Negotiating the purchase went a bit like this:
Me (to the private seller, in his driveway) : Hi. Wow. Love the car! I TOTALLY WANT IT! (which is apparently the wrong thing to say right off the bat)
Seller: Yes, this is an excellent car for the money.
Me: GREAT! How ’bout you show me how the top goes down now?!!
Doog (under his breath): Nancy, BE COOL.
Geoff (our Tasmanian friend who knows a bit about cars): Nancy, seriously, BE COOL.
Seller: It’s got blahblah under the hood (I’m not listening, mister!) and blahblah this and blahblah that.
Me: Yup, I hear ya! Mechanical shmanical! Fine, fine, fine! Low kilometres? Dandy! One owner? Most excellent! JUST SHOW ME HOW THE TOP GOES DOWN!
Geoff (to Doog) : Why did we bring her?