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Nov 09, 2004 (12:03 pm)
Frankly, an Astro is not a particularly rare or expensive item. No way it could be worth the time/expense to ship it, etc. like this (assuming it was a legitimate deal). It would have to be much asier to just find one in Canada (it's not like Montreal isn't a big place with lots of cars).
Maybe on a rare or exotic car it might be worth it, but not a basic domestic.
I wonder how many people actually fall for this scam? Somebody must, or they wouldn't keep trying.
#48 of 86 Re: .... Careful ......................... [rroyce10]
Nov 29, 2004 (4:37 pm)
I just got scammed from an internet "sale". After some E-mails we agreed on a price. I received a cashiers check from a stateside bank and was asked to forward some funds to the shipper, which I did. Later I was asked to forward a little more and another cashiers check was sent, and received, by me. The checks are stolen or couterfit and the account numbers are bogus. This is a Nigeria scam, that we have heard about. Cost me $3700...Take wire transfers only and make sure they are cleared by the bank before doing anything else.
#49 of 86 Re: .... Careful ......................... [dhowson]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Nov 29, 2004 (4:41 pm)
Ouch! I'm really sorry to hear that you got taken like that, but thanks for sharing your story. We'd all like to believe the best in people, and with a cashier's check, you tend to figure it's the same as cash.
It sounds like you're wiser, and I sure hope you've recovered from the loss.
Roving Host & Future Vehicles Host
#50 of 86 Re: .... Careful ......................... [dhowson]
Nov 29, 2004 (4:44 pm)
Sorry to hear that. I got several of these emails when I sold my car this past July. My "buyers" tended to go away when I told them I would only accept a check for the exact amount of the sale, and I had to approve the bank it was drawn on. Goes without saying to confirm the validity of the check with the bank. After 3 or 4, changing my ad to read "US buyers only" helped, and I only got one more bogus email. I got pretty good at spotting the bogus emails. For someone about to spend over 20k for a used car, they just weren't asking the right questions.
#51 of 86 I want to see the VIN, so..
Jan 13, 2005 (5:45 pm)
I can have my friend / sales mgr run it so I can see EXACTLY what options are on the car, as well as the service history that the mfr has captured. If I'm really interested in the car he can run a carfax for me as well. This worked well for me this past year. I can also guess the mfg date off the VIN on certain cars so I can approximate the amount or remaining warranty the car has. There's lots one can do with the right tools and contacts.
#52 of 86 Here's what I like and dislike about autotrader
Jan 13, 2005 (6:05 pm)
1. dealer name, city and phone numbers not listed on main search results page: an annoyance, but i can click through - usually. (I think this falls under traderonlines area of responsibility)
2. mfr certified cars not showing up as such (probably listers fault)
3. Irrelavent "option" info (definately listers fault. This is what I mean, an endless list of cars all with the following "options" leather seats, alloy wheels, V6, auto trans, power windows, AC, etc, ad nauseum when ALL OF THIS is STANDARD EQUIPMENT on the car I'm looking at. The 3 or 4 REAL options, sunroof, Bose audio, sport package, chrome wheels are NOT LISTED. That caused me no end of headaches.
4. no VIN # (listers fault see my previous post)
5. no color, I will NOT buy any shade of beige or tan, uugh! (listers fault)
6. no mileage (listers fault)
What I Like:
1. excellent way to see what is out there and the range of asking prices.
2. can put in a distance and / or year filter
3. can filter for CPO cars
I made extensive use of autotrader in my last two car purchases and will seriously consider it when trying to sell my next car (If I have to sell one).
#53 of 86 Re: Share your Experiences with AutoTrader.com [melissa]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:47 pm)
I had my car out on Autotrader for about a year, lowered the price & still got a few calls, I put it on Cars.com which is linked to our local newspaper & it sold in less than a month after listing!
#55 of 86 trouble accessing Autotrader
Jun 06, 2005 (4:40 am)
I've been trying to research used cars all weekend. Make of car comes up but then the model selection is grayed out and I can't look for a particular model. So, doing a wider search for all models always gets this: 0 vehicles.
Anyone else having trouble with this?
#56 of 86 Re: trouble accessing Autotrader [wons]
Jun 06, 2005 (4:45 pm)
I'd say their data base is down or empty, but the internet 'front end' is still working.