...if I don't think it will help you with your project or I don't think you will be happy. There's no joy in a bad sale. At this point I've owned hundreds of 76-86 Jeep CJs and every one of them was bought from a unique person. I couldn't help but learn some things (and I don't just mean about Jeeps) in that many transactions and I try and apply those things forward so that you and I can be happy when our deal is done. At that point, we both win.
The old saying is a picture is worth a thousand words may be true but touching and seeing in person is worth 1000 pictures or grainy videos. Talking in person is worth 10 phone calls and 1 phone call is worth 100 emails.
1) A successful online transaction for a used Jeep or part takes 2 parties working together. It isn't just about 100 photos as many things are seen infinity better with your hand , eye and maybe your butt in the seat in real time.
I am aware that most things in our lives happen at a keyboard with a screen and this world isn't going to revert to 1990.
In person is better but this is a global economy and everyone is busy .
Buying used parts is different then buying new ones so the business of such needs to be different as well.
I think it is generally about the meeting point of expectations and deliverables. What do you expect and what can I deliver. These Jeeps and Jeep parts are roughly 40 years old. Even an NOS (New Old Stock) part may not look new after for years. If it s rubber or cloth, it is dry. It if is metal, oxygen has been working against it. This said, original parts are cool. Chinese parts are bad for the soul of our American icon Jeep CJs. Sometimes they are the best financial choice however for primarily cosmetic reasons vs cost.
2) The most important part of a Jeep CJ is the metal. Since I have been in business I have never sold a patched frame or replacement Filipino tub CJ and I never will.
When I get a call for someone who just wants a "reliable Jeep CJ" my canned answer is that doesn't exist. The 70s and 80s was not the pinnacle of reliability in American auto manufacturing.. AMC who made 76-86 CJs did in fact go out of business while Ford, GM and Chrysler carried on (for the most part). This doesn't mean that Jeep CJs are junk, but they certainly had issues and those issues didn't get better with new Chinese parts out of the box or time passing.
Modern vehicles however still imperfect are without question, more reliable and easier to operate by all users. They can understandably be considered a benchmark to compare an expensive purchase to however and I'd say that expectation won't get either of us anywhere good. You may end up unhappy and that makes me feel bad and you may tell a friend. We both lose.
...online. I do it everyday and take it seriously. Every Jeep or part I sell jeopardizes my reputation if you aren't happy. I would rather not sell you anything that sell you something you aren't happy with.
I wasn't trying to become an expert at Jeep CJs and would say I am still not but having owned 100s of them, I guess I am out of sheer volume and repetition. I started this business nearly 2 decades ago where everyone walked into a building and viewed their used items (Jeeps or parts) in person. Things that mattered to them were reviewed at their pace, to their level of detail and the purchase was made or not made.
Ramble over...for now . Thank you for reading