August 17, 2006
e-bay is both a blessing and a curse when you own an old car. The good news is that e-bay provides a quick and easy way to watch for and purchase parts without spending every weekend rooting though tables at car-show swap meets. However the flip side is that you have to be very careful that you are buying what you think you are buying. Prices tend to be all over the place. My gut feeling is that schilling is pretty common on e-bay. It seems like I end up bidding against one and only one other person a lot. Bargains are pretty rare too. Plenty of people will snap up a cheap item and try to resell it. Regardless I watch e-bay closely and bid when I see something I need or sometimes just when I see a good deal. Last week I saw something that I just had to have.
The chrome on my car is a mixed bag. The bumpers, interior chrome, and hubcaps are great but the rest is pretty badly pitted. One of the worst parts is the trunk handle/license plate light assembly. The lock and license plate light are both broken and the chrome sucks. So when a N.O.S. (short for new old stock which means vintage parts never used on a car) trunk latch came up on e-bay I decided I was not going to miss out on it. From the pictures it looked perfect and even included a new lock cylinder with key. I bid high and got it. I don’t think I got a great deal but I still probably beat what it would have cost to fix and re-chrome my old parts.