If you’re curious about what I’m trying to accomplish, please read this.
When I’m not working on old BMWs, much of my professional time is spent doing custom database software engineering.
Much of the latter involves signing up for various software-related services. It’s a huge pain in the ass to wade through all the fine print in the terms and conditions of the various offering. I skim and read fast, but I suspect most people just gloss over it and sign. And sometimes, they get screwed over.
NOW you know why they call it CYA
Problem is, some agreements are way unreasonable. There are sometimes actual bad consequences to signing them. Judges tend to rule against the party who says “I didn’t read it, I just signed it.”
For example, I once walked away from a $170-an-hour, 40-hours-per-week gig because the hiring company, Yahoo!, included in their hiring agreement that from then on until the day I die, whether I work for them or not, they henceforth own the intellectual property rights to anything I will from then on create. Wait, what? WTF? No. Hell, no.
It would be SO nice to have a common-sense, plain-English, reasonable agreement that people can read once and then simply refer to. It’s such a good idea that I made one. It’s the Precision Quality Software Standard Agreement. I made it. People like it.
For the E30
This of course, logically leads me to the concept of a POS E30.
The “PO” stands for “Piece of” and the “S” stands for the sort of thing you can buy as fertilizer.
I sometimes come across old E30 cars that have high-value parts and it makes sense for me to yank out the lovely M20B25 engine, the 5-speed transmission, the sports seats, the glovebox, and the other things I can sell so fast that I almost feel giddy.
Legal BS Comment: In the process, I face some legal hurdles too even though these cars would have a clean, signed-off title in my possession. For now, let’s not focus on those. I’ll just say I make special agreements with formal wrecking yards and auto repair businesses, and that helps the legality. For example, I can’t just legally vent freon into the atmosphere, so I have a deal with a local auto repair business by which I can bring them a car and they officially remove the freon.
After all that, I have an E30 car that’s missing many parts, and yet its body shell is typically rust-free, and I don’t really know what to do with it. Not to disrespect the E30, but the car probably in that state deserves a designation as … a POS E30.
Who Would Want One?
Someone fearless might then buy such an E30 and stick into it the cool drivetrain they always wanted anyway, e.g., an M30 or M42 motor and a stick shift transmission.
For such a buyer, the absence of the drivetrain isn’t an issue because they were going to throw the old one out anyway. I just saved them some time.
As to the missing interior, they had some sexy special seats in mind anyway, and I basically saved them some labor and a trip to the dump, as to the old E30 standard seats.
The missing other parts, they’re not worried about. They’ll replace them somehow.
That’s the sort of buyer I’d like to attract. People like that tend to be young, fearless and impatient.
Q&A Wastes Time
Buyers really don’t wanna go through a list of 100 questions as to what’s included in the car vs. not.
Yet, it makes a difference whether, for example, the drive shaft is included or not. So, to save everyone time, I’m coming up with a standard that will define a POS E30.
Then, we can all just refer to that, and if there are deviations from it, we can spend 3 minutes focusing on that as opposed to 30 minutes discussing everything that might be included vs. not.
That’s the basic plan, anyway.
What’s in it for me?
If I succeed then the world beats a path to my door and my website gets lots of traffic and, hey, did I mention that I sell E30 used parts?