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MiniGuy was a DMV-licensed dealer/broker in California for 12 years, but all cars on this site are “For Sale by Owner.” For details or more info, please contact us. We also assist in having thorough pre-purchase evaluations performed, Escrow services to provide for more-secure funds and title transfers, and door-to-door transport. When considering a car for purchase – including ones on this site, it's prudent to pay for a specialist or your mechanic to check them out, since these will not necessarily have undergone the same scrutiny they would've had before being offered in MiniGuy's former showroom. We also offer "Buyers Agent" services for locating cars, or consulting, or assisting with negotiations or transactions.

NOTE: We're always seeking classic Minis for these "Consignment / For Sale by Owner" pages. Please use our Vehicle Request Form or contact us at: miniguy@miniguy.com

Not a ‘Barn Find’, but a ‘Garage Sale’ Find

Wed., May 24, 2007 – As previously mentioned, classic Minis are hard to come by. Sometimes, as a fluke, Minis turn up in unexpected places. Some refer to these as “barn finds,” but this one’s more of a “garage sale find.”

One customer told us his story.

It seems he was at a garage sale in Southern California, and noticed inside the garage a somewhat familiar shape, one covered with blankets and a variety of garage detritus (ie: a polite word for crap and junk). He inquired of the home’s occupants if he might take a look. With their permission, he uncovered a classic Mini in a somewhat tired-looking condition stuffed with stuff – and with cats living in it. Asking if they might consider selling it, he was told yes, he could have it – for $300.

Needless to say, he sprinted to the nearest cash machine, withdrew the money and ran back.

As it turns out, with only minor fiddling, it started and ran – and has done so for the past three years!