I was raised that it's impolite to ask things like that. When I had my Elise, some of my friends and family didn't even ask me "how much" even though I know they were wondering. If they're uncomfortable asking about the price, where does that place a total stranger on the street that comes up to you inquiring?When someone asks you how much the car costs.... Tell them. Whats the problem?
If someone asks me this as the first (and likely only) question, it bothers me. They aren't seeing a fun car, they are seeing an expensive 'thing'.When someone asks you how much the car costs.... Tell them. Whats the problem?
While I agree that it's in poor taste to ask I think it's just people's natural curiosity. I generally give them the benefit of the doubt and always give new prices. As we all know anyone can Google to find this answer. I figure I'd rather err on the side of caution as my car is rather memorable. Definitely don't want something thinking "hey, there's that a$$ hat's car - let's mess with it!".If someone asks me this as the first (and likely only) question, it bothers me. They aren't seeing a fun car, they are seeing an expensive 'thing'.
Maybe it makes me sound a bit like a d1ck, but when rude people ask me the price question, I usually say something like...
"It's sort of rude to ask people that question. It's like someone asking you how big your wifes boobs are. You might give an answer. You might lie. But either way, you will probably feel uncomfortable that someone asked you a question like that."
I had an incident over the weekend where I had parked the Elise in a picnic area of Rocky Mountain National Park. One group of Chinese tourists began to take photos, which is great... but then several girls began leaning on the car, laying their upper body across the clams and the doors posing for photos. I had a good patina of dust from the day's drive and was a bit upset. I tried hitting my fob, thinking a blip of the lights might spook them OFF the car...damn my low battery!
So i begin walking over saying something about dust and scratches... but they were so enthusiastic I just felt like a jerk... it all buffs out, right? So I ask if they would like to sit in her and take photos.... try explaining "Do not step on the carpet buttons, nor hold the windshield, and watch the aluminum" to someone who only speaks Chinese. Smiles came out, it was a great encounter... and the oldest fellow said something to me... I didn't understand, and he repeated, "English?" while gesturing at the car.... "Yes" I smiled, "YES!" He knew about the car! He will return home with at least one polite memory of an American!