I apologize in advance for my mini-rant. Here's a Focus RS500.

When perusing the list of Craig, there are some key things to avoid. I know a number of these things have been mentioned before, (ran when parked, AC just needs recharge, etc.), but as a near future car buyer, some common threads appeared. All of them made me want to attack said threads with a seam-ripper.

"Speedometer needs to be reconnected"

Then why don't you reconnect it and sell it for more?

"Needs these parts. Have them but they need to be installed."

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Again, why don't you fix the damn thing instead of making me drive home with parts boxes rattling around.

"A little damage, but nothing major."

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I will take your word for it, buster, because I'm sure you're an expert in frame integrity and car mechanics.


"Power everything."

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Does it have power lug nuts? I think not.


"Cars with rebuilt title, but listed as 'like new'"

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Just because you put all the pieces back on does not undo the fact that it was at some point declared a total loss.


"Great project!"

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I'll be the judge of that. Disassembled/unrepaired does not equal project. It equals disassembled/unrepaired.


"$1"

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I know, I know. No car will sell for a dollar. But come on, make my 'sort by price low-to-high easy.


And finally, at least for the moment. . .

"Mechanics fucking special."

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Contrary to what Craig may insist, just because your car is busted as hell does not mean a mechanic is willing, or even able to fix it. At least not with a reasonable amount of money. If you had visited them occasionally in the past 10 years maybe your car wouldn't have to be so special to them. That is all.