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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 06:19 PM
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RE: Auction Buying Ebay/ Car Inspection Company Experiences (positives/negatives)

I found my car on Ebay and was the highest bidder, but not above the reserve price. When I got the "second chance" offer at my bid price, I called the dealer. Since it was only 40 miles away, I went to look at the car. I asked if I could take it out for an inspection and the sales rep said no, they would stand behind their advertised description.

The Ebay offer had expired by the time I got to the car, so the Ebay inspection feature could not be used and the Ebay guarantee did not apply.

After I bought the car directly from the dealer, I immediately drove it to an M-B expert for an inspection. I advised the dealer of the various small problems discovered and they paid to have them fixed.

Now if this car had been auctioned off above the reserve and shipped out of state, I don't know how well Ebay's guarantee would have worked to get the problems fixed and paid for.

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RE: Auction Buying Ebay/ Car Inspection Company Experiences (positives/negatives)

E-bay's "Protections" are essentially worthless.
they have no real responsibility and if you read all of the
agreements attached to Bids, you find that there really
is nothing atttached to it.

The Key issue is "What are the Feedbacks?"

I bought a New (to me) 2001 E430 Sport that
has been a True Joy (so far). The Dealer did
similar to me transaction. I was high, no one
paid reserve price, we negotiated and he shipped
me the car. The independent garage I use has said
that "You ripped that dealer off bad man".
Give you a hint. 31K miles, Mint contition, less then
22K. Way less then 22 K.

My other auto (2 years ago) was a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Limited, big V8, all the goodies, (no GPS).

It was absolultely clean. Needed some work (4X4 stuff
wears out at 50K miles, I don't care who makes it) and it
has been a trooper for me.

Read the Reviews. Give them as well as look at them.
It is a community if you use it as such.

No week is so bad that a weekend cannot cure it.
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RE: Auction Buying Ebay/ Car Inspection Company Experiences (positives/negatives)

I would like to thank everyone out there who responded to my inquiry. It was very rewarding to hear others experiences and give myself more confidence in purchasing my new vehicle. I actually purchased a 2000 ML 320 from D.C. Friday... flew up there on a one-way ticket and drove back to new orleans on saturday....I feel like i got a good deal 63000 miles silver/light silver int. (would have preferred the darker charcoal but i'm satisfied.)$16K one or two minor scratches and nicks but definitely workable. Thanks everyone.
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