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Auction Time at LeMay

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

I recently attended the “Lucky” car auction in Parkland (South Tacoma) and was lucky enough NOT to buy a car although there was a red and white Rambler station wagon I considered. There were several other cars I liked but fortunately other bidders were willing to pay more than me.  The prices ranged from $25 for a 1915 rust heap to over $500,000 for a Ferrari but most of the cars were in the $10-25,000 range and of course some of the cars didn’t meet their reserve and went home with their owners.  There were some good values that I managed to pass up.  Some of the cars were from the LeMay collection as they do cull their collection at times and the others were from private sellers and even some car dealers.  Buying a car at an auction is risky since you can’t test drive them and some of the cars are in the auction because they have problems the seller just wants to be rid of.

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Classic Car Corner - Studie

  • Written by Tom Berg Windermere
More Car Action.  Alas, I finally got serious about reducing my fleet and put my 48 Studebaker convertible on Ebay.  Although I had 1199 purchases over the years on Ebay I had never even tried to sell anything but this car. It is very unique and the odds of finding a buyer around here seemed slim.  Ebay would reach the whole world (I even had an offer from Spain).   There are some negatives with Ebay--scams, bidders who don’t follow through, lack of interest (a lot of cars don’t sell), and lots of questions from potential buyers.  I had set a reserve price  and  the starting price at half of that.  It would be a 10 day auction and I had lots of interest and a few bids right away but the final bid was well below my reserve.  I called the high bidder and he wasn’t willing to go my reserve price. Meanwhile two people contacted me who hadn’t even bid and both wanted it at my price.  The bidders were from Florida and California and I sold it to the Californian so off it went.
 
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2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

  • Written by Julie Boselly
 
Are you a mini-van avoider like me? I see the appeal for families, and understand how they are useful, I just never wanted one.
 
I recently passed a man driving a mini-van on 522, with a bumper sticker in the rear window which read, “I used to be cool.” The new Odyssey could be the game changer for many feeling the same way.
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2017 Kia Niro Touring

  • Written by Julie Boselly
It’s always exciting to drive a new car you haven’t experienced before. At first glance, the Niro looks pretty similar to most other small SUVs. It’s not the most stunning interior, but it is comfortable, and quickly grew on me. 2017 is the Niro’s first year on the market.
 
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Flood-damaged cars could be for sale in Washington

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

OLYMPIA — While many areas of the country are still reeling from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, scam artists are now trying to sell flood-damaged vehicles here in Washington state. The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance estimates as many as 1 million flood-damaged vehicles could be sold to unsuspecting buyers nationwide.

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