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Feb 11, 2009 (3:35 pm)
No, both were about 500 miles away and we drove.
You're talking about flying just to take a look? Wow, can't imagine doing so on something that would just be a driver. Hmmm....probably would if looking at a collector car that was represented as premium with a price to match.
As for drivers, the only way I'd even think about long distance would be for a rare condition, option package, or color combination. Otherwise, I keep within 100 or so miles of home - easy to do here in Columbus.
The first car (for my daughter) was an extremely low mileage example in the precise color/equipment combination that she demanded. Yes, demanded, as was her right since she'd carried a torch for it since the age of 9!
The second was just a fluke as I needed a car in a hurry.
#210 of 238 Used car warranty
Feb 18, 2009 (8:31 pm)
Concerning buying an out of state or area vehicle, does anyone has any knowledge of a reliable warranty company, for used cars?
I came across an 06 Audi A-4 S-line 6M, loaded with the every available option for a pretty decent price. As it sits, it's at about 51,xxx miles, which is just out of warranty, if I'm correct.
I have never purchased a used car from an individual before, so I have a few concerns about the reliability and such. Buying at a dealership would offer some sort of relief, in the event something serious happens shortly after the purchase. I have spoken with the owner and he seems fairly honest and mature. The car looks immaculate, and I do plan to do a quick mechanics check before I buy. But with the knowledge of it being a VW product, I know that there is the possibility for problems later on down the line (nothing against any VW / Audi, but this is a known fact). The seller recommended one company in particular, but a quick google search revealed that there were numerous issues with this company, mainly in the Great Lakes and PA area.
This company is called Great Lakes Warranty. The coverage they provide looks good on paper, but I read that the process of getting an APPROVED claim was the hard part. If anyone else has any experience with them, please chime in..
The next company I came across was Warranty Direct , their coverage read very good, but in my opinion, the rates were kinda pricey, even compared to Great Lakes Warranty coverage. I mean, I was looking at a little over $4000 for all major componets covered, and that was only for 3yr or 37000 miles with about $150 deductable. Maybe this is the norm, so if i'm bugging over that, then give me some feedback.
Again, if anyone has any additional info , please chime in, as it would be greatly appreciated. And as always, thanks for the space..
#211 of 238 Re: Used car warranty [b18tuner]
Feb 19, 2009 (5:18 am)
You could try posting over in the Extended Warranties forum but you won't get any recommendation for a 3rd party warranty.
#212 of 238 ? re: buying a car online + payment process + X country
Apr 26, 2009 (3:10 pm)
Hi there -
Am hoping that someone has had some experience with purchasing a car online ( through a small time dealer across the country.) How does the process work in terms of exchanging $$$ and the title? The car will be shipped cross-country and is being held w/ a deposit.
Is the standard practice to pay for the vehicle in-full before receiving the title (???) Or is it reasonable to request that the seller overnight you the title ( while they still have the vehicle.) When you receive the title you wire the remaining $ and the seller releases the car to the shipper?
Any advice is much appreciated!
#213 of 238 Re: ? re: buying a car online + payment process + X country [cpr3]
Apr 27, 2009 (5:04 am)
Good luck with getting the title before the dealer receives all the money. No, that is not reasonable.
Wire them the money or send them a cashier's check. Once your money shows in their account, then they will send the title out to you.
If the vehicle is not delivered to you in the shape that is guaranteed through your contract, then that contract is null and void.
#214 of 238 Buying on Ebay is amazing-- even unseen!!
Apr 29, 2009 (3:26 pm)
Hi, I think buying on Ebay is really amazing if u do a little research.
I purchased a 06 Honda Pilot and an 06 loaded Lexus GX SUV for amazing prices.Both were located in Florida.And those are kind of costly cars to be buying unseen.
And they were shipped without me even seeing the cars..
That was the best buying experience I ever had.the cars were in superb condition and I was very satisfied.
Of course ,I did my research,,which is very very important--Check the carfax first,,see the seller feedback and reviews--very important,,better if they are powersellers with a sellers guarantee,,and ask the seller questions.
For anyone buying online unseen for the 1st time,,it may seem like a leap of faith but do your research and u can get a great deal.
Also if possible,,buy cars which are not from the snow areas as they can have a lot of rust...U can also check Carfax on this.
But really,,,Ebay is a great way to buy cars.If I can buy a high end Lexus unseen then u can buy any good car unseen by doing your research!!
#215 of 238 Re: Buying on Ebay is amazing-- even unseen!! [deltheking]
May 08, 2009 (9:06 am)
Also if possible,,buy cars which are not from the snow areas as they can have a lot of rust...
And cars from the south are usually flood damaged pig, that had lipstick put on it.
So, the point is....???
#216 of 238 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 21, 2009 (2:05 am)
#217 of 238 Buying a Pig in a Poke
Jul 30, 2009 (7:15 am)
Many of you may be too young to have heard that phrase, but what it means is basically buying something sight-unseen. It's a risky proposition, at best. There are too many horror stories out there to enter blindly into a contract with someone. The best thing to do is - as a previous poster said - do your homework. Know what you're looking for and what you want to pay. If you can find a car locally that you can go see, and if you can actually talk to the seller face to face, you have a better chance of getting what you bargained for. We have been very fortunate to come out winners in three different online vehicle purchases from out of state - but it still scares me. I feel like we're playing the odds. This next purchase is going to be local. I don't want to take any more chances (that is if I can hold my husband back. He's an online buyer MANIAC!)
#218 of 238 Re: Buying a Pig in a Poke [emjay1]
Jul 30, 2009 (9:15 am)
Your post begs the question........ Did he find you online?