Tuesday 17 September 2019

Brutally honest advert for this family’s old van actually helped to make a sale

The 2005 Ford seats 15 and has 143,000 miles on the clock – it’s got a lot of history.

(Josh Wood/JoshWoodTx.com)
(Josh Wood/JoshWoodTx.com)

By Nicola Irwin, Press Association

A dad who listed his van for sale with a brutally honest advert has revealed he’s managed to sell the vehicle.

Josh Wood turned the listing for his 15-seat 2005 Ford E350 into a mini-confessional, sharing how it ended up with dents on each side courtesy of him and his wife, and that at some point each of his children had vomited inside the vehicle.

Josh posted his advert on Craig’s List in Amarillo, Texas, explaining “in the interest of full disclosure, here’s more information and a partial list of its issues”, and laughing at the idea he might have performed all proper maintenance and changed the oil every 3,000 miles.

“The van is missing a speaker in the side door. My kids have been throwing random items in the speaker hole for years. So, you may end up with some very special treasures. Or really old chicken nuggets. Probably both,” the advert explains.

(Josh Wood/JoshWoodTx.com)

The post went viral, striking a chord with big families and parents in general, but among all the views it managed to woo a serious buyer.

Josh and his wife Careese have nine children, with those still at home aged from 14 to two, and they have all been sick in the van.

Although the vehicle is now clean, Josh explains in the ad: “It will probably always be inhabited by the ghost of vomit past.”

(Josh Wood/Craig’sList)

“We bought a new – to us – van a year ago,” Josh told Press Association. “It does not smell of chick nuggets so that’s pretty great.

“We had been using this old van on our farm. We sold the farm recently and thus no longer had a need for it.”

The van was nicknamed the “struggle bus” by Josh and Careese.

(Josh Wood/JoshWoodTx.com)

Other selling points in the advert include the working automatic windows, although they come with a flip side.

“This is good because the air conditioner does not (work). Well, it sort of works. It works fine until you accelerate past 45 miles per hour. After that, the gas pedal essentially functions as an on/off switch.”

Josh reasons: “I don’t understand most things about cars.”

(Josh Wood/JoshWoodTx.com)

When he tried to work out what price to list his van at, he checked out comparable prices on other sites and adjusted his price down from what was an excellent condition to “fair”.

“I chose ‘fair’ since ‘sad’ was not an option.”

He ended his advert saying: “One last note: I recommend getting this thing checked over by a mechanic before buying. Everything under the hood looks and sounds fine to me; but, then again, I would have no idea if it didn’t look or sound right.”

Amazingly, Josh updated the advert, explaining that the van had been sold, which he said was “surprising me and likely all of you”.

The van has been sold! http://www.joshwoodtx.com/the-struggle-bus-has-gone-viral/

Posted by Josh's Blog on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

He’s leaving his listing online so people can continue to read it for a while. And has copied it on to his family blog.

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