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Selling a car can be a bit of a faff, primarily because buyers tend to have a propensity to ask endless tedious questions. Worse still are the chancers who cite all manner of reasons why they can only offer you a tenth of the asking price - but in CASH.
Given this, it's no surprise that motorsport mechanic, supercar instructor and grid girl Laura Jones, was asked by her brother to sell his car for him.
The 26-year-old, from Coventry, UK, subsequently took the opportunity to post an advert for his Ford Fiesta lampooning the 'absolute k*****r' buyers most of us have had the misfortune of dealing with when trying to sell a car.
The full advert is a thing of beauty, but quite a long thing of beauty, so here's an abridged version:
"It is a 1.6 tdci (a diesel) - it's good on fuel - no this doesn't mean you can throw a fiver in it, break down after 80 miles then ring me saying I lied about the fuel economy - use your noggin.
"You are more than welcome to test drive the car IF you can prove to me you're insured. By prove, I do not mean your mate McKenzie swearing on his dogs life that he's got a licence, or telling me you're insured on every car because your mate's uncle's goldfish's mum's nephew owns a garage. What I mean is, I need to see your insurance... end of.
"So, the car is up for sale for £2,750 - that does not translate to any of the following -
. I offer payment plans
. I'll take £500
. I'll hold onto it for 3 months whilst you save up your dole money
. I'll loan you the car with the promise you'll pay me for it to then have it returned to me by the old bill after it was used for a daylight robbery (not my 1st choice for a getaway car I must say)
. Allow you to take it for a 3 day test drive"
The post continues: "Going back to test drives - if you can't show me proof of insurance, then I am more than happy to take you for a spin in the car. By spin, I mean take it around the block and demonstrate all gears work correctly, brakes work and throttle without any components falling off the car.
"If at any point whilst I'm driving, you decide to try and find chav FM on the radio, adjust my mirrors, press any buttons, or god forbid, attempt to speak to me, I will kindly leave you on the side of the road.
"Last but not least, if you happen to be that absolute k*****r who comes to view the car, realises I'm of the female kind and attempts to tell me how the car is broken in anyway shape or form, I promise to waste a minimum of 50 minutes of your time going along with your lies, purely for entertainment, s***s and giggles, making you think you're going to get the car for half the price, followed by mid conversation, shaking your hand and kindly telling you to p*** off.
"So yep... there you have it. Fiesta. Grey. Diesel. Goes brum. £2,750."
Bravo Miss Jones, bravo.
The post was only actually meant as a joke between friends and was to be followed up with a more serious advert, but Ms Jones didn't realise she had made the post public on Facebook and it has since been shared 24,000 times.
Ironically though, the inadvertent viral success of the ad has done more to sell the car than a serious ad ever could have.
Speaking to LADbible, Laura said: "I've had about 20 odd people messaging me to view it but I've only just got back from Hungary yesterday (Tuesday).
"I hate selling cars due to the amount of time wasted replying to silly questions and declining ridiculous offers.
"I purely wrote the advert as a light-hearted laugh on what I thought was my private social media. Next thing you know it had gone viral."
Here's hoping one of those 20 odd people buys the car... without attempting to re-tune the radio, take a three day test drive or offer £500 beforehand.
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