Date registered: Jul 2005
Vehicle: 87 560SEL SOLD: 95 SL600, 95/97 S600 coupe
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RE: BUYING OFF E-BAY?
I have bought 8 cars on ebay.
All had problems that were not disclosed or mis-represented.
Yes, I am a risk taker when the price looks good.
Porsche 928 totalled but not disclosed (first ebay purchase)-- cannot drive in my own state of residence! owner refunded $1,200 for AC compressor, etc. Nice car otherwise.
300zx in 'very good' condition: $9K to repair/replace AC, drive shaft, auto transmission, struts, etc. (second ebay purchase same week) -- I started reading feedback at this point!
560SEL: a San Francisco car with rust under rear window, rear doors, trunk, transmission chewed, accumulators bad, fuel injectors, etc. -- $8K in restoration. completely undisclosed.
XJS coupe: college student bought in Florida, lived in Iniana. Photos were stunning from recent ebay purchase. Upon giving $1K deposit and flying up to drive back: car could not round the block without overheating, complete rust bucket! Threatened lawsuit but too expensive for lawyers on a $6K car. Walked away fuming.
SL600 -- no issues except front spoiler needed painting. love it
S600 -- front rotors, otherwise great!
A8 -- perfect except tires and rotors/pads needed replacement; seller split the cost. Satisfied.
87 928 - 'honest' (Navy military)seller described many repairs and condition, etc. but...
forgot to mention AC compressor leaked like a sieve, driveshaft needed RR, rear light wiring harness, ABS light, front pads, more body and paint, etc. Really PO'd about this one. $4K in repairs
Get an independent inspection, mobile or ask seller to take to dealer for buyer check -- for maximum safety.
You can risk smaller ticket purchases but not the big buck cars.
Compare Carfax with AutoCheck: have found major gaps where one filled out the other.
Recent gripe: Carfax runs the numbers and then proclaims: "Good News!" -- your car checks out! Well, this is really idiotic as recently I have noticed that the small type indicates accident reports in many searches!! What the hey??!