The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'd Make A Lousy Used Car Salesman

Battlestar Redneckia has been decommissioned from The South 40 Fleet and sold to the highest bidder.

It is indeed a sad day. I really liked that old Holiday Rambler Imperial. In it's day it was the pride of the fleet for it's class. But that day was 30 years ago. Fortunately, one of it's features was an all aluminum frame. Zero wood rot to worry about. Caveman technology.

After 30 years, the framework is just as sturdy today as the day it was built.

The young couple that bought it has plans of using it as a shuttle to California, a trip the RV has made numerous times. But I impressed upon them repeadly that their plan was not the best possible scenario for this RV.

Here to TMS, here to Turner Falls or maybe even Corpus, no problemo. But here to Cali? You might want to re-think that long and hard. But here lies the dilemma. Do I kill my sale in the interest of their future safety making a risky trip, or do I alert the buyer of any fatal flaws in their plans and let nature take it's course? If I do and they ignore me, am I still liable (ethically)?

The RV is amazingly sound for it's age and has a very tight 350 Chevy engine and Turbo 350 tranny. Mechanically it's a beast. I had complete maintaince records for the RV and tried to explain any quirks I knew it had. I gave them an honest deal and lost money on it.

Still, I can't help but think about these young kids that bought my old RV while stranded in the New Mexico desert surrounded by  zombies. (Stay tuned for an upcoming "The Walking Dead" review!)

But then, who am I to intrude on a roadtrip of passage? I once rode a Suzuki 750 from here to Seattle in February. You do what you gotta do, and I'd have really loved to have done it in a Holiday Rambler Imperial!

The way I look at it I gave them the best possible information about the tools for the job they had in mind. If I understated any part, then it's my bad. I lost $500 on the deal, but figured I got that much wear and tear out of it at TMS.

Fair winds my young friends!.But don't say I didn't told ya so!

1 comment:

aroundthecorner said...

You did the right thing, you discussed all the little quirks and what YOU knew to be wrong. It is their decision now. I had the same problem when we sold the Winny....Twice, when I told them a few quirks, they turned tail and ran. At least I was honest!