We had a ten year old Lumina van that was rapidly dying. The last time we took it for inspection, they told us that it needed new ball joints, a major steering part, a new catalytic converter, and about a dozen other things. They estimated about five thousand dollars in repairs to make it pass inspection, so they recommended junking it.
We decided to first put it on eBay and see if we could at least get a little for it for parts. We were totally honest. We listed every fault that the inspection had found, and we even said that there were probably other things wrong with it that were not found. We emphasized that it was not safe to drive and would be prohibitively expensive to fix. Imagine our surprise when bids quickly rose to a hundred dollars… then two hundred, and up it went. The van finally sold for $950!
Here’s the kicker. We live in Pennsylvania. The buyer lived in Texas! He bought a one-way plane ticket to fly here, paid us in cash, and said he was planning to drive it back to Texas!!! Huh? What do you suppose happened here?