Trying to deal with Airplane Buyer
We get calls every day from airplane buyer wannabes. They have
or ability in many cases, of buying a plane, but get a rush out of
to be a buyer. They waste the time and effort of sellers, dealers, and
brokers everywhere. Some are famous, although they don't know it, and
a regular topic of discussion by those of us in the business, like the
guy who runs ads offering a reward for help finding the right plane.
been looking for that right plane for years.
Multiple requests for information on a wide variety of
In a single day, we might get 3 or 4 emails from the same person asking
for more information about the Cessna 150, Piper Arrow, or Baron.
what kind of plane does this guy want to buy?
Anonymous emails asking for more information and photos.
no phone number. When we ask exactly what more they want, they seldom
tell you. When we email back asking that they call us, or give us a
number where we can call them, about 98% of the time we never hear from
them again. They were just wasting time at work by surfing the net.
Unwilling to place a deposit, but demand information,
copies of log books. After the owner and broker spend a lot of time
and expense, he is never heard from again.
Hot to buy, and they are wiring or overnighting a deposit
arrives. When we call to inquire, they say, Oh, I changed my
on the way to the bank.
Not worth a 15 cent phone call to let us know. A
of wannabes are also inconsiderate bastards.
The email says "I'll give you (less than our asking
that plane." Usually, these don't include a name or phone
We respond with "Put your offer in writing, mail it with a
Check for 5% of the amount, and we'll present it to the seller for
If he accepts, you've bought yourself an airplane, subject to your
Funny, we never hear from them again.
Actual excuses we've heard why they aren't buying.
Some wannabes are creative, but most just hide behind the wife:
If you are offended by this, I am sorry you are a wannabe. My
for a cure is to actually follow-thru and buy an airplane. You'll be
for it, and will thank me later.
The cashier's check didn't arrive today?? Well then, let's
Wouldn't you be concerned about a missing
- My wife won't let me buy the plane.
When I called back, the wife answered. She
her husband was looking at airplanes.
- My wife won't let me buy a plane until I lose 10 lbs.
Why don't you buy a plane with a bigger engine,
you won't have to lose any weight.
- My wife didn't like the color.
Ladies, are you sensing a pattern here? You
- My wife and I decided the plane is just too far away.
They've known where the plane was for 2 weeks,
wasn't a problem until now.
- My wife says, because of the gear-up landing in 1962,
the plane might
not be safe.
40 Annual Inspections since the incident, but
might not be safe.
- My wife thinks we should only pay $22,000.
The wife isn't a pilot, can't identify a single
on the field, but is an expert at pricing.
- My mechanic says that is too much to pay for that plane.
Well, tell your mechanic to find you a better
a better price. If you've been watching our web site, you know our
are the best on the net.