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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 10:43 am    Post subject: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

I have always been the type to try and look for old VWs in yards and sheds as I drive down back roads never with much luck but yesterday that changed. While taking my wife out to dinner last night I decided to take a road near my home that I typically never travel. As I drove past a particular home I happened to see out of the corner of my eye a big blue tarp covering an old bus way back on someone's property. The only visible parts were the tail lights. To me it looks to be a mid to late 60s bus. The main reason for my post is to ask those who have knocked on doors for this sort of stuff what is the best way you have found to approach the property owner about maybe selling it or at least letting me see it. Any thoughts on how to approach this?
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just tell them that you happened to see it as you were driving by and was wondering if you could take a look since you're considering buying one. Make sure you drive your VW when you go so they will see that you're a true VW lover and that it would be in good hands.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a good idea. I just know some people dont like that sorta thing and I guess I understand it but never hurts to ask I guess.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: Stoped by today in my beetle. The owner was outside. He was none too pleased, He informed me its not for sale and will never be for sale. I guess it never hurts to ask. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll never forget an article in Hot VWs I read back in about 1985. It was about a young guy who spotted a '58 ish ragtop bug at a place where the owner said he'd never sell. The kid replied something close to, "okay, but I'm coming back in exactly a year from now, and if it's still untouched- you have to sell it to me."
He returned a year later and the seller did say yes.

My track record since those days:
1966 deluxe microbus; 4 years since first note on windshield- I was the only guy who was nice to his wife.
1963 bug; 8 years since one and only note on windshield. Everyone else wanted to part out the car.
1977 Land Cruiser FJ 40- only nice person to knock.

My steadfast rule: Always approach the house or neighbors BEFORE combing over the car.

Try going over again- but offer to help him retie the tarp and air up the tires. Tell him you want to help him keep it so it doesn't rot away while he sits on it for years. There was a great 21 window that rotted away under everyone's noses a few years ago. Nobody would replace their shitty old blue tarp with a new- or trim the weeds that rotted it from the ground up. The poor bus just got a little worse each year. Make sure he has your number- and get his. When the weather tears the patio roof off your place- call him to make sure things are okay at his place, etc. Earn your place as the next caring owner. There's a ton you can still do with this guy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My worst fear: when it rains it pours. One time, my phone rang and it was time to go pick up one of my deals I had earned over time. With the bank account empty, less than a week later, with my wife on vacation in Disneyland with my daughter, the phone rang again for my deluxe bus. I have feelers all over the valley- and it is very poor timing when I get the call. I can't tell you how many I've had to pass on.
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I wonder what the nut looks like.



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having been approached by people interested in a few of my vehicles, I can sympathize with people that are offended by unsolicited inquiries. I think the better approach is to complement their vehicle and to tell the owners that you've been looking for a vehicle like theirs and ask them if they know anybody else in the area that might have one for sale. You give them a sincere compliment, you give them an easy out, you give them an opportunity to sell if they need the money. You can always part with an offer to call you if they ever do want to sell. Remember, you are on their property looking at their property. Be respectful.

If somebody offered to air up my tires, I'd offer to kick them in the ass as they leave.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My suggestion - if he's local to you... make friends with him over the VW. Ask if he needs any parts you have... etc.

It might be that he loves the VW but really doesn't have the time or energy to put into it... but love is a funny thing (as we all know) because he won't admit that he's actually doing the car a disservice.

Worst case scenario - you make a new VW buddy and help a bus on the road. Best case - he realizes how much work this is going to be and gives you a price.

Either way - it's clear he's not a fan of the idea of selling it... so don't push it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

I always introduce myself and hold out a hand. I then tell them my reason for stopping. A small compliment or two will usually get some conversation flowing. My latest acquisition I stopped by on a bug with a for sale sign in the back window. I went straight to the door. A very nice lady (nice looking also) came to the door. I introduced myself and inquired about the bug. She came outside and I offered her a handshake. She accepted and she told me about the car. 30 minutes later we agreed on a price and told her I would return the next day with cash if she would sign and have the title notorized. She did, I did and it all worked fine. Scored a nice 71 duster that same way about 15 years ago. But I have run In to the occasional grouch who is going to "fix it up one day".
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

Ask around...maybe there's a reason he won't sell it.

Worked in a store about 20+ years ago, and there was a grumpy old man that would drive in every now and then in the summer in an older rabbit convertible that looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor. He also bought a new VW every 2 years. He never said more than 2 words to anyone.

He got really irritated with me when I asked him if he ever considered selling the vert. Found out from someone else it was a birthday gift to his wife about 6 months before she died. It had maybe 9,000 miles on it. Embarassed

Kept talking to him and made friends with him...ended up driving the convertible, putting a exhaust on a beautiful pristine beetle hidden in another garage and driving it, plus a couple of the new VW's in the years that followed...and got a tour of the other garage holding a T-bird, a vintage Fairlane, and a gorgeous old Ford truck.

His sister sold them all at an auction when he passed away years later. No way I could afford what the beetle and that convertible sold for. But I enjoyed the friendship and will always remember driving them.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

The fact a car is sitting on your property DOES NOT mean it is for sale. I've had cars sit on in driveway as rollers while they get worked on, many came and asked, so i just gave them a huge price tag. No one bit. I did run into a few people after the cars were done, but they didn't ask again.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

ALLWAGONS wrote:
The fact a car is sitting on your property DOES NOT mean it is for sale. I've had cars sit on in driveway as rollers while they get worked on, many came and asked, so i just gave them a huge price tag. No one bit. I did run into a few people after the cars were done, but they didn't ask again.


You hit it on the head. Folks rarely walk on your private property to ask if your car is for sale if it is obviously being driven and loved. They (as I do) ask when their car is obviously in a state of disrepair or incompleteness- usually unloved. I usually just look at the license plate and notice that your precious part of the family car is on flat tires and the tags expired 6 years ago. Wink
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I wonder what the nut looks like.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

I spotted this Bay in a back yard years ago :

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Which led me to this:

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The old lady that owned it would not sell it at the time, but after 9 years, she gave in & sold it to me. I bought the Bay years later...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Today I spotted a bus in a back yard .Need advice Reply with quote

People leave notes on my bus often and also stop over any time i am outside to chat and ask me if i want to sell it. I can see people inquiring about a vehicle that is clearly "abandoned" or has not moved in a long time, but my bus is always moving, clean and obviously "occupied".
It does not bother me, I am friendly and dont mind making new VW friends. Orange Bus Green Bug White Bay Bus Lt. Blue Vanagon Green Bay Bus Green Ghia VW Logo TS Logo
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