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Old 14-07-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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- As it immediately creates a redundancy. That quote is ascribed to the late Sir James Goldsmith, father of Jemima.

So - one car having departed my stable in the name of rationalisation and recapitalising, I am now considering filling the void with another, rather than feeling the serenity of less cars to worry about.

Nothing flash, nothing new, in keeping with my general inclination to share things around it will probably be an AU ute. I've spent many hours learning the intricacies, the quirks of their trim and wiring - why waste that knowledge and jump into another model?

A vehicle has been tentatively selected, the problems are several.

(a.) It will start, but won't stay running
(b.) It's almost 400km away in a small town
(c.) the owner is not a mechanic and doesn't trust the local one (apparently it ran fine until he took it there)
(d.) It's e-gas with an unknown swapped-in converter
(e.) My obligations increasingly tie me down in Sydney

How could this not end well?
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Old 14-07-2019, 09:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like a one night stand to me. (I'd say "Move on." but I don't think you will.)
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Old 14-07-2019, 09:56 PM   #3
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I think you relish a challenge...
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Old 15-07-2019, 08:19 AM   #4
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These deals always depend on whats more valuable to you, time or money...

just to inspect its a day out of your life you'll never get back , then there is the troubleshooting effort.

Balance that against options (the current market/ probabiliity of a good deal)

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Old 16-07-2019, 08:39 PM   #5
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I think this one has resolved itself.

Numerous discussions over a week with the vendor, he gained education in some basic operational tests from me. Thus armed, he managed to track down the problem and apparently fix it suitably. (It was as I suspected, a faulty/damaged CAS.)

So then he calls me back, happy as Larry that itís fixed, now he wants more for it. Well, hopefully someone will pay him more, but itís unlikely to be me!
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That's rude of him!

(And not wanting to be myself, it would have been nice if you included some of the good features of the car, rather than just the problems!)
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Old 16-07-2019, 09:03 PM   #7
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Apparently it had new tyres and some replaced suspension parts, a banginí sound system, and a nearside door plus guard were included to replace the damaged ones.

Iíd have thought the ďBlokeís guide to gratitudeĒ in this instance would have been to say thanks, appreciate the help to make it usable, hit us up for a countery next time youíre coming through.
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(Motor and gearbox, Bender!)
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Old 16-07-2019, 09:21 PM   #9
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I think it was almost 400K and a slushie.
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Old 18-07-2019, 11:15 AM   #10
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Another AU trayback ute in my sights. This one is closer to me and has a towbar.
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Old 18-07-2019, 04:30 PM   #11
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Someone scored, not me. Too slow!

Manual V8 AU3 trayback with NSW rego and 200K, for three-and-a-bit.
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Damn it!
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Old 18-07-2019, 10:26 PM   #13
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Yes, a mate is spewing from my missing that one - he wanted to do skids in it.

Found another well priced ute, you clearly can’t hang about with these! This one would be a fly out, drive back long day trip.
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Old 20-07-2019, 09:08 PM   #14
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"Of dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return"

The next ute which looked good on first premises, was too rusty for my comfort level, and the vendor - living interstate - had mislaid his NSW rego papers.

Yesterday I started punching prospective buys into a spreadsheet. I'm trying to establish a base cost per day, irrespective of whether the vehicle is used or not. Essentially the cost of simply having it. I can't get this below about $18 including pro-rated registration, insurance, provision for W&T, and incorporating recognition of a low retained (fire-sale) value.
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Old 20-07-2019, 10:40 PM   #15
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A complex equation indeed. But sometimes the heart desires what the mind can't always justify. I'm going with my heart. I trust it more than some other's minds. (Did I mention, I'm going to hell? - Oh, I did in another thread.)
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Old 20-07-2019, 11:09 PM   #16
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Iíve actually weighted the costs in recognition of emotional ďpullĒ against reality, so the pro-rated daily figure reflects the influence of an irrational decision. Great minds, eh?

The dream find would be a Congo Green S3 AU XR8 with column shift 6HP26 conversion, supplementary airbags and onboard compressor.

A nod to the RMS online registration check, picked up a concession not stated by seller. Thatís a $466 ďoversightĒ to make a freshly registered vehicle sound more appealing in price...
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$18 then is chicken feed, if the dream finds you.
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Old 21-07-2019, 08:42 PM   #18
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I'm looking at two BA traybacks now, so the AU search has apparently run its course.

One has galactic mileage, two weeks expired rego but a nice tray. The other is lower mileage, 10 months pensioner rego, and a rough tray. It's tempting to buy both and swap the trays. Neither is a three seater.

Either way, I pretty much need a ute on the road and earning its keep this week.

My mate wants me to buy the AU wagon in Queensland, that's essentially been remade into a mobile brothel. He'd probably want to do skids with it.
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Eyesight not what it was, I read that as:

"A man should never carry his mattress"
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