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Buying a vehicle long distance? #4669872
02/18/18 04:00 PM
02/18/18 04:00 PM
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Lyndhurst NJ
Audios Offline OP
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Anyone have any experiences with this? Im looking to see how the transaction normally goes. Im looking for 2007-2008 Mercedes GL320 CDI and theyre pretty hard to come by near me, anything decent does not look as good as advertised. I found a really clean one in Kentucky, and would like to have it shipped up. Im going to have the dealer perform a PPI just in case, but by the looks of the carfax the big leaks were addressed, oil cooler seals are normally about $2k, and its been regularly maintained throughout its life. Once I see some photos underneath, Im going to make them an offer. My understanding of the transaction is as follows;
Send 50% deposit, have them send back title and paperwork.
Once title is in hand, send remaining balance and book the transport vehicle.
Also any ideas as to whats the best way to send payment, was going to do a check for the title and then certified for the remainder to speed it up. Thanks.


2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
2003 BMW M5-Fuchs 5/40
1998 BMW M3/4/5 Fuchs 5/40
Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669882
02/18/18 04:06 PM
02/18/18 04:06 PM
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Waco, TX
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I have bought many vehicles on ebay at a decent discounted rate.

I put down a deposit, then ride the bus or fly to where it is and drive it home. It's always worked out OK for me.


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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669886
02/18/18 04:07 PM
02/18/18 04:07 PM
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USA
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You might want to use something like this to get another set of eyes on it before you buy: https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/pre-purchase-car-inspection

And then funds nowadays are usually sent via ACH (bank to bank). Clears immediately, unlike checks which can take a few days. Your bank may assess a ~$20 fee to receive money.

Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669899
02/18/18 04:18 PM
02/18/18 04:18 PM
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Lyndhurst NJ
Audios Offline OP
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Its at a delaer, so Id pay them if anything, or take it to a local shop. Id be careful with those "we go to you to inspect" sites, if you read the fine print it doesnt go on a lift, they MAY jack it up, and theres no scanning involved, so no idea about pending faults or if the monitors are ready, if thyere not ready that means they just reset the light or the battery went dead.


2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
2003 BMW M5-Fuchs 5/40
1998 BMW M3/4/5 Fuchs 5/40
Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669904
02/18/18 04:24 PM
02/18/18 04:24 PM
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North Carolina
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Is the car at a dealer? Tell them you want to buy it log distance and will need it transported. Let them work for you.

If they're not interested in the sale that way but you still want the vehicle, fly in and drive back.


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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669910
02/18/18 04:26 PM
02/18/18 04:26 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 21,636
Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: Audios
Its at a delaer, so Id pay them if anything, or take it to a local shop. Id be careful with those "we go to you to inspect" sites, if you read the fine print it doesnt go on a lift, they MAY jack it up, and theres no scanning involved, so no idea about pending faults or if the monitors are ready, if thyere not ready that means they just reset the light or the battery went dead.


Why not fly out there and test drive and inspect ?

Unless it's brand new, there's no way I will buy a car sight unseen.

Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669929
02/18/18 04:38 PM
02/18/18 04:38 PM
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Posts: 1,234
Minnesota
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Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Audios
Anyone have any experiences with this? Im looking to see how the transaction normally goes. Im looking for 2007-2008 Mercedes GL320 CDI and theyre pretty hard to come by near me, anything decent does not look as good as advertised. I found a really clean one in Kentucky, and would like to have it shipped up. Im going to have the dealer perform a PPI just in case, but by the looks of the carfax the big leaks were addressed, oil cooler seals are normally about $2k, and its been regularly maintained throughout its life. Once I see some photos underneath, Im going to make them an offer. My understanding of the transaction is as follows;
Send 50% deposit, have them send back title and paperwork.
Once title is in hand, send remaining balance and book the transport vehicle.
Also any ideas as to whats the best way to send payment, was going to do a check for the title and then certified for the remainder to speed it up. Thanks.


Everything you mention seems ok EXCEPT, I would never send them 50% deposit. Something like $100-$200 deposit should be more than enough.

Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669932
02/18/18 04:41 PM
02/18/18 04:41 PM
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Posts: 1,059
Lyndhurst NJ
Audios Offline OP
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Flying out and driving would be an issue, newborn son at home and dont want to leave the wife alone. The 50% deposit was for them to send the title up to me so I can register and insure, and also so I have some sort of collateral. Its down in Kentucky, about 800 miles away. Roughly 750 for transport isnt really that bad considering a plane ticket, food, and an overnight stay, and a few tanks of gas could be 500. I will mention it to them if we can work on a shipped price in the deal, its at 13500 now Id like to be in the 12 range, plus shipping but of course 12 shipped would be better, doubtful though.


2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
2007 Mercedes GL320 CDI Fuchs 5/40 GT Pro XTL
2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
2003 BMW M5-Fuchs 5/40
1998 BMW M3/4/5 Fuchs 5/40
Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669935
02/18/18 04:47 PM
02/18/18 04:47 PM
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Upstate NY
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Upstate NY
You will never find all the paint scratches until you wax it the first time.


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2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Mr Nice] #4669937
02/18/18 04:50 PM
02/18/18 04:50 PM
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Wet side WA
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Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Originally Posted By: Audios
Its at a delaer, so Id pay them if anything, or take it to a local shop. Id be careful with those "we go to you to inspect" sites, if you read the fine print it doesnt go on a lift, they MAY jack it up, and theres no scanning involved, so no idea about pending faults or if the monitors are ready, if thyere not ready that means they just reset the light or the battery went dead.


Why not fly out there and test drive and inspect ?

Unless it's brand new, there's no way I will buy a car sight unseen.


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2004 Corolla 124831
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In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669965
02/18/18 05:33 PM
02/18/18 05:33 PM
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,276
VA
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VA
I bought a 2001 IS300 from pics and had it transported down from NY to VA for free. The seller had the equipment and was going to FL. It just so happened he dropped it off on a rainy day. This is not good. Rain covers up a lot of imperfections. I was disappointed at the rust but it was still a good deal. I will NEVER buy another car like this. I have to see it in person first.


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'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
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'07 Lex GX470 58K
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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669972
02/18/18 05:40 PM
02/18/18 05:40 PM
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Chicago
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Chicago
I've bought a car this way but i will always drive it home.

I've worked everything out on the phone and email. Got more then my share of photos, I booked a train ticket and had a guy pick me up at the station. I finished all the paperwork and drove it home.




I understand with a newborn and etc. Its one weekend away and you protect yourself in so many ways, its almost worth it. Worst case, speak to a buddy who might do it for you. Have a set of trust eyes at the final inspection. I've offered to do it for plenty of people for a few bucks.


My toys
-05 Infiniti G35x 121k
-03 Suzuki SV650N 8.5k
Maintaining
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-98 Nissan Maxima 145k
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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4669992
02/18/18 05:55 PM
02/18/18 05:55 PM
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ME
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ME
Go down there and look at it. Put $100-500 down on it remotely and fly down for a personal look.

This half-down nonsense, is not how car buying works. Neither is only looking at a carfax. You could be setting yourself up for a very expensive mistake.

Don't forget all the hurricanes that happened last year. It's fun to armchair-surf and research. This works for the stock market, not for the used car market.

Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4670008
02/18/18 06:12 PM
02/18/18 06:12 PM
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Canada
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Canada
Back in 03 I purchased my 88 325is without pics, but with a lengthy chat from the PO and a nearby reputable mechanic who did a pre-purchase inspection for me. This was back when the internet and digital cameras were still in their infancy.

I ended up flying out and driving my new (to me) BMW home. In person, it was far more beautiful than anything I could have imagined. The 8 hour drive home was exhausting, but a fun way to experience my new car!
drive


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
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Re: Buying a vehicle long distance? [Re: Audios] #4670023
02/18/18 06:23 PM
02/18/18 06:23 PM
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Posts: 2,087
West Michigan
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West Michigan
I have purchased 2 cars on e-bay. 1 turned out to be ok, the other I got hosed. Have a trusted, knowledgeable friend, yourself, or a professional check it out for you, or don't buy. JMO.



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