Petrolhead Motor Cars

Specializing in ridiculously fast, uncommonly beautiful or just plain interesting automobiles.

FAQ

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My favorite picture of our Smart Car.

Q. What is a Petrolhead?

A. A person who often likes cars more than people. In America usually called a “Gearhead”, in Britain a “Petrolhead”, In Russia… well, actually there is no Russian word as there are no interesting cars in Russia

Q.How can I tell if I’m a Petrolhead?

A.Take this test:

  1. Do you love ridiculously fast cars?
  2. Do you have a classic car calendar instead of a Pamela Anderson calendar in your garage?
  3. Would you own a half dozen cars even if you lived on a desert island?
  4. If you had to choose between your only child’s education and selling your original 1966 AC Cobra, you would opt to keep the Cobra.
  5. You would be willing to work for minimum wage providing your company car was a Porsche 911
  6. You know a McPherson Strut is not a dance from the 1920’s
  7. You know that Jackie Stewart is not related to Martha Stewart
  8. You know a Cord is not something that attaches a newborn to its mother
  9. You know that Barrett Jackson was not one of the original Jackson Five
  10. You think the ideal gift for your wife’s birthday is a set of metric wrenches
Bonus question – You think Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond should receive some sort of Nobel Prize

*If you scored “yes” to 8 or more questions, I regret to inform you that you are a Petrolhead.

Q. Do you have a Ford Windstar van for sale?

A. No… go away!

Q. Do I have to pay you the HST sales tax at the time of purchase?

A. Yes… it will help keep us both out of jail.

Q. Can I trade in my current car?

A. Not usually… but if you have something interesting, it has been known to happen.

Q. Can you help with shipping and delivery arrangements?

A. Yes, there are usually a variety of options and I would be happy to help you decide which suits you best.

Q. Are your prices negotiable?

A. Okay… here's how it works –
Long version
Step 1 – I place a very reasonable (often wholesale) price on the car
Step 2 – You ask if I will take less than the asking price
Step 3 – I say "maybe, a little bit but not much" as I don't do the mark up of a regular car dealer
Step 4 – You offer a ridiculously low price that would cause me to lose both money and my wife if I accepted it
Step 5 – I give you my best price, which will be only slightly lower than the original asking price
Step 6 – You decide to buy the car

Short version
Step 1- You ask for my best price - which I tell you
Step 2- You buy the car

Q. Do you have a big selection of cars?

A. No, I usually only have 3 or 4 vehicles for sale at any given point. However, if you are looking for a specific car, give me a shout and I'll keep an eye out for you.

Q. What kind of cars do you usually have for sale?

A. I often don't have the most popular selling cars like Camries, Cobalt, Cavalier or Caliber, etc. because… well, frankly… they're boring! I tend to buy only vehicles that I like to drive myself which can include a fairly wide variety of fast, quirky, luxurious or interesting types. Typically, these would include Jaguars (call me a sucker, but I love them), Corvettes, BMWs, Audis, Minis, antiques, etc.

Q. Where do you get your cars?

A. Not having much of a real life, I spend an inordinate amount of time searching markets locally, nationally and internationally for interesting cars in exceptional condition at an affordable price. I deal with a number of wholesalers and, occasionally, buy directly from a private owner.