For those keeping count
So far, in my plane buying struggles-
2 planes had extremely old unresolved liens
1 plane failed pre-buy (wouldnt even start)
2 owners backed out of selling after accepting an offer. One owner did this 3 times..
1 owner stopped returned my emails and texts completely, after sending him a signed contract with a price we agreed on together.
2 planes had missing logs, even after the point blank question and affirmative response of "complete logs?"
3 sellers (brokers) wanted about 15k too much. Even after showing them valid and reasonable evaluations, they wouldnt really budge. Those planes are still for sale today at basically the same high price, but now have sat for over a year. Planes get more or less expensive when sitting??
2 planes priced a little high based on the ad. As we dug into the logs, pictures and calls, the truth comes out, and they finally agree its not worth what they priced it at, and were willing to accept almost 50% off the ad price just to sell. I dont want a bargain basement handyman special plane.
Not to mention the numerous dredges that brokers (mainly) are trying to pass off as decent planes.
Here is a thought, you list and price a plane honestly and fairly, and I will pay you an honest and fair price. Even would be willing to pay above a honest and fair price. Missing logs, holes in the wings, havent started in a year and wont start, dont really want to sell, or hasnt had an annual in 3 years, then put that into the ad and price accordingly. Yes, all those have happened to me on separate planes.
This is brought about by doing a title search on the latest victim plane and finding a huge lien from 1959 against it. Everyone is hopeful it will be fixed, it will just take time. Me? Not so hopeful based on past performance.
I feel bad for the guy I have hired to help me. He charged me a flat fee to find me a plane and help me through the purchase. I dont think he knew of my bad luck and horrible timing.
I have the money ready, I have a guy that will call you within a day or less to start the conversation, I can hire a guy to do a pre-buy once the contract is signed, I am a valid eager customer. What am I missing?