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Re: Fair Market v. Supply

C1J1Miller@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 10/20/98 02:20:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> deputer@email.msn.com writes:
> > FYI - I just purchased a 1991 20v sedan, very nice, 49k mi, pearl/blue int,
> >  from the original owner for $13,000.  I felt that I paid a bit much, as the
> >  car needs a bomb, timing belt, and some misc items tended to, but the owner
> >  originally wanted $14,500.  The car had been for sale here in the Seattle
> >  area since March, according to his wife.
> As with most audis, it's not the mileage (within reason), it's the condition
> and maintenance history.  I think you got a fair or good deal, personally, if
> the car is in good shape, but then, I own one...
> chris miller, windham NH, c1j1miller@aol.com
> http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/index.html


I agree that condition is more impoortant than mileage, but the
discussion cannot end there.  Often, mileage is certainly something of a
proxy for condition, even if only a general indicator.  As I look for
one of these rare 200s, I note that many I am offered have 125 to 200k
miles on the clock.  Most are far away and difficult to evaluate for
that reason.  I'd love to find a nearby car with some miles that has
been nicely maintained and remains in excellent condition, but I think
that many (even most) of the best of these cars have lower mileage than
the cars I have been offered to date.

Thanks for your comments.
David Kaplan
Waltham Studios-144 Moody St.
Waltham, MA 02154
(781) 647-0408