I'm sure this has probably come up numerous times but I just wondered what the reasoning is behind the 'Not Particularly Interesting cars pre-2000' section of the For Sale section only allowing pre-2000 cars.
I totally get that the forums primary interest in retro's, which is all good - but it just strikes me that this section should perhaps be a 'rolling 10 years or older' cars for sale instead. I've bought and advertised cars in this section over the past 7-8 years which made for good dailies but it just frankly seems too old and the lines are becoming blurred. Some pre-2000 cars are borderline retro themselves!
It's been documented elsewhere, but I'll endeavour to provide a quick explanation:
The RR classifieds section was never intended to be a place to sell cheap dailies, that's just a useful (for some) bi-product of the 'not particularly interesting' section. Will moving the cut-off date get us more RR-type cars or will it just get an influx of uninteresting cars that can be found just as easily on Ebay, Gumtree or Autotrader? Whilst the 'not particularly interesting' section is useful for some RRers, it was started as a place to 'hide' normal or normal(ish) cars that were diluting the quality of the main section.
In summary, once you realise that providing cheap dailies (and consequentially, free ads to sell cheap dailies) isn't the goal, what purpose does extending the boundary achieve? We might miss out on the occasional neat S2000, but I'm happy to avoid the twenty Mondeos or Vectras that come with it.
it would be nice to be able to sell daily type cars to like-minded individuals in our community. i have bought several cars via RR both retro and not so much, and it has been much less painful than ebay et al.
the sweet spot for value motoring has slipped past y2k so i for one would like to see a shifting of the goalposts :-)
Totally with the boss man on this. There are a millionty places to buy and sell modern cars on the Internet - probably more than there ever have been. This place specialises in older and modified and it should stay that way. OP - just for the record, I did buy a modern Polo TDI off here, before the pre-2000 section existed, from a former forum member called Joe. I also applied your logic that it's one big, happy family and that members selling cars should be trusted. The Polo was a total crock and ten times worse than had been described. Basically, trust + internet don't necessarily go hand in hand and you can't assume that one forum is different to another as far as this goes. Ultimately, keep things as they are
I totally agree with the fact that adverts for 'modern' cars shouldn't dilute the fact that the cars for sale section is primarily for retro cars.
But what's the difference between advertising a 2000 car on here in 2012 to advertising a 2003 car in this section in 2015?
I think I should add that I only started this for a bit of a discussion more than anything, I'm not that fussed either way but it just seemed a reasonable suggestion - can't be far wrong, it's divided opinion so far lol
anything mid to late 90's is "modern" ish to me, 2000 on might not be "new" but certainly a long stretch calling it retro, as mentioned there's plenty of other spaces on the internet that'll cater for your needs if this place isn't for you/your car.
I was genuinely baffled when "society" refused to accept that my Volvo 240 was modern- heated leather, 'leccy windows, central locking, power steering, things that go "bing" at you (OK, clickaclickaclickaclicka- but having inertia reel seatbelts is a luxury in my book), efi.. I certainly wouldn't consider much post 2000 as anything but modern myself- but then I am a bit of a luddite.
Would I advertise my LDV Pilot on here when I come to sell it, if I could within the rules? Yeah, probably. Am I massively upset because I can't? No, not at all. If I was on rustysecondhandvans.com and the rules didn't let me advertise it it'd be a different matter.
Post by mk1supersport on Aug 19, 2015 12:49:44 GMT
well I would say something "retro" is something you remember from the past which has possibly come back into your life could be anything, carwise maybe its the first car you ever travelled in or owned & has all those memories from "back in the day", thats certainly what does it for me, (my dad was driving a 10 year old capri when I was 6 back in 1980, my first car was a 1969 mk2 Cortina),so say your mum/dad was driving a brand new mondeo in 2000 and you were 3 years old, now your 18 and want an old mondeo like your folks had, I can understand that and to you its retro but personally I still think 20-25+ years is about right for the general population of the club and that's what it comes down to in the end is the general opinion of the majority of the club.
We're not trying to define 'retro' here, or make decisions about the content of the whole forum - this is all just about stopping the For Sale section filling up with boring everyday motors that can be found for sale in other places.