Episode 4. Chevrolet LUV WA54 HYP. (part 1).

I thought that I would write a little bit more about it, and my history with this frankly brilliant little truck, and see how well it would go down. Hopefully you'll be as happy to read about it as and when I do anything to it, or with it, as you would be to read about one of my other clunkers? I've always been a big fan of pick ups, and utes, and I have no doubt that they shall be featuring fairly often in my little blog. I've even got others in my collection right now that I could write about!


So then, here's the first fill shot. As I'm sure you have worked out by now that although it is a Chevrolet, and says so on the documents etc, however it is really a badge engineered Isuzu, it even says Isuzu Motors on the VIN plate. I bought it as I needed a pick up at the time, and still do for a couple of months while I'm clearing my storage space etc. It's a little bit 'used' but it's quite good. I've had it since January 2016, and I've pretty much done nothing else but clean the interior, and service it. To say that it was filthy is the understatement of the decade! It was filled with dog hair, and was quite smelly inside when I got it. My initial thoughts were that the interior was brown, as everything sort of had a dark brown tinge to it, but five cans of upholstery cleaner later and it would appear that the headliner is very light grey, as are the roof handles, and sun visors, which was a surprise. And the rest of the interior is dark grey, again, a bit of a shock when everything was a sort of dark brown when I got it! Anyway, when I got it I thought that it was a nice big pick up, but then this happened...


I parked next to a Dodge Ram in ASDAs car park...


Truck envy? Nope, not at all. For me personally that's just too big. I must admit I do fancy a Ram, more or less just to be able to say that I had one, but I want mine to be a two wheel drive, single cab, short bed Ram, as obviously they're a bit smaller. Also I've noticed that a lot of guys who own American trucks do dubious modifications to them, primarily fit lift kits, big wheels and tyres and stickers. Much like this fella has done, but I won't be going down that route with mine.


Especially not the sticker route. I know each to their own and all that, but seriously, would you really want that on your truck? I must admit though I did chuckle, mainly because inside I'm actaully a 12 year old boy in a mans body! Anyway, what else can I tell you about my Chevrolet, well, it's a lot cleaner now, but apart from that I bought it with just over 199,000 miles on the clock, so far I've topped that figure up to just shy of 213,000 miles, and it is running well. I really don't think that it's ever been serviced before as the filters were even dirtier than the interior of the truck and the oil had the viscosity of tar, and was just as black. Oddly while it was getting serviced a week or so ago I thought that this might upset it, but so far so good. About nine months into ownership of my Chevrolet pick up I did something foolish, I decided to sell it for no other reason than I just fancied a change, so I put it up for grabs hoping against the odds not to have to deal with some ebay idiot who was going to mess me about! Anyway, it sold!


For £1901! Not quite as much as I had hoped for, but close enough! I then did something rather foolish... I celebrated the fact that I'd sold it by buying this...


The famous first fill shot! Yes, it's a Mitsubishi L200. I'd never had one of these before, but I quite fancied one, and because I was sure that the guy who bought my Chevrolet wasn't going to mess me about, I bought it. Yes, I know I was try to have a bit of a culling of my collection, but there you go! Anyway, between me winning this L200, and me collecting it I get this message from the winning bidder on the Chevrolet. "Unfortunately I've not been able to secure insurance. I had an accident earlier this year, so they won't insure me or rather if they do it is an excessive amount. I am truly sorry for this and the inconvenience caused. I honestly didn't think it would be such a problem. I can try to continue tomorrow, however I don't want to waste anymore of your time and fully understand if you would prefer to try find another buyer." I was so ticked off, mostly at myself for going out and buying another truck before this one had gone! I didn't even bother to respond to his email, because I sort of had a problem. (and it's not just an addiction to buying cars on ebay, although clearly that is a problem!) No my problem looked like this...


Granted, it's not the worst looking problem in the world, but in reality I wanted, and needed to sell the Chevrolet, so I offered it to the next guy down on the bidding list, who never got back to me and obviously didn't take me up on the offer. I don't blame him, if ever I get a second chance offer I never take it as I always feel that I have had my bids artificially raised by one of the sellers friends or something. So, only one thing for it, re-list the thing for another ten days, and wait for less interest in it, and a lower selling price, which seems to always happen when you re-list stuff. So after a couple of days of it being one fleabay for a second time one of my friends decided that he wants to buy my Chevrolet, we chat on farcebook about it, and he decides that he'd like to come and see it, and maybe to buy it. I figured that would be fine, as my listing doesn't end for a couple of days after the weekend, so I should be able to end it without drama should he buy it. In the meantime I get this email from ebay:- "After reviewing your eBay account, it appears that you haven't followed our Inappropriate Seller Terms policy... Listing terms and conditions that state the seller is not obligated to complete a transaction with an eligible winning bidder is not allowed... Examples of terms and conditions that are not allowed include:
- Stating that "this item is for sale locally, and may not be available after the transaction"
- Stating that you "reserve the right to cancel a bid at any time" even after a buyer has won the item
- Stating that you "aren't responsible for delivery" after the item has shipped"

This is because someone has obviously reported me for saying in my ebay ad:- "I have this advertised elsewhere and so I reserve the right to end the auction early." Which, given the amount of people who mess sellers around on ebay by not completing the transaction I think is fair enough! And as I'd already been messed about by one so called buyer, I was pretty angry about ebays message, and I would have told them so if there was any way to email them back! The thing is, if ebay guaranteed that the transaction would be completed by the winning bidder, that would be fair enough, but they wont, so I really don't see why I shouldn't be able to safe gaurd myself by offering it elsewhere while it was being advertised on ebay! Anyway, ebay's email went on to say "When a buyer wins and pays for an item, they expect to receive it. Including conditions that do not comply with eBay’s user Agreement can result in a poor experience for the buyer and negative feedback for the seller." REALLY!! Well it it should work both ways, when a seller sells an item they expect the goddam buyer to come and funkin well buy it!! I was pretty angry at the time, but I'm over it now! So my friend asks me how much I wanted for the Chevrolet. I told him that he could have it for just £2000 which is about what it cost me. He thought that was a fair price, and said he'd be around at the weekend to pick up the pick up! Of course stupidly in the meantime I took, and then posted a set of photos of the L200 on farcebook. So this same friend thought that that the L200 was a cool truck too, and asked me how much I had paid for that. I told him it was £1300, and that was the end of that. So, Saturday rolls around, and said friend shows up to buy the Chevrolet, he gave it a look over, we took it for a spin, and he liked it, then he asked me what the L200 was like. So like an idiot I said, lets take it for a ride, so off we went. When we got back we went inside my house, and my friend got out this wad of cash and proceeded to count it out. He got to £1300 and stopped. I said, no, the L200 was £1300, but the Chevrolet was £2000, then he told me that he wanted the L200 instead! So...


For crying out loud! There it goes!! But before he left with it I did make sure that he realised that I had only had it for about ten days, and didn't know what, if anything is wrong with it yet, but he could have it if he was willing to take the risk that it might not be perfect. He said he was, so we did the deal, and I hung onto the Chevrolet which was still obviously on fleabay! Finally, just a couple of days later the Chevrolet sells on ebay...


As predicted it sold for less, just £1850! Which to be fair was not as bad as I was expecting it to sell for! Except, it didn't sell! Oh for crying out loud! About twenty minutes before the auction ended I get this email from the then winning bidder, and they guy who actully went on to win it. "Sorry but apparently you have to cancel my bid as the insurance company's can't track the identity of this vehicle so I will not be purchasing if my bid stays the highest." and after winning it I get this from him "I will not be purchasing the vehicle as the information is not correct checking the insurance it comes up as a 1962 2 door coupe chevy and other insurance company's won't insure my son or I to drive" So I say to him that the information is correct, but he emails me back with, "Sorry it is not insurable!" I said to him that of course it's insureable, and told him to check the DVLA website, and sent him the link to it so that he could see this for himself.


I pointed out to this so-called ebay buyer that the truck was taxed, and for it to be taxed it needed to be insured, so clearly it was insured, and I had insured it. But he just responded by saying "Not interested thanks to many if buts and maybes" I decided that maybe this buyer was a window licker of biblical proportions, so I just gave up and went and did something more constructive instead... I headed off into the woods shouting and screaming like a crazy man! The thing was, after I had calmed down, about two days later I thought that I would try the original buyer to see why he couldn't insure it either, so I sent him a message on ebay saying, I wonder if you could help me? After I sold the truck to you, and you couldn't insure it I re-listed it, and have sold it to someone else. However, they said before the auction ended that they were not going to come for it as they can't insure it. Infact they said that it was un-insurable! They said that it doens't show up on any insurance database as a pick up, and infact apparently it is shown as a 1962 two door Chevy coupe! Which in my opinion it can't do as it has a '54' numberplate, and you can't put a newer numberplate on an older car. However if you check on the DVLA website and it brings it up as a Chevrolet GMC, so the information is correct. So it's not registered incorrectly, and not uninsurable at all, nothing is, as if you check the DVLA website you can see that it's taxed, and that's because I have insured it as you can't tax a vehicle that isn't insured! Anyway, I've just tried to get a quote from comparethemarket.com and I've managed to get atleast ten quotes for it from them. But for whatever reason the numberplate doesn't work, and I've had to enter the details manually, but once I've done that I've got quotes ranging from about £500 to just over £700 fully comp for me at 47 years old with no no claims discount! So I'm just wondering if you had the same problem as the most recent buyer? I waited for a reply, and to be honest I really didn't expect one, but then I got one from him, and he said:- "I had a similar problem, when searching for insurance or on the DVLA website I couldn't find the vehicle using the registration number. I even tried on we buy any car.com to see if I could find the vehicle on there. The only way I could find your vehicle was to manually enter the information into the site. Even on the DVLA website, once I manually added the information the information was for the correct vehicle and I could see it was taxed. However my added problem was the accident I had at the beginning of the year. When I did enter the information manually and with the accident on record, the insurance companies wanted to charge me close to or more the amount I was going to buy the vehicle for, which I wasn't prepared to pay. I'm not sure why the registration number can't be used when searching for insurance, but yes I did have a similar problem." I was quite grateful for this insight, and I can fully understand why he wouldn't want to be paying nearly as much as the cost of a vehicle to insure it. The question is, why, when you try to insure it by typing in the registration number do the insurance data bases decide that it's a 1962 two door Chevy coupe? How can that be when it has a '54' numberplate? More importantly, I wondered how I could rectify this situation so that when I attempt to sell it again, the winning bdder can actually get it insured! The funny thing is, after all that I was not even sure if I want to sell it anymore. It's a good truck, and having a pick up is very handy. So in a bizarre twist I thought I'd probably hang on to it for a bit, and see how it goes!

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