Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: 10 GLK 350 4Matic
Location: Sonoma County CA
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RE: Auction Buying Ebay/ Car Inspection Company Experiences (positives/negatives)
Bought my '00 E320 off ebay and couldn't be happier. Got a very clean unit at a below trade in price.
You have to do your homework and be very cautious.
I would only (only) do business with someone who has been selling cars - particularly very clean newer luxury cars for a year or two at minimum and has a sterling feedback rating. Check out with a records service to make sure the history is clean -- and get a local dealership to check the car out.
I would email and talk to the ebay dealer as well as to their previous purchasers.
The good sellers go out of their way to make sure you are happy with the purchase. They are trying to build a business and need your good feedback from a happy sale.
In my case, the car was advertised - in error - as having the factory CD player. When the car arrived without one, and I asked about it -- they researched it then paid to put a factory unit in the car at no charge.
Ebay can be a successful low cost business for a dealer if they remember basic business principles and don't get greedy.
They're out there. You just have to look carefully.
Of course private party sales can be good on ebay too, but require more scrutiny.
Now: 2010 GLK350 4Matic Then: 2003 C320 4Matic, 2006 E320 CDI, 2000 E320, 1994 E320, 1991 190E, 1985 300D, 1983 300D
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good scotch is barely enough."