Okay, I’m in…
Discussions over beer can result in fruitful action. Last Friday evening I was out with friends (a rare occasion for me) & talking about my ‘Big White Whale‘ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE) selling project. That is, the idea that I want to fix it up to get a better selling price. I was convincingly guided that I would be MUCH better off putting it up on craigslist.
My former car salesman friend & neighbor, Richard, assisted me with the correct description verbiage & away it went. Within 20 minutes of posting the ad I got my first call. I’ve gotten a steady stream of interested callers & some have been actually serious.
Yesterday, on the way home from work I decided to swing by CarMax, just to satisfy my curiosity about what they might offer me. In the past, from my experience & hearing from others, you can’t expect much. Well, 45 minutes later I was pleasantly surprised with what they would offer me – it was substantially higher than what I was asking for it on craigslist. I have till next Wednesday to accept their offer. I have since pulled my ad off of the Internet.
On the other side of this, I’m trolling the Internet, making calls & starting to visit local Miatas. There’s some crud out there, but I’m sure there’s a hidden jewel in the rough waiting for me out there – we shall see.
Craig, my good Miata buddy (& the guy who suggested I advertise the Nissan as is on craigslist – no relation) has been offering lots of good advice & encouragement. He also suggested I put out feelers for people in the local autocross community to keep their eyes peeled for a possible Miata for me. Here’s the communique I posted out on a number of choice Internet places:
I’m seriously looking to buy a nicely used Miata within the next couple of weeks.
Here are the specifics of what I’m looking for:
– NA series from 1994 to 1997 (with a preference for the ’96 or ’97 model)
– 5 speed manual (of course)
– Torsen limited-slip differential
– Working, cold AC
– Reasonably appropriate amount of mileage
– Prefer a clear title
– Relatively stock – this has to be my daily driver 1st, weekend autocrosser 2nd (would prefer to keep it in the stock class)
– A straight & relatively dent-free body
– And, hopefully in the $3500 or less price range
I live in the northwest side of San Antonio, but if I hear of a good prospect & I get good info with pix to support the prospect, I WILL drive the distance to see & possibly buy it!
Please keep your ears to the ground & let me know what hear about out there that’s worthwhile.
Thanks in advance for your assist!
We’ll see what happens – I will keep you up to date.
Racing Ready is very anticipatory about this quest.