I personally will only buy classics from pvt. parties due to bad experiences with consigners, BAT and Ebaymotors. I'm happy to see in this thread that someone found a trusted consigner, but that's not my experience. I agree with Jasonsrq that consigners frequently add incredible markups. I've seen cars listed for $83K sell for $58K. Perhaps they are fishing for the impulse buyer (who may have just finished a martini?). I've seen them renege on deals and misrepresent vehicles. Some examples are a high end restoration shop presented me a 993TT as a <10k mile car. I asked about the car on Rennlist and a Rennlister told me how the car had been totaled, rebuilt on a salvage title and then retitled. I had a consigner renege on price, the car had drive train problems and then I read some press about the seller and ran from the deal. A seller on BAT presented a pristine 1K mileage 41 year old motorcycle. Once it was bid up someone commented that the exhaust was not OEM. I guess the seller didn't feel obligated to disclose. It worked for him since he got way over the Hagerty estimated concours price. If you use a consigner I hope you get a trusted personal recommendation. I'd also do some background checking. I found a number of criminal cases on one consigners record including forgery of vehicle titles.
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We test drove one yesterday, along with a Jeep Gladiator, and Chevrolet Colorado. I thought the handling was very nice, but the steering was pretty light and numb. It sure went where you pointed it, though, and I could probably get used to it. The ride was quite good, but I noticed a few groans over one of the "test sections" I'd laid out the night before. I couldn't stand the brakes. Too mushy, too much pedal travel, and didn't bite very well until you really got on them. Borderline unacceptable to me. To paraphrase Mr. Baruth, the infotainment system feels *at least* a full generation behind. Other than my sightly different observations, I'd say Jack is spot-on. My wife, the financial wizard, was uncomfortable with the fact that ALL the "packages" listed in the Honda "Build-and-Price" tool are really dealer installed accessories, with the installation cost dependent on the dealer's labor rate. The sales person wouldn't quote us a price until we agreed to sit down and "pencil things in", which never sits well with her. I really wanted to like the Ridgeline, as I generally admire Honda products, but the brakes really disappointed me. It's definitely a niche product, but I just didn't care for it as much as I'd hoped I would. - Jim
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