With my car tagged and bagged, I have a few experiences to share about selling your car.
Not sure if this is specific to Sabah or whether it happens everywhere in Malaysia, but here are the people who will call to buy, or not, the car you’re selling.
I got an interesting collection of people inquiring about my car I sold recently.
Apparently posting your car on Mudah.com.my attracts an automatic scam email and / or SMS, which goes a little something like this: “From NorsiahAhmad: am interested in your vehicle on mudah, get back to me with the price and condition by email…”
That of course is a red flag for a scam right there, because a) that info is already on Mudah and b) WTF do you SMS me to ask me to email you back when there’s an email form right above where you found my phone number?
I replied to the SMS the first time to say ‘condition and price as per Mudah’, but nothing happened after that. I also accidentally replied to the 1st email version, to which I received a reply an hour or so later.
In the email the person claimed to be satisfied with the condition of the car without having seen it, said they will arrange shipping and asked that I send my address and bank account number. Presumably when they have these details they will somehow relieve you of your money by stealing your identity.
At one point I paid Mudah to renew my car ad daily and every day, after the renewal, I got similar messages. These were the numbers, names and email addresses involved:
+15197216591 / +15197224978 / +15197216854 / +60123221279
3223500000601 – email@example.com
NorsiahAhmad – norsahmad (at) yahoo (dot) com
NorsiahAhmad – amadnorsiah (at) yahoo (dot) com
AbelAhmad – amadnorsiah (at) yahoo (dot) com
Needless to say: avoid! Don’t even reply.
2. Tyre Kickers
I’ve received a few calls and text messages from people who it appears exclusively call to ask for a discount – maybe as a sport or hobby. I didn’t say no, I was open to negotiation, but I wanted them to come and look at the car first before negotiating.
All but 3 of people who called and ask this question never called back.
3. Wheeler Dealers
Most interesting contact I had was from a guy who was very eager to come and look at the car. He asked for discount, I said come have a look.
He said no problem, but he’s not the buyer, his uncle is and can I please give him a discount so that he can mark it up when he tells his uncle, because, he said, “I also have to earn my commission.”
I said “You want to earn a commission from telling your uncle about a car?”.
“Yes”, he replied as if that’s perfectly normal. I hung up hoping not to hear from him again, but he texted me soon afterwards.
“I called u just now regarding the MyVi. If the uncle is ok, just plus 2k into ur price ok? Thanks.” RM2,000 for telling somebody about a car!? Holy shit.
I replied to him and said I would prefer not to do dealings like that, and perhaps it’s better that he doesn’t buy my car.
Karma is a bitch, and who wants to fuck with Karma? Not me.
4. Almost Buyers
These are people who are genuinely interested and honestly wants to buy the car, but alas, you know their loans will probably not get approved.
First they ask if the car is still under your loan, which, I imagine, they plan to take over and perhaps not complete. I’m not sure how that works. But my car has been paid off for a year already, only had a 5 year loan on it – so that’s not an option anyway.
Then they ask for 100% finance. Again, not sure where you can get a 100% loan these days, but I also have to disappoint them by telling them I don’t arrange the loans, they have to visit a bank for that.
The one guy only got a loan approved for RM22k and he couldn’t get the rest in cash – no sale. I thought if I get desperate, at the last minute I would go back and offer the car to him at that price. Rather him than a car dealer.
The second loan applicants were a couple with 2 kids. They went for the loan, but got outright rejected. Then they didn’t bother to call me and tell me, like they said they would. Luckily I called them without waiting for too long.
5. The Best Buyer Ever
Then, finally an uncle came to look. Quiet, confident, cautiously eager – it’s a poker game you see: be interested, but not too interested otherwise no room to negotiate.
In spite of knowing that, shitty bargainer that I am, I settled on RM26k with him – down from the RM28k advertised and the RM32k in my dreams. But a sale is a sale, not like I had months to work with.
He actually took the car for a test drive – the first and only person to do so. And he paid me a RM100 deposit. That was a heavy blow to my conscience, which then realise the sale might actually take place and that would mean I would have to book that ticket, which means I would be out of here by the end of my visa.
The uncle, who eventually became the buyer, helped me through almost the entire process, but up until I had the money in the bank, I was forever weary – South African, you see, trust no one.