littlewheelinback wrote:I recently called on a plane I was interested in up in ND. The were no pictures in the advertisement in tradeaplane, so I naturally asked some questions and asked for pictures. The old guy started his bitching. Seems everyone wants pictures and wastes his time. I pointed out politely that if he posted pictures on the ad it would save him all that aggravation. The specs on the plane were a match for what I wanted and so I began to talk about coming to see the aircraft and mentioned that I would probably contract a local (to him) A&P to do an inspection. He started ranting about pre buy inspections and how he didn't want some southern mechanic (I am from Texas) messing around with his aircraft, that he was an A&P and had just done an annual and the plane was tip top and that a pre buy was just an annual and therefore wasn't necessary and that buyers were a lot of talk and just tire kickers, and weren't really interested in buying, etc. I told him I had cash money and was looking for an aircraft of this type. I asked him if he would buy an aircraft without inspecting it. He admitted he wouldn't, but then proceeded to defend his assertion that letting someone other than him open up the plane was too risky. I suggested that he was too attached to the aircraft to really sell it and wished him luck. It is still advertised.
My guess is that the real story might be that he really doesn't want to sell the plane. But the wife wants him to sell the plane. So he put's the plane up for sale, and does what you mentioned above, then reports back to the wife that there's still no takers on his plane. So, he keeps his plane for now and has the wife convinced that nobody wants to buy his plane right now.
I've heard of story's like this. And also heard of some people asking way too much money for their planes for kind of the same theory.