Selling a car is a bit of an art, and doing it properly requires presenting it in just the right way. It’s not always obvious what that right way looks like, but it’s easy to spot the wrong way. This gentleman in Michigan selling his Jeep XJ is definitely doing it the wrong way, but this may be an instance where it’s just so wrong that it’s somehow right.
Hop onto Detroit’s Facebook Marketplace and type in “2000 Jeep Cherokee,” and you’ll find one listing that really stands out from the rest:
You may be inclined to click that photo of the rusty Jeep for sale in Romeo, Michigan, because even though it has 275,000 miles on the clock, it’s also only $650! And that’s dirt cheap.
What you’ll find when you do execute that click are a bunch of pictures of the XJ stuck in a mud pit, along with a hilarious description from someone who, ostensibly, wants to actually sell his automobile.
“Parts or mud it,” the description begins, making it clear that this Jeep is in no shape to be driven on the road. “Needs towed,” the description goes on, though it’s unclear where from. (The mud pit?).
“First $650 gets it,” the ad continues before finally offering good news — “Motor runs” — and then quickly following that up with bad news: “has a knock.”
Before the description concludes with “Be a good bogger,” it offers what I think might be one of the funniest admissions I’ve ever seen from someone trying to sell a vehicle:
“jeeps rusted to hell.”
I reached out to the seller, who goes by RugRat on Facebook. “Bahahahah. Gotta show it how it’s used lol,” he responded when I told him I was planning to write up his absurd listing. When I asked if the car was being sold from that mud-pit, he said: “Oh lmfaooo. Noooooo. It’s in my yard lol those r the only photos I have tho lol.”
The photo above is especially good. You can only see the rear of the XJ, and of course, it’s stuck in that mud pit.
In the seller’s defense, not all the photos, which were all taken while off-roading, show the vehicle completely covered in mud. The photo directly above does reveal the vehicle’s paint color.
Anyway, I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this article. I just saw a seller using photos of their stuck Jeep in a for-sale listing, along with “jeeps rusted to hell,” and figured I’d both give him props for his honestly and dont-give-a-damn-itude, and also tell you fine readers about it because it’s hilarious.
All Images: Rugrat/Facebook Marketplace
No offense, but Romeo, yeah it’s like that!
No David, you “shouldn’t” take it home!, probably too late 🙂
David could use him as a role model… rusted to hell? sell it at just above scrap metal value (if there was still any left) to the next sucker and move on to something better to destroy.
This is pretty much how my 12 year old texts “Oh lmfaooo. Noooooo. It’s in my yard lol those r the only photos I have tho lol.”
One time I came across a totalled car for sale and the pics in the ad were from the wreck itself. Seller probably used the same pics they sent with their insurance claim.
I love the honesty, but someone, anyone, please slap the hell out of the guy taking pictures. Stop holding the camera at an angle for EVERY picture! Is one of your legs shorter than the other?! FFS!
“Oh lmfaooo. Noooooo. It’s in my yard lol those r the only photos I have tho lol”
do people actually write like that? lol.
Based on what I see on Reddit, yes.
I bought and then sold a Honda Del Sol as an autocross car. Based on the Honda owners on both sides of the sale: Absolutely yes, people DO actually communicate like that. I won’t call it “writing” because single letter characters and text-speak don’t count as actual written words to me.
I fully intend to use my Autopian cover photo to sell mine, if it ever comes to that. And then point out that was several years ago now and it’s still my daily driver, so “water damage” only has just so much meaning when it comes to an XJ.
This is awesome real world stuff…most people would be like “Oh, no! It’s muddy AND rusty! I’m too good for that!”
Another display piece in the Autopian Tower.
“Anyway, I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this article. ”
You’re possibly going to go have a look at it and buy it?
I don’t think we use “possibly” to describe mathematical certainty.
Wow. I never would have guessed it was dark blue until that last photo. That is an impressive amount of mud.
Well to use a long-running joke but in a literal sense….he knows what he’s got.
At least he’s not trying to pass it off as Grandma driven and babied it’s whole life, better to know the history than to be in the dark
Sorry David to be that Guy…but how much to you end up paying for it and did you drag it home behind your J10?
“Hop onto Detroit’s Facebook Marketplace and type in “2000 Jeep Cherokee””
I feel like this happens fairly regularly on DT’s computer.
I hope the Autopian becomes successful enough that he can hire a minion to constantly click refresh on all the local second-hand market places, and snap up all the ‘bargains’.
By 2030 half of the Detroit area will be David Tracy’s Rust Mound, which will be visible not only from space, but also from nearby states.
I feel like the only things that happen at DT’s house are:
1) Fix junker cars in his driveway
2) Write articles about those repair attempts
3) Hold meetings about Autopian
4) Plan crazy trips that always involve some near-impossible car repair project
5) During meetings, writing sessions, and trip planning, check open tab on Facebook Marketplace for used Jeeps (the more rust, the better)
6) Buy near-dead cars he has no practical use for and that will make him crazier
Dude could make a killing on BaT.
Is there a BAR (Bring A Rope) website?
I’m inspired by the effort put forth by those windshield wipers. Keep up the good fight, guys.
400 & a 12pac. I got a rope.
We all complain when used car sellers can’t be bothered to spend 2 hours washing their car before trying to sell it, but this, I think, circles around to being okay somehow.
If anything, this Jeep probably needs a protective layer of mud on it at all times.
It’s a sacrificial layer of mud…
Sounds like the mud is what’s holding it all together
It’s clearly the only thing holding the rockers together at this point. 😉
Buddy is being completely honest and I gotta respect it. It’s not like those folks that swear up and down a Jeep wasn’t offroaded and then you look underneath and the skid plates are all banged up. In my younger days, my brother and I bought 2 1991 XJ’s in about 3 weeks for a grand total of $500. The used car market is a bit nuts even for junkers now.