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Classic Car Corner

  • Written by Tom Berg

I thought I could go the entire year without buying another car.  I’m not counting my new Real Estate car (Porsche Macan) that I picked up in January since I had ordered it in the fall.  I do like my new Porsche and thought perhaps I might one day need to add a Porsche sports car to my fleet but certainly at a later date.  Unfortunately one of my local car guy friends turned me on to the Bring a Trailer auction website.  It has that odd name because when it started out it was mostly for vintage cars that need work (thus: bring your trailer cause it ain’t gonna drive) but has morphed into a site that has a lot of Jags, Mercedes, PORSCHES and other nice European cars along with a few American classics.  Very few of the cars listed today need any work.  The listings have lots of photos, good descriptions, and a comment section where anyone can speak their mind about the listing.  It’s amazing the knowledge some of these people have and share on the site.  As it turns out, there are LOTS of Porsches listed so I started reading up on them.  They cost from $10,000 to well over $100,000. I knew that if I was going to buy one, it was going to be an entry level driver that needed no work.  I decided that the 914 would be the car for me.  I still didn’t think I would be successful in my bidding since I was only going to bid low just for the fun of bidding.

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Classic Car Corner

  • Written by Tom Berg

I thought I could go the entire year without buying another car.  I’m not counting my new Real Estate car (Porsche Macan) that I picked up in January since I had ordered it in the fall.  I do like my new Porsche and thought perhaps I might one day need to add a Porsche sports car to my fleet but certainly at a later date.  Unfortunately one of my local car guy friends turned me on to the Bring a Trailer auction website.  It has that odd name because when it started out it was mostly for vintage cars that need work (thus: bring your trailer cause it ain’t gonna drive) but has morphed into a site that has a lot of Jags, Mercedes, PORSCHES and other nice European cars along with a few American classics.  Very few of the cars listed today need any work.  The listings have lots of photos, good descriptions, and a comment section where anyone can speak their mind about the listing.  It’s amazing the knowledge some of these people have and share on the site.  As it turns out, there are LOTS of Porsches listed so I started reading up on them.  They cost from $10,000 to well over $100,000. I knew that if I was going to buy one, it was going to be an entry level driver that needed no work.  I decided that the 914 would be the car for me.  I still didn’t think I would be successful in my bidding since I was only going to bid low just for the fun of bidding.

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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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