I am all for a good bit of haggling, but it seems to me some people need a kick in the nuts when it comes to the skill. I went through this before when I sold my BMW. I did my research on the year, mileage, condition, etc. and listed the sled for what was a FAIR price-AED 24,000. I had all the jackholes calling saying they would give me 6 grand or 10 grand. They kept explaining they were "cash buyers" (great, it is a 10 year old car for 24K). One guy comes out, sees it and says, ok, 8K last price. I told him I would sooner smash it into a wall than accept that offer. A few weeks go buy, and countless hours wasted showing it, until this dude comes by, let's call him "Educated Consumer". He did his inspection, said he had one more to see, and then ring me. Alas, later that evening, he said he would come back with 24k in cash, as the car represented good value and a fair price. Car sold, saw him a year later and he was still loving it.
I am beginning the process of selling my Prado now, I am meeting "Educated Consumer's" evil twin..."Economic Expert". I did the same for my Prado as I did for the BMW before listing it...did my research, etc before pricing it. Seems everyone that calls now says "in these tough economic times...people losing jobs....things aren't worth what they were...used car market is bad". If one more d-bag lectures me on why I should accept a pittance for a perfectly good buggy I am going to flip. Apparently it WOULD have been worth asking price before the crash, but now it is "too much less". I have just resolved to let "Educated Consumer" find me once again, as I am not driving all over town to sell this buggy .
I just returned from showing the Prado to a dude, "Clueball Prospective Sale", and he brought his cousin, "Knowledgeable Buddy". I have not met one of those in years. "Knowledgeable buddy" had decided the truck had been in an accident before he got out of his own car because "car is too clean, under bonnet, screws too nice". Oh god. As Knowledgeable Buddy spoke to Clueball P. Sale in Russian, I could tell by his gestures as he pointed things out on the truck that clearly he must have worked for Toyota engineering in the past and this was going no where. He also said the yellow primer was so obvious the vehicle had been re-painted.
It turns out, apparently my vehicle has been hit on the driver's side in the past and re-painted, and he could tell because the battery mount was different, as well as the headlight seal was different than the other. I guess the service history indicating a replaced headlight LAMP and a new Heavy-Duty battery didn't carry much weight. And I guess I failed to mention that the yellow "primer" was in fact rust-proofing I never mentioned in the ad.
If anyone knows if Educated Consumer is still in Dubai, let me know.