After my step dad passed my mom sold his car to some Romanian chaps who came up from Portsmouth on the fly. They rang her that day and she reluctantly said yes to a viewing that night (within the winter months) when it was dark, so they wouldn't get a good look at the car in the dark. This was all suspect to me so I made sure after she told me I was present for the viewing.
The guys came up and viewed it in the pitch black, asked to test drive it and I said no, I would drive it and they could sit in the passenger seat, one of the two chaps stayed in his car outside my moms house. When we got back from the test drive he offered the full price in cash! this was like 9k.
I told my Mom to say no to cash in case of fake notes and it just felt all wrong but my Mother is too trusting and wanted the car gone with debts and bills to pay like funeral costs, so I insisted we go to the nearest Tesco's to ask politely if the petrol station would kindly check the notes through their machine.
I don't mean to be judgemental or racist but the Romanian guy looked dodgy anyway, and went in to the petrol station and said "Im buying a car, check these notes are real so he sells it me" 😂 The cashier was like errr No thanks we're not getting involved in this try the main store attached to us. So this time I went to the desk first and politely asked the manager and explained the situation and fair play they checked a good majority and mix of the notes and they all checked out.
We got back to my Moms and she agreed the sale so I asked to count the cash again and she didnt want to 🤦♂️ I insisted we count the cash a second time, after doing so low and behold it was 1k short, he checked his pockets and looked surprised and then ran to his car and said he was sorry he had dropped one of the envelopes in the door, yeah right!
Anyway I made sure I took pictures of them both and of their driving licenses as a condition of the sale and of their car registration. This was the most dodgyest sale ever 😂 but the cash all went in to the bank no issues and the transfer was fine no phone calls from the police down the line.
Apologies to rant this bollocks but this is how NOT to do a sale and reading some of the above just reminded me of it 😂