Lately, it seems with each passing day we’re getting hit with more and more absurd cars being listed for sale. They either have absurd pricing or you wonder why they’re even being listed for sale on places like Bring a Trailer. Even some dealerships have been getting in on the dumb pricing game with old cars. The most recent example of this comes from a small dealership in Montana.
First spotted after randomly scrolling through a Facebook group for low mileage cars, this 2002 Ford Focus sedan is listed for sale at a dealer called Centsible Auto Sales in Kalispell, Montana. Someone coming into this blind would think “What’s so special about a Ford Focus?” Well this isn’t just any Focus. This is a Focus that was never driven: it has just 117 miles on the odo according to the dealer. So how exactly has a Ford Focus not been driven for over 20 years? There’s an interesting reason.
According to the post by the dealer, the original dealership the Focus was sold to went under. Centsible bought the Focus and a few other cars in a package deal and listed it and the others for sale. So apparently the dealer went under right before this car was able to be sold. Or something. It’s strange because the car is practically brand new and is like a time capsule.
From the new Edge Styling of the interior with its weird angles.
To the side door that still has the original window sticker on it. It’s definitely the cleanest Ford Focus of this era you’ll probably ever see. From that monroney, we can see that this is a Focus LX, which was the base trim at the time.
That means a 2.0-liter 110 horsepower I4, five-speed manual transmission and crank windows! It’s beautifully simplistic. The window sticker also says this car had an MSRP of $14,000. You won’t be paying that for this Focus though. Centsible wants $20,000 for this Focus.
The poster says on Facebook that the Focus has had a number of improvements done to it since it essentially hasn’t been driven for over 20 years. He says the tires, battery, filters, fuel pump and timing belt have all been replaced. That $20,000 price also doesn’t seem to be firm with him saying he’s open to offers. “Obviously I know it’s priced high, make me an offer. If you think it’s worth a Hershey bar, that’s cool I probably won’t trade, but no sweat — we just don’t agree,” he says. While that $20,000 price is not far off what the original MSRP would be accounting for inflation, we car people need to get out of this collective mindset of low miles = high value.
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