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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 19, 8:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with it

I sold a 700r4 trans to a guy, he has no idea how to set it up or that the driveshaft will need shortened, and from the pics of his car that he showed me I think the trans is worth more than his car. He paid me half and will pay me the rest next week. Im having second thoughts about selling it to him. I know if he doesn't set it up correctly it will burn up and he will blame me. I showed him how to set it up and gave him all the brackets that go with it but I have my doubts.
BTW I still have the trans until he pays me the rest.
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

I'd firmly explain to set it up correctly or it wont last so take your time and double check everything, No Refunds
BTW sold a TEC 9 and told the guy don't use steel jackets, you guessed it and of course the "you sold me a bad..." lol, No Refunds
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

I was selling a honda 185s three wheeler
lady brings a 10 year old kid and has him sit on it
I asked who was the trike for, and was told for the 10 year old! I told her thanks but the trike isnt for sale. I explained that the kid wasn't big enough and I knew the kid would get hurt. lady was upset, even told me she had the cash to buy it right then. I still said no
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

Send the guy an email or text clearly explaining how to set it up. It will likely give you some protection.

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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 19, 8:32 AM
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

It may not mean much, but you could have the buyer sign a receipt stating the tranny is sold "as is" and may need modification to fit his application. Or something like that. Lets you off the hook.
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

Another way to protect yourself, is to thoroughly go over it with him again when he comes to pick it up, but this time record the conversation so there's no doubt that he was told. Obviously, check your local laws, here in MI. it is ok to record a conversation as long as at least one party being recorded is privy to the recording.

Oh, and if you're not sure about the law on this in TN., I can get that for you, I know a retired general sessions judge down there in Pulaski.

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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

I had a 2000 Victory that I put enough money into (don't ask but it was a lot) that it ran in the 11s. When I bought a new Harley they wouldn't take it on trade, had it for sale for almost a year, ended up selling it for less than I had in the engine. Some kid bought it, I had to load it in his pickup. Never saw him again. I've always wondered.....

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Regrets-wise, I sold my really quick and highly modified '70 SS to a "kid (I was all of 21 at the time)." I doubt he could handle it and I suspect he cracked it up, but that's the way of the world.

I know the kid who bought The Wife's Z-28 smashed it up. Oh well, life goes on.

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My uncle sold his 1986 Iroc Camaro (remember when those were "fast cars") to one of his son's friends. Car was wrapped around a pole a week later.

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We've all seen the big rigs that haul race cars around. S&S Welding, Greenwood, NE, makes some big ones, mainly for dirt racers, but will do whatever you like. Anyway, I was over there, either picking up or ordering my new trailer from them. Guy was telling me how some rich old dude, ordered a brand new conversion on a brand new chassis, over $400k just for the truck part, no trailer. Had the best of everything, cherry and quartz, on and on. He showed up to drive it home, had no idea how to drive one, 18 speed, 550hp. They showed him a few things, he jumped in and away he went. Sounded crazy to me, that's for sure. He just wanted to use it to go camping I was told...lol
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A friend of mine had a 68 Chevelle SS that was pretty quick back in the day. He had taken his father out in it quite a few times and showed the car no mercy. Well he ended up getting drafted and put the car up for sale. When a kid came to look at it and bought it his father said I hope you can handle it, it's really a quick car. About 2 weeks later the kid hit a bridge abutment head on with the drivers side and got killed in it.

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I think this could turn out bad for either of you. Buying a transmission or engine not in a car, to a stranger is a gamble for the buyer. Im using your situation as a scenario, but NOT saying the trans is bad, BUT someone could possibly sell a bad transmission saying it needs hooked up right or there will be problems. Say he then does hook it up correctly and finds it bad(which in my example the seller already knows). Then it turns into a battle for one guy said it was good, but must of been hooked up incorrectly. And the other says he hooked it up correctly, so the trans. was bad from the start.I think it could turn into a quick mess. Unless it was sold for core price, since thats what people here generally price something untested. Just my thoughts. Hope it does indeed turn out well for you!
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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

Sell it with a signed bill of sale, describing the item sold, the amount paid and also marked "as-is with no warranty or guarantee expressed or implied." Print 2 copies, one for each of you, and you both sign each and each keep a copy.

Done and done.

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I think this could turn out bad for either of you. Buying a transmission or engine not in a car, to a stranger is a gamble for the buyer. Im using your situation as a scenario, but NOT saying the trans is bad, BUT someone could possibly sell a bad transmission saying it needs hooked up right or there will be problems. Say he then does hook it up correctly and finds it bad(which in my example the seller already knows). Then it turns into a battle for one guy said it was good, but must of been hooked up incorrectly. And the other says he hooked it up correctly, so the trans. was bad from the start.I think it could turn into a quick mess. Unless it was sold for core price, since thats what people here generally price something untested. Just my thoughts. Hope it does indeed turn out well for you!
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This is my reply from a post Jim made a week or so ago....

Oh yes!!!! I was selling a 74 Corvette. I simply got tired of fixing 10yrs of previous owner/s neglect. I got several calls and lookyloos, but only two actual money offers. I provided a detailed list of what I felt the car needed, which if one was willing/able to do the work themselves, was not a giant deal. I called both parties and let them know that who ever showed up with the amount first, gets the car. I should have know better than to sell the car to someone that showed up to test drive the car dressed like he was going to the local "Disco".... complete with the Gold Chains and Platform Shoes......but he left me a large percentage of the price, and the other interested party just kept calling, telling me he was still interested. The day he showed up with the "Balance", again I went over the list, pointing out that a few thing were sooner than later, but most important....The Car Had To Be In Reverse, When You Turned The Key Off. The car was only gone two days and the phone calls started. I got so tired of him calling, I finally offered to take the car back and give him back the money, but he was not happy with that, so I just stopped answering the phone. Never Again.

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Re: Ever sold something to someone knowing they have no business with

Put it in writing. Have him sign a bill of sale with the statement that he understands that if it's not set up correctly, transmission failure will result.
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