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280zx has been sitting in neighbor's yard for years, should I try to buy it?

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I never speak to this neighbor and I don't even think he knows who I am, but here's a picture of the car. I've never seen it move for 2 years and the tires look kinda flat. I'm kind of new to this but I think it's a 1983 non turbo 2 seater.sketch-1543876790708.jpeg

 

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IMO $3,500 on the high side.  I would try and buy it plus you may start a relationship with the neighbor?  Neighbors are nice to have but keep at a distance.  Friends that aren't really friends.  I don't like mine but we speak.  Boundaries! 

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IMO $3,500 on the high side.  I would try and buy it plus you may start a relationship with the neighbor?  Neighbors are nice to have but keep at a distance.  Friends that aren't really friends.  I don't like mine but we speak.  Boundaries! 
I'm still in high school with a minimum wage job so it would take quite a while to acquire 4 grand


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 You didn't mention if it was for sale. More info is needed about the car. The condition of the engine, body (rust), running gear, electrical, maintenance records, the reason it hasn't been on the road, etc. Above all you want to leave them with the impression that it's going to a better home and will be loved and cared for. However, don't take it on if you can't afford to fix it and keep it running. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Offer him $2,000 cash and tell him you'll cut his grass for the summer.
If u can't tell from the pic he doesn't really have any grass LOL

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11 minutes ago, Mark Maras said:

Above all you want to leave them with the impression that it's going to a better home and will be loved and cared for.

Exactly, you're in HS, he'll know that, you live a couple of doors down, you don't have a ton of money to throw around but you are willing to offer to help him with jobs he may have around his property, it shows that your eagar, and honest.  You would be surprised how far that goes to convincing someone to let go of a car that he is probably never going to get around to.  It's worth a try.

 

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Exactly, you're in HS, he'll know that, you live a couple of doors down, you don't have a ton of money to throw around but you are willing to offer to help him with jobs he may have around his property, it shows that your eagar, and honest.  You would be surprised how far that goes to convincing someone to let go of a car that he is probably never going to get around to.  It's worth a try.
 
Or I could just offer him $600 because he probably doesn't know that it's worth any more than that

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I agree that since you are in HS, the owner might consider giving you a deal. I would ask if it's for sale and then maybe offer $1000 tops. It's worth more but you might get lucky. If you really want the car and they want more within reason, I would offer whatever cash you can afford to spend and then maybe offer to do some yard work etc to pay off the difference. You could even write up a contract and have them hold the title until paid in full. High side at $3500 is about right as previously mentioned from that photo alone. Rust is the killer of any Z though so always keep that in mind. Values of these cars are currently on the rise.

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I agree that since you are in HS, the owner might consider giving you a deal. I would ask if it's for sale and then maybe offer $1000 tops. It's worth more but you might get lucky. If you really want the car and they want more within reason, I would offer whatever cash you can afford to spend and then maybe offer to do some yard work etc to pay off the difference. You could even write up a contract and have them hold the title until paid in full. High side at $3500 is about right as previously mentioned from that photo alone. Rust is the killer of any Z though so always keep that in mind. Values of these cars are currently on the rise.
4 grand even with the dented fender and the oxidized paint?

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$3,500 with the one picture you've provided is all we can see offering.  Those ZXs have a good transmission if it's a manual and the power plant is at the top end of engineering for the L series motor.

You're really Christmas catalog wishing right now.  Need more info.  Knock on the door or put a letter in his mailbox if your scared to knock.  I have a neighbor with no grass and am not knocking on his door!  I think he killed it with Roundup?   Rough exterior but may be a nice guy.  Good luck with your quest.  We'd be more than happy to help if you get it.

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17 minutes ago, 5ive8ight said:

4 grand even with the dented fender and the oxidized paint?

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I bet that paint could be buffed out pretty nicely if original. And dents can be fixed. Really hard to say on that single image but I don't see any rust. Interior condition matters a lot as does whether it's auto or stick too. But again, I could see $3500 being the high side as it sits if it's in good shape. A weekend worth of elbow grease with some good products could really freshen the look up. Mechanical condition matters too of course. In the end, I agree that I would offer no more than $1k in cash based on that photo alone and you could always start at $500 or so. 

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8 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I've been trying to buy a 240 from a guy for two years.  Found out he's a drug dealer but I want the car still.  I may start buying drugs from him?  He'd end up with both my Zs!  LOL

Maybe you could wait until the sheriff auctions it off after they seize it?

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He's pretty good at it or so I'm told. Like the sister bootleggers on Andy Griffith show, the Morrison's. He rats out his competition. LOL

One day it'll be mine!  Auction or bail money.

Lime 112 with black interior but he's painted the raised hood line black???

Thanks Charles!  Cliff

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3 hours ago, siteunseen said:

I've been trying to buy a 240 from a guy for two years.  Found out he's a drug dealer but I want the car still.

Maybe you should ask him if he needs any help around his property, you know, cut the coke with icing sugar, pop the cold tablets out of the foil packages for meth, show him your earnest and hard working.

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On 12/3/2018 at 9:30 PM, 5ive8ight said:

Or I could just offer him $600 because he probably doesn't know that it's worth any more than that

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Heck, I’ve seen 280zx for sale for a good while in the $3500 range. I’d offer $400 honestly. Ask first what he would like to feel him out, then make your offer. He may say he wants $5k and you know not to go any farther. If he says $1000 or less, then Use your HS excuse. 

You can always go up, but once you make an offer your stuck. I don’t buy into the concept of my offer insults someone. It’s my money, if they don’t want it they can pass. 

I looked at vehicle today the guy wanted $2k for. It had lots of issues. He told me he had 100s of people inquire, offers of $1500 to $500 and I was the first one to show up in two weeks! I mention this as it was something a seller shouldn’t have divulged.

 It was more than I wanted to get into so I asked what the best he would do? $1750. I passed.

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This has been bugging me but I think it's true.  His parents will probably have to buy the car for him.  Best option might be the "you won't have to drive me around anymore" or "I'll quit borrowing the family car" scenario to his parents to get the ball rolling.  Plus it's right there, just roll it down the road.

Just saying, basically, the neighbor might not have the patience, knowing that he's not talking to the actual buyer.  The OP is basically a negotiator between the seller and the buyer.  Identify and examine the concerns of both parties and have answers for all of them.  Then get them together and see if you can make it happen.

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