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Posted: 9/30/2005 9:20:56 PM EDT
after you had bought it, what would you do? Say you bought a used car in the AS IS condition and then found money of some other valuable should you tell the previous owner. What if the car hand changed owners a few times?
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:22:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 9:23:34 PM EDT by MST2]
I think you know what the right thing is to do. Return it.

Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:22:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 9:22:37 PM EDT by FieroLoki]
Free game.

Edit: Especially if it has changed several hands.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:22:46 PM EDT
AS IS
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:22:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
I think you know what the right thing is to do



But sometime doin' the right thing isn't doin' the right thing
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:33:29 PM EDT
It's your car...maybe they should learn to clean it out before they sold it
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:36:07 PM EDT
I bought a used Mercury LN7 way back when I was in highschool. When I recarpeted the heap, I found a female gold chain near the driver's side rear wheel well in a small ziplock bag, and gave it to my girlfriend at the time. Did I do the right thing?
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:37:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CAM_PIN:
I bought a used Mercury LN7 way back when I was in highschool. When I recarpeted the heap, I found a female gold chain near the driver's side rear wheel well in a small ziplock bag, and gave it to my girlfriend at the time. Did I do the right thing?



If it got you some tang, absolutely.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:37:55 PM EDT
Ok look at it from the other view point. What if ya bought a used car and found a bunch of worthless crap in it. Would ya tell the previous owner?? Once you take possession of something whatever it contains is yours also. Keep it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:45:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MMcCall:

Originally Posted By CAM_PIN:
I bought a used Mercury LN7 way back when I was in highschool. When I recarpeted the heap, I found a female gold chain near the driver's side rear wheel well in a small ziplock bag, and gave it to my girlfriend at the time. Did I do the right thing?



If it got you some tang, absolutely.

beat me to it bastard
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:50:28 PM EDT
Finders Keepers!
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:52:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
I think you know what the right thing is to do. Return it.

Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?



If it belonged to Jesus, He would put it in a moldy bag in the right rear floorboard of a '71 Maverick and lead me to buy the car and thereafter find the cash and spend it with a clear and grateful conscience. The money would doubtless be from the 1973 robbery of a now-defunct bank whose shareholders were paid off by insurance before my 16th birthday. He often operates that way, so far as I can tell.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:54:56 PM EDT
Whoever bought my old POS car undoubtedly found a mess of used brass rattling around the trunk I don't want. They can keep it, if you ahve a spare tire well and a pail or two of mixed brass dumps it is next to impossible to get it all. I was findng brass for 3 years.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 9:58:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 10:01:06 PM EDT
I heard about a fellow buying a junk car, the motor was nasty and covered with grease. When he was cleaning it, he found a bag wedged in the motor, covered with grease, with I think around 5,000 dollars in it. He kept it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 10:01:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 10:01:39 PM EDT by FLAL1A]

Originally Posted By ARin:
my buddy found a 38 special under the dash of a truck he bought at auction.

He took it to a sub station to have it run...and it came up stolen.



So, how the hell are you guys going to whack his ex-wife now that the cops have the gun?


Jesus, these young guys seem to think that a San Francisco Bullseye makes a man a tactical genius!

Link Posted: 9/30/2005 10:51:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2005 10:51:44 PM EDT by PinePig]
Bought a 34 Chevy two door sedan from a gov auction once, was cleaning it up and found almost an oz of pot in the floor shifter cover.

No they didn't get it back.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:04:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?



Dude, Jesus gave his LIFE for me. I dont think hes gonna get too bent out of shape if I keep his 50 bucks......
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:07:35 PM EDT
If you found a kilo of coke would you try to return it or would you call your friends over for a party?
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:10:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:12:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
If you found a kilo of coke would you try to return it or would you call your friends hookers over for a party?



It's hookers and blow around here, you know that.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:14:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PinePig:

Originally Posted By mattja:
If you found a kilo of coke would you try to return it or would you call your friends hookers over for a party?



It's hookers and blow around here, you know that.



Shit, with that much coke it would be lots of hookers and lots of blow!
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:24:11 PM EDT
Many moons ago, (before I was born) my grandfather bought a car at auction and found one of these under the seat:

http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/193/stevenspistol1a0js.jpg

I was about 7 or 8 when I got my first rabbit with it in my grandma's back yard.
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 11:27:59 PM EDT
Here is my twist on the story .

Back when I was a tech working for someone
else . The shop I worked at did allot of work for
a used car dealer that bought vehicles at auction .

While doing a heater core on auction mustang .
I found a diamond ring in the plenum box when I was
changing the core .

Now what would you do ??
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 12:14:27 AM EDT
Get Engaged?


Look up the previous owners by the VIN. Have Them Tell You What U found.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 2:56:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2005 7:33:10 AM EDT by 82ndAbn]

4.) Posting comments in support of illegal activities
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:12:41 AM EDT
My son bought a well used Mercedes yesterday. There was a small but heavy box in the trunk and we started speculating about what it could be. Turns out it was a complete extra set of lugnuts. Before we opened the box we were joking about it being full of gold. That's what got me thinking about this topic.

The previous owner said he could keep the lugnuts.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:37:30 AM EDT
Friend works at a junk yard.They find ALL kinds of stuff.Lots of porn videos rentals-wrecked before they took them back.Once,a briefcase full of cuffs,restraints,etc.And a homemade video.Middle aged couple-old fat guy was cuffed,standing up nekkid,with hands tied above him to ceiling.Middle aged woman in Frederick's type lingerie was whipping his ass.HARD.UGGH.I'M BLIND....
Bet they'd have been embarrassed to have that returned.I'd have had to handed it all back intact,with a straight face,then as I left turnand say,"Oh by the way.Nice ass!".
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:47:16 AM EDT
Another twist... Say you buy an older house, and in the attic, you find an antique chair, which turns out to be quite valuable. Do you track down every former owner of the house, or their heirs, to give away something they didn't know about in the first place? How do you determine which former owner the chair belonged to?

Nope! It's yours.

Bob
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 6:48:33 AM EDT
Tag.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:01:56 AM EDT
I know a guy who traded his car in without cleaning it out as well as he should have. A few days later the dealership called up in a panic and said they needed him to come down ASAP! Turns out he left a pistol under the seat.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:12:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
I think you know what the right thing is to do. Return it.

Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?



If Jesus left money in a car amd sold me the car, i would let out a great big, "thank you, Jesus".
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:16:31 AM EDT

Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?


What if the the border patrol rounded up Jesus and sent him back to Mexico, then what should you do??
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:26:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lambchops:
I know a guy who traded his car in without cleaning it out as well as he should have. A few days later the dealership called up in a panic and said they needed him to come down ASAP! Turns out he left a pistol under the seat.



Not to Hijack this thread too much, but...

How the hell does anyone leave a pistol anywhere without knowing it?

I can understand rings and chains and stuff like that. Maybe even money - but a firearm? I know where all my firearms are whether it's the .40 in the car, the extra AR at dad's, the .357 in my bedroom, the .40 in the livingroom, etc., etc.????
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:26:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2005 7:27:27 AM EDT by omar]

What if the the border patrol rounded up Jesus and sent him back to Mexico, then what should you do??


That's actually happened.

Bunch of times.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:30:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
I think you know what the right thing is to do. Return it.

Think of it this way. What if it belonged to Jesus?



Jesus is all knowing, so I would figure he knew I found it and wanted it that way.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:45:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By anachronism:
Another twist... Say you buy an older house, and in the attic, you find an antique chair, which turns out to be quite valuable. Do you track down every former owner of the house, or their heirs, to give away something they didn't know about in the first place? How do you determine which former owner the chair belonged to?

Nope! It's yours.

Bob



I know a guy who found $20,000 in an attic above his newly purchased garage.

He ran his mouth about it and the old owners found out.

I guess it was their Grandpa's stash. All old $20's, he ended up splitting it with them.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:48:30 AM EDT
My friend owns an autobody shop and from time to time drug dealers/gangbangers bring in their car w/ bullet holes and wants it to be fixed My friend calls the cops after they leave to make a report as they have found several pistols and bags of dope hidden in compartments. Most of the time, the scumbags never come back for the car as it was stolen, and they just used it as a way to ditch it.

I told him that if he ever finds any really nice guns in an abandoned car to give me a call first...

We have found guns ditched in our back alley trash bins before by gangs, but they are always too crappy to keep, and we hand them in to the cops. Some of them had the S/N filed down
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 7:49:47 AM EDT
You are probably more likely to find drugs in a used car than anything else...probably not the best thing to return to the previous owner...
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:00:13 AM EDT
Depends on what it is....

Someone's wedding ring? I know I'd try to return that. $6.00 in change, a half eaten sandwich and a cufflink? Probably not.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:18:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2005 8:20:43 AM EDT by the_ak_kid]
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Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:42:45 AM EDT
I bought a Toyota truck one time and when I was cleaning it out found a bong under the seat.

My mother sold her dad's car to a friend of ours and he found a $100.00 bill in a small cut in the edge of the visor. My mom said that he could keep it since it came with the car.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:45:41 AM EDT
5 years ago a local family bought a used Hertz rental vehicle, a 1999 ford expedition.

When the window stopped working and wouldn't go down, the new owners took it to a local dealer mechanic, who removed the inside door trim and found marijuana stuffed inside the door.

49.3 pounds were eventually recovered from the vehicle. How'd ya like to be caught w/ that?
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 8:46:53 AM EDT
I bought a '74 Cutlass that was full of pot seeds.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 9:03:55 AM EDT
I own a used car lot. When the trade ins come in, one of our favorite past times is treasure hunting. I've found some cool stuff.

Once, as I was detailing a truck I had just taken in, I opened the center console and found a Glock 27. I returned that one, he was mighty glad to have it back.

Another time I lowered a sun visor and found $800. That one was picked up a the dealer auction so I had no way of knowing who the money belonged to. It financed my first few AK purchases.

You find strange things in cars, I've found everything from diamond rings to ziploc bags full of feces.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 9:10:05 AM EDT
I once found my hovercraft full of eels.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 9:43:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By azcopwannabee:
Get Engaged?


Look up the previous owners by the VIN. Have Them Tell You What U found.



In my case with the auction car and the diamond ring .
The previous owner was a rental car company .
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:08:21 AM EDT
If you buy a used car as is, the car and the contents are yours. If it has something in it you don't really want you are stuck having to get rid of it. You cannot call the previous owner and make them deal with it. Conversly, if there is a bonus in the trunk or under the seat, then that is yours too.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:10:15 AM EDT
Return it. It is the right thing to do.

This nation is becoming soooo ethically and morally challenged.
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:16:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By afman91201:
AS IS



+1
Link Posted: 10/1/2005 10:20:32 AM EDT
Wasnt there a story about a guy who bought a car at a gov auction and later was found to have a bunch of drugs in it?
He eventually beat the charges I think.
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