On Sat, 05 Aug 2006 02:42:17 +0000, Tom Lawrence wrote:
Never, never EVER buy a car or truck on Ebay unless you can personally
inspect it and also have a dealership go thru it with a fine tooth comb.
Get the results of the inspection in clear writing.
I can't even begin to relate the horror stories I've heard and the horror
story I went thru. I will tell you this - I believe 70% of the vehicles
on Ebay are being dumped - they're junkers or significantly damaged in
some way. The feedback system does not work for a variety of reasons.
So.... consider the case where the seller is advertising your perfect,
dream truck. You buy it, only to discover it needs $1000 worth of engine
work, $1200 of transmission work, a $600 rear bumper, a $250 windshield, a
$450 tailgate and $750 in differential repairs.
You can't invoke Ebay's fraud protection unless damage to any single
system exceeds $1500. There's nothing you can do except drag your butt
thru the court system. Mucho time and money and aggravation. Been there,
done that, got the T-shirt.
Best to buy from an individual or dealer near home.
This is the truth for every car, unless you can get it *real* cheap.
I'm not exactly sure what a Dealership is going to do for you - they're
in no way required to discover all problems with a car, all it takes is
a 6 pack of premium brew to get a 'clear' inspection. So far I've yet
to meet any dealer-folk that knows properly how to interpret the results
from an OBD-II beyond reading error codes.
I attempted to sell a perfectly good vehicle on Ebay and nobody was
willing to pay more than salvage-title price for it. I got better
dealer trade-in offers than I did bids on ebay. I 'smartened up' and
decided to keep the vehicle til it dies, which should be a long way off
since used parts are cheap and plentiful (01 Hyundai Santa Fe v6, 26
mpg). By the time this thing gets unreliable due to age/mileage there
will be a Solstice GXP in my driveway :P
I'm in the market for a fire (ladder) truck - lets just hope thats all
it needs! Plus, all that sounds cheap compared to the fuel bill
required to drive any truck Dodge ever built.
"Ebay fraud protection" is a joke. Ebay tries to make out that
transactions with their service are somehow 'safer' than an individual
transaction when in reality Ebay makes it even harder to pursue fraud.
That doesn't mean I don't score a bunch of good, cheap loot off Ebay...
Where else can somebody buy a brand new Farberware Superfast
percolator for 1/4th of retail? :)
Online friend has been driving a 78 Datsun 210 he got for $10 off ebay
for the last couple years. After 4 hours and about $70 at a parts store
he was able to drive the car home (150 miles) after it had been sitting
for at least a year. All he's done since then is basic maintenance..
Not bad for $80 invested and ~35 mpg.
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