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Unhappy scam?

Just saw a well preserved SL500 '96 in CA that is asking KBB's fair price. but the owner is a russian that is holding the car and docs for another guy from Oklahoma that is now back in Russia.

Is there any way to make sure i protect the transaction in some way? Btw, i'm new to the US so i'm clueless to the laws and DMV bureocracy here. any hints?

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Don't do it!!!!

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This sounds like a typical scam found on places like Craig's List.
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I'd be willing to bet that if you went on the proper forum and asked around, you could probably find someone willing to help you find a car to your liking.

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Skip it and move on. This is a textbook scam in the making.
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This sounds like a typical scam found on places like Craig's List.
That's what made me crazy. The textbook scam usually involves you paying a small amount to ship a dream-car to you. in this case, he has the car. I will get it and the keys when i give the money.

The other text book scam is to buy a trashed car, steal a good one, and change the chassis to 'heat' the stolen one. But to be economic viable they usually uses all kind of parts. and don't usually do a good job assembling it (recently i've seen a volvo like this, there were some hoses missings and plastic things holding some pieces)

Well, he agreed to have it checked in the dealer... I'm really confuse by this one. almost paying it just to find out how the scam works

i may call the DMV fraud protection and update this later. Thanks for the input guys.
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Unless the car is properly titled and the ACTUAL owner is in possession of the clear title and is right there to sign it over to you, stay away from it.
Although there are exceptions, such as someone having power of attorney. But I think it would be prudent to look elsewhere for your dream car.
If you don't, well, good luck...

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You are right that scam would be if the seller ask for a deposit on the car that "will be shipped trusting you on sending the reminder", but human ingenuity on cheating others is endless.
In your case the only question is the title?
Short visit to DMV will produce duplicate registration and you can transfer the title to your name.
So the guy showing the car has the title signed by the owner?
The car has Oklahoma registration? That might be a problem, since DMV takes long weeks to check out of state title.
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This is like sending an email to
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Although coming from Oklahoma, the deal does not look OK.

With the assortment of available cars, it would not be worth the risk.

A car would show appreciation for preventive maintenance by never leaving his owner stranded.

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