Alain, if you don't mind me asking, why are you on constant prowl for Volvos? Are you flipping them?
Nah, it's a hobby and if I had the garage space and a few more skills, plus time not totally consumed by my kids and my job, I would totally flip cars. But I'm looking for the perfect replacement for my S70 which currently has 160k miles on it and probably will need to be replaced within the next 4 years (by the time I reach 200k miles). So I search for the perfect replacement. This one was ALMOST perfect. I balked on a 98 White on Charcoal V70 T5A with 80k miles on it in Des Moines a few months ago and really regret it now. Then there was the silver on charcoal 98 S70 T5A with 44k miles on it in Pittsburgh last month. Couldn't get the seller to take it in for an inspection because he was too busy with school. And then suddenly another buyer showed up locally.
In the last year I've literally been minutes from closing the deal on 5 different cars that most guys on this forum would consider perfect as a starting point (low mileage, excellent condition, right price) and there's always been a reason not to do it. Money isn't the issue, it's sitting in the bank burning a damn hole in my pocket. I just want the car that feels right.
And I love the adrenaline rush of being the first person to find something that A) the buyer doesn't realize is a hidden gem and B ) tons of other enthusiasts are looking for. Yesterday was fun even though it didn't result in a car for me.
It's a sickness, I know.