Date registered: Jul 2004
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I could not own my cars without eBay. However, like anything else, it has risks.
1. Get a really good idea of what a part will cost (a) at a dealership and (b) at a supplier like autohaus before forming an opinion on what looks like "A good deal" on new parts. My favorite find is an abandoned project.
2. Read (1) again. MANY private parties ask MORE than dealer list for their used, crappy part because either they are trying to take advantage of someone else's ignorance or they think they've discovered a gold mine. Just because a car is 20+ years old doesn't make most parts unobtainable at the dealership and not all of them are high in price.
3. Salvage yards are pretty good at describing the condition of their used parts; private parties are not. Here's a handy conversion table to use when reading most eBay descriptions for any body or chromed part. I've seen SOME honest ones, but not many.
"Absolutely mint" = pretty good
"Near Perfect" = not perfect, but probably better than what you have
"Excellent" = usable
"Good" = probably worse than what you have
"Usable" or "driver" = probably unusable junk
"No pits" = pits
"No rust" = some rust
"Slight surface rust easily removed" = when removed, the part will no longer exist
"a few rusted spots" = will be a box of iron oxide powder by the time it reaches your door
ASK FIRST BEFORE BIDDING ON A USED PART. PHOTOS ARE ALMOST USELESS AT MOST SCALES YOU WOULD SEE ON EBAY.
FEEDBACK IS VERY HELPFUL, AS IS OBSERVING HOW LONG SOMEONE HAS BEEN AN EBAY MEMBER. _READ_ other people's feedback comments.
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Last edited by strife2; 01-25-2008 at 10:08 PM.