Depreciation And Smart Shopping Can Get You Jaguar For A Stellar Price

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Late night searches on Craigslist take us to the darker sides of the internet.

It happens to us all the time: the urge to search Craigslist for an inexpensive Jaguar. You type “Jaguar” in the search field, list the ads in order from lowest price on up and next thing you know you’re mentally searching your bank account to see if that XJS is feasible.

As far as drugs go, the idea of getting an old and inexpensive Jaguar is a mighty powerful and addictive one. It has the power to completely overwhelm the areas of the brain which dictate reason and wisdom. And it also completely shuts off the part which contains the horror stories of high repairs and expensive dealerships visits. Or at least turns them into fairy tales told by people who didn’t know how to properly shop for an old car. Because the Jaguar you’ve found is a good one. See? It’s already working.

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Thoughts and actions are completely different things, and word combinations like “ran when parked” and “engine turns freely” are typically our epi pen shots back into reality. But remember, this is a highly-addictive substance we are talking about. There simply is no getting over the prospect of getting that much car for the money. Soon you find yourself at a small dealership ready to talk to a man with more interest in your wallet than your friendship.

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This exact scenario is currently playing out on our forums. Forum member King Charles has spotted a 1996 Jaguar XJ12 at a local dealership for a paltry $5,000 price tag. It prompted a visit to the dealer and only fueled the cheap Jaguar high by actually being in good condition. As of the latest posts on this ongoing story, there’s some normal wear and tear but otherwise the V12 is actually in good condition. A cash offer has been made, but so far has been unanswered by the seller.

Could this be the story that we selectively remember? We sure hope so.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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