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Toyota ECHO, Sedan
Oct 18, 2010 (10:40 pm)
I'm in the process of strongly buying a 2002 Toyota Echo in another state...about 1100 miles from home. The car is located at a dealer. My question is; Is it possible to have the car shipped to my state? Or is their a "business" that helps out of state buyers get the car sent to them? I"m trying to avoid extra costs of flying, hotel, etc, . Then, if I fly out there, and the car is not what I thought, I would be out of money too. This will be my first internet car buying experience, and I need some advice please.
Oct 19, 2010 (5:44 am)
Heres what you can do:
If you know someone who lives near the car, they could check it out for you. I live in NJ, have worked as a car mechanic, and would be happy to do that. Maybe someone on this site lives near it and could help?
Shipping the car would be at least $500 and probably more. Its not going to save you any money Im afraid.
I just bought a motorcycle in Texas, flew down there, and drove it home. That is common with motorcyclists. People selling motorcycles know that (in general) so when they sell they make efforts to accomodate buyers. I understand your feelings about getting there and the car isnt what you thought. Do you think the sales people have been responsive to you? Have they made some sort of gesture/said something that makes you think you can trust them? Basically thats all you can go by. Your gut instincts. With motorcycles theres kind of a bond of brotherhood. I have sold several bikes to out of state people. I told them the truth, tried to help wherever I could. I look for that when Im buying out of state. When I went to TX I had a good feeling about they buyr. I was right: the bike was everything he said it was.
Did you use Craigslist?
You must live in a rural area without many ECHOs. If not I sure would look closer to your area. Its possible to do what you want but really you are taking a chance. ECHOs in general are EXCELLENT cars. Maybe the most reliable ever made. Having said that you are completely at the mercy of the dealer.
I wil look on Clist locally here in NJ if you want. I would be willing to check out the car you you, gratis. I have a lot of experiences with ECHOs and cars in general.
#5694 of 5804 Re: Ship a used car ? [nurseer2002]
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 19, 2010 (9:02 am)
There are SO many scams out there related to internet sales that involve shipping vehicles. While this may be perfectly legitimate, I would insist on having someone see the vehicle in person before you buy it. If the seller won't let you do that, run, run away.
In my opinion, you are better off working with a local dealership. Tell them what you're looking for, and they may be able to locate one coming up for auction to buy & then sell to you.
#5695 of 5804 Re: 2002 [kneisl1]
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 19, 2010 (9:03 am)
Wow! That's a VERY kind offer, kneisl1. You get a gold star for the day.
Oct 19, 2010 (11:16 am)
The are about 30-40 ECHOs for sale in the Craigslist for the Philly area. 99% of them are dealers selling ECHOs with way over 100k miles on them for $5000-6000. There are two private sallers. One of them wants $5100 for an ECHO (2002?) with 21k miles on it.
Thats a HUGE increase in numbers in just a few months.
#5697 of 5804 4 door '01 now a 3 door
Nov 24, 2010 (2:28 am)
I was heading home from work back in June when my 01 4 door was broad sided by a driver running a stop sign in a intersection where I had the right of way. She swung the car 180 degree but everyone was OK... That's the second time my car was technically totaled. But it cruises just fine, straight braking too, but the back drivers door is bashed in.... As it turned out the lady who hit me had no insurance. That's why we ended up doing a show called Swift Justice with Nancy Grace in Atlanta that aired on 11/03. 3K for me, I invested it in Prosper.com. 145,000 on er, just hoping that was the last mishap for us!!
Did I see someone post earlier from Wisconsin that drives to the Twin Cities and back every day? Kneisl maybe... I'm in Winter, WI, also known as the boonies!! 3 people per sq. mile up here in the forest. Many many trips to St. Paul!
#5698 of 5804 Re: 4 door '01 now a 3 door [mnman]
Nov 24, 2010 (2:09 pm)
You sure it's still safe to drive? Glad to hear there were no injuries!
Nov 24, 2010 (6:13 pm)
Nope not me I live in beautiful Camden NJ.
#5700 of 5804 2000 Toyota Echo Shimmies
Nov 28, 2010 (10:25 pm)
First of all, I'm female and know NOTHING about cars. However, I inheirted my mom's 2000 Toyota Echo, it currenly has 48K miles. Everything is original on the car.
The problem I just started having is, it seems to either vibrate or shimmy at low speed--25 miles/hour. It's not real pronounced...but definitely noticeable. The tires seem fine.
Any ideas guys/gals?
#5701 of 5804 Re: 2000 Toyota Echo Shimmies [gigirn46]
Nov 29, 2010 (6:45 am)
It might just be the wheels are out of balance. There are typically tiny weights added to the wheels to make sure there is no vibration but they can fall off, or be knocked off by brushing against a curb. If you look at your tire rim, you'll see at least one wheel probably has this little weight clipped to the rim. If this has only recently started happening, you might even be able to find a "clean spot" on one of the wheels from where the weight was formerly attached. The vibration can occur at any speed, and will go away again just above and below that range.
Most any car shop, even Sears auto shops can check the wheel balance and fix it for you. I don't know if your mom kept her service records, but there may even be a warranty for her tires and that often includes life-time balancing. With mileage that low, they are probably the original tires, so you might be able to get the Toyota dealer to do it for free.
Don't let someone talk you into a full wheel alignment unless you actually start to notice the car pulling to the left or right while driving or notice very uneven tire wear.