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S55 in Minneapolis area

I replied to this ad last week. Got a reply after contacting again. Owner isn't inclined to allow viewing on a lift.

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Looks like a nice car, but looking at it on a lift is part of any pre-purchase inspection that any reputable shop would do. I'd be looking at the ABC suspension *very* closely on a lift, after what I went through with my S600. I'd also be checking out the parts that the owner said were replaced to make sure they're OEM. The splash guards under the engine and transmission would also be coming off so I could see if there are any oil/trans/whatever-else leaks.

Why is the owner not inclined to allow a thorough pre-purchase inspection on a lift?
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Your about to buy the car, and he doesn’t want you to look underneath it? LoL I’d let him know, I’m passing and thank him for it’s time.
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Your about to buy the car, and he doesnít want you to look underneath it? LoL Iíd let him know, Iím passing and thank him for itís time.
Yep. Pretty much. My posting here was that and to let others in on the information. Smells like Seattle's fish market to me.
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Yep. Pretty much. My posting here was that and to let others in on the information. Smells like Seattle's fish market to me.
You are 100% right. If I was selling my car and had none to hide, I would have no problem with any of the pre inspection requests from a potential buyer. Definitely fishy!!
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Hi,

I don't sell that many Cars, but when I do, and the potential buyer has turned up I always make sure there is nothing on my lift and ask them if they want me to put it on the lift so they can inspect it with me.

If they say yes, I point out all the work, new parts etc, and also tell them of anything I feel would need attention in a year or so.

If there is anything that would need doing before it's next MOT Test it would have been done prior to sale, and every time I sell one, it always gets a full new 12 month test just before sale.

Transparancy is the key to getting a quick good priced sale

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Everything said here confirms my personal thoughts on the matter. Nobody expects a used car with 150k on the clock to be perfect. People just need to know what they're getting into. For a seller to say he isn't going to putz around for 7k dismisses that amount and, actually, greatly diminishes the value of that car. in the end though it is clear that if you're not willing to spend a little time for a thorough inspecting then you're not being forthright. Strangely I find that par for the course here in Minnesota. I has far better luck considering the number of people I interacted with when I lived in Las Vegas- or any other place for that matter. In my life I've lived and worked in 12 states, 3 countries on 2 continents- I find it all comes down to what a person expects in many regard. People here are expected to be forthright. Because of that I find people take advantage of that expectation. Where in Vegas, most often, the opposite was true. Most are trying hard not to be a stereotypical clichť. I would be interested in knowing what you fellows would value a 2004 150k S55 at and seeing what that car actually sells for.
In closing I will say the seller also stated, "I'm thinking about taking one of the low ball offers rather than... putting it on a lift."

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Some people (like me ) want a easy sale and don’t care whether we get less money.

I sell my cars at no reserve on ebay and only take buyers who pay first then ship the car out . I don’t have time for tire kickers or people asking questions or wanting to take the car somewhere to get looked at . Just not interested in the type of buyers who want to pick apart an old car .
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Some people (like me ) want a easy sale and donít care whether we get less money.

I sell my cars at no reserve on ebay and only take buyers who pay first then ship the car out . I donít have time for tire kickers or people asking questions or wanting to take the car somewhere to get looked at . Just not interested in the type of buyers who want to pick apart an old car .
Agreed...kind-of. This guy's car will sell regardless. Seems pretty forthcoming in the ad.
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Having seen a very similar car advertised before (same Y,M&M) as well as realizing that, in my book, this is not a steal of a deal, considering all things the least of which is that it is a car in rural Wisconsin not getting under a car for a good look is irresponsible in my opinion based on my experience (esp. my experience here in Minnesota). Regardless, I don't buy cars "site unseen". I'm glad people can make money selling cars on the net but I'm sure you're not asking a great deal for the car. Tire kicker or not, I've owned 30 cars at one time and have bought and sold enough- had enough "wish I would have done a more thorough investigation- before purchasing. I am speaking form a buyers position. Others may differ especially if they are supporting a "sellers" position. The ad, taken at face value, sounds great but when you include the lack of desire to simply put it on a lift then it's a no-deal for me. I have only purchased one car that i did not preview personally and that was only because the person who previewed it I've known for decades and trust implausibly. The seller was also stalwart allowing for all request to review. That to me is the Mercedes Benz way rather than that at a used car lot.
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