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EBAY: Can it enforce its stated fraud policy?

I am starting this thread because I don't believe Ebay has any power to enforce their guarantees against fraud or even followup the major scams that are occuring every minute on that venue. Cars, computers, cameras, etc.

I think that there has to be a better way to police the scammers and have Ebay do immediate followups on the sellers of misrepresented vehicles, and prosecute them, otherwise that venue is going to completely lose credibility.

It has with me.
The best one can get out of this system is to locate a car that has possibilities, from which you have to personally inspect before considering any purchase.

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Let me think.
-I bought $80,000 motorhome on ebay
-I bought ML55 on ebay
-I bought/sold couple of hundreds of items on ebay, that would be impossible to buy, or sell locally. At least not for the prices I've got.
If you think ebay is the only place for unscrupulous seller -think again. The ML I bought wasn't as good as described, but still good for the money and I could walk away from transaction. I drove over 1 HR locally to see another, only to discover, that "clean car with almost new tires" had one tire with bold side and thousands of small scratches on the paint. After seeing lot of candy residues thru the window I didn't bother to wait for the owner to open it.

Than I am getting lot of scam letters when advertising my apartments for rent. I guess this is sign of the times?

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I am starting this thread because I don't believe Ebay has any power to enforce their guarantees against fraud or even followup the major scams that are occuring every minute on that venue. Cars, computers, cameras, etc.

I think that there has to be a better way to police the scammers and have Ebay do immediate followups on the sellers of misrepresented vehicles, and prosecute them, otherwise that venue is going to completely lose credibility.

It has with me.
The best one can get out of this system is to locate a car that has possibilities, from which you have to personally inspect before considering any purchase.
it's all about personal choice on the decisions you make to purchase an item on ebay. If you know that ebay doesn't police hard enough, then you have to make the effort to ensure that the product that you're purchasing is true in any shape, way or form. Whether it means, like what kajtek1 said, going in person to see the item or contacting the person. If not, then don't use eBay.

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I brought lots of stuffs on ebay for my cars and trucks
You really get what you paid for sometimes
there is no way ebay can enforce 100% of the time and takes too much time to prove the seller is selling fake stuffs. File this and that online to prove it and all
by the time all that time has passed the seller is long gone and use another email address to sign on to ebay
you just have to ask and review others feedbacks
Even their ebay paypal is not worth it if you are buying items under $100.00 since ebay charges you fees for filing claims and all them shipping and handling back and forth will eat up your $100.00 easily
Just use common sense and buyers beware
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My advice is to NOT buy a Mercedes from EBay without seeing it in person.

One of my neighbors bought a nice CLK55 not long ago, and said he had several electrical problems - but overall, he seems satisfied. I can ask him for more details if you are interested.

I met another guy (chance encounter at a gas station with an ML430). He said MB replaced his engine because it used to much oil - that's a well known class action suit. Other than that, he seemed satisfied as well.

Like the other poster said, practice buyer beware, no matter what you buy, or where you buy it.

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I purchased several cars on eBay, but got burnt once. Drove to see the car to find scam. Great condition BMW appears to be total junk in undrivable condition, with tennis ball size holes in interior and all warning lights SRS, Brake, Check engine which just came up last night.

It happens more often on eBay, as well as on AutoTrader or Cars ourdays.
Check for feedback, talk to the seller and make personal judgement.
From old days of Ebay where you could have great delas daily, it become the platform for advertising, scam and uninformed buyer abuse.
Good deal still happens but scams are getting over 10% mark of all "good deal" transactions.

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Don't forget that the most expensive car is the cheap Mercedes.

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Six out of seven of the cars I have bought on ebay were poorly or grossly misrepresented even after email correspondence asking if leaks of any kind were present.
One was completely undrivable in 'good condition'. 91 300ZX. $9,000 in repairs: entire AC, tranny, drive train, belts/hoses, injectors, tires, etc.
Second was totaled in my state and could not be retagged. 86 928. $3,000 in repairs. AC was shot.
Third was a 97 A8L. $1,500 in repairs
Fourth, my 87 560SEL. over $8,500 in repairs including rust, transmission, rear suspension, injectors.
Fifth, my 97 S600. Rear accumulators, gear box, $2,500 repair bills
Sixth, my 95 S600. Engine leaks, power steering leak, wiring harness. $10,000 in repairs.

not a happy camper. no relief from ebay after last purchase.
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Six time burned -yet keeps on buying on ebay?
Sometimes it is good investment to order inspection before going for the car.
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I never brought cars on ebay since I prefer to test drive the car and kick the tires first..........hee......hee.......

most of the time, those carfax is only good when the seller or previous owner report the problem. I usually do not trust them type reports.

another issue with vehicles online are some vehicles are savaged and sent to other States to obtain a new title claiming no accident reported since its up to the owner to fill them DMV forms and report if any.

Another heads up to watch out for are flooded vehicles
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