Sunday, May 18, 2008

To sell a car

A few years ago I went to the BMW plant in Dingoldfing, outside Munich. You can order your car down to the tiniest details. The assembly line spews out thousands of cars every week. No two cars during that week are identical. It’s really astonishing! For the first time in my life, I bought a brand new car recently after my own specs. That means it’s time to sell the old car…
Friends and family are suddenly telling me I have to be careful. I’m just trying to sell my car?! Since when was selling a car associated with any danger? I might risk selling it slightly too cheap, but careful?!

“You must NOT meet potential buyers at malls or other places they suggest! They must come to your house, but don’t let them inside, and never ever let them take the car for a spin!”
It’s a new type of crime, the hippest car-crime method in the crime capital of the world, Johannesburg! If I can’t let them take the car for a spin, then how the hell can I sell the car? I’ve been in sales for eight years, but this is looking tough now! I would not buy a car without a test-drive!!

Another, NEW thing is that you can order your 2nd hand vehicles with detailed specs also now. The waiting time is amazingly short! “These cars are not coming out of any assembly line”; I’m thinking. A guy at work tells me he can talk to anybody in his neighborhood, and they can get him the car of his liking in no time. A registration number shortens the delivery time apparently. He sounds well connected!

Just outside Johannesburg, a man ordered his new 2nd hand car, and was waiting in anticipation recently! He was major impressed with his sons car and decided to get one like that too! The car was delivered a few days later, the same day that his son was killed in a hi-jacking incident! The car even smelt of his sons cologne, that’s how meticulous they are about matching your specs 100%!

Obviously, whether you are buying or selling a car – it’s a lethal business! Don’t ever use that term; “I’m having what she is having” when it comes to cars, unless you have a serious grudge against that person! After thinking things over, it’s probably safest to let the old car rust in the back yard. The new car will NO doubt follow me from cradle to the grave!


Joanne Rasmussen said...

That is horrific, now I have heard everything - are you sure that is not an urban legend?

Anonymous said...


I really enjoy your blogs and your ease of writing. I think you should write whatever you like when you like because it is YOUR blog. Its a good place to vent and laugh as well. I did not appreciate Jimbo's Bimbo's comments. At the time you were wondering if you should leave SA because of crime and told you I had left because of the impact on my children. If you re-read my post there is nothing racist in it. I am very perplexed and asked you if you had seen the Carte Blanche (probably found on You Tube as well) show on the effect of violence on children living in SA. I am very perplexed by the outcome and cannot respond to your present post because again when one deals with crime in SA you are labelled a racist. That is why there will always be crime in SA...


Jonny said...

Joanne! I picked up this story through family members who said it happened recently. I cannot confirm the facts of this story, so take it with a pinch of salt for that reason! That this kind of crime happens is no doubt though. That I have first hand experience and stories to confirm.

A2Z: Thank you! I like to write so it's cool to know that people actually enjoy reading it too :-)

I have realized that writing can cause a lot of shit also, so for my family and my own sake I will try to keep political stuff and heated discussions off this blog!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is really scary, if it is infact true!

Paints a horrifying picture of this country we love, doesn't it! It also begs the question, have we become so complacent in conducting our everyday lives that we quietly accept and tolerate that this type of thing occurs?


beaverboosh said...

Spooky story, let us hope it is an urban myth. In any case, SA appears to be blowing up!

Jonny said...

It is indeed explosive in some areas... then other places you can be blissfully ignorant of what's going on! Only shows you the big contrasts of this society!