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Have to add chilly experience with ebay my son had few years ago. He bought BMW awd on ebay and regardless my advice to drive the 600 miles on weekend -he paid $500 for delivery.
The truth was terrible. Even the shoddy pictures would show the good side of the car. The other was "refreshed" with rattle cans. On AWD car the front drive-shaft was missing. To top it the seller drove the car for 2 years without putting the car on her name, so the pink slip was from the seller she bought it from.
Ebay did offer negotiations, but not a warranty, because the car "would fit under slight misrepresentation, but was still drivable". Finally my son negotiated dropping the car locally to seller relative (we drop it at the church parking lot, since the relative didn't want us to know her address) and son got his money he put for the car back, loosing "only" the shipping charges and our time.
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Thanks guys- You hit the nail on the head. I can carfax it, get it inspected, and talk to the seller. There is just a part of me that feels odd about not seeing it in person. I am going to have to make arrangements with the seller that there is an "out" option should the car not meet my expectations once I see it in person.
I really appreciate all of the help.
Google the seller's name and the word complain or complaint, you'll be surprised that some of them come up with dark history (bad review).
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