Has anyone bought a car on Ebay?

  • GoodPup

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    Apr 21, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Just curious if anyone has done this and if you can recommend it? Are there additional hidden costs? Is it too risky?
    I see cars for great prices on there and just curious.
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    Apr 21, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    Read up on the vehicle first. Known problems, maint. schedule. Check it out in person before pulling the trigger. I wouldn't buy a car 1500 miles away then fly out to drive it home.
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    Apr 21, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Folks buy all sorts of stuff on E-bay.

    Mark Cuban, of Dallas, TX, made E-bay's largest purchase a few years back when he bought The Dallas Mavericks' team jet on E-bay.

    I've personally met with good success on E-bay. I paid $22 for the cpu that's on the machine I'm using right now. :-)

    You'll want to investigate E-bay's buyer protection plan to see what's covered in your transaction.
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    Apr 21, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    A buddy of mine bought a 1978 gand Marquis on Ebay for $500 bucks.. it was this hilarious gold on gold monster but was in pristine condition.. he sold it a year or so later for $2000.
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    As long as you see it in person before paying for it, and don't pay via Western Union or via some other method not approved by ebay. Too many scammers selling larger items.

    I've bought and sold campers through ebay successfully, so it can be done. Just be very aware.
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    Apr 21, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    I got mine off there, an 03 jag for 8,500 (excluding shipping) and it came lookin' great and has been runnin for two years just fine.. not expectin' the luck to run out anytime soon.
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    Apr 22, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    If it's a common car, I'd recommend shopping locally. If it's a rare car, then go for it. But make sure you read the fine print and the terms of the sale. And make sure you're not just bidding on a picture of a car. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 22, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    Like everyone else has said, check it out before you bid. To further the rare/classic car comment... only bid without looking if you know you are looking for a project. I speak from experience! I bought a '70 VW beetle without checking it out first. Looked fine from the pictures, but it needed more engine work than the car was worth! Needless to say, I learned my lesson. icon_confused.gif

    If you can't see it in person, see if you have a buddy that lives nearby to do it for you. As a last resort ask for a million pictures.
  • tokugawa

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    Apr 22, 2010 6:54 AM GMT
    First, I used eBay's geographical radius tool to find local cars.

    Then, after I browsed what was available on eBay, I went to the seller's location and test drove the car; many cars which sounded good on eBay were flawed in some way.

    Finally, when I found a car I test drove and I liked, I told the dealer that I would buy it outside of eBay at a negotiated price. Because the dealer had a real person who would pay in cash, and because the dealer did not have to pay eBay fees, the dealer agreed to make whatever repairs were needed to pass a Pennsylvania State Inspection (the most obvious being a broken passenger side rear view mirror).

    I bought a 1995 Honda Accord with 120,000 miles three years ago. It has 155,000 miles on it now, and the powertrain has not required any major repairs. I got a keeper which gets good gas milage.

    The dealer offered me powertrain insurance, and I declined. The first indication it was not a good deal was the copy of the details of the insurance I received had about one inch of the right hand side of the printing cut off. In reading what I could of the details, if, say, the timing chain needed to be replaced, the insurance would not pay for the labor involved in taking out the radiator and the other parts needed to access the timing chain, nor with it pay for the labor to replace those parts when finished.

    I had previously worked as a computer programmer for a firm which sold powertrain insurance through dealers. Half the money you pay for this kind of insurance goes to the dealer as commission! Also, you paid higher rates for Pontiacs for some reason. And you paid much higher rates for a Jaguar.

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    Apr 22, 2010 7:02 AM GMT
    No.
    Fuck e-bay and that bitch of an owner.
    Buy local only.




    I'm mad today.
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    Apr 22, 2010 7:08 AM GMT
    I just bought a 64 convertible Cadillac I'm very happy with it.It was not exactly in the condition that the seller stated but I'm satisfied.It was located in New York so I had it shipped to me here in Indiana which cost me about a $1000.
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    Apr 23, 2010 1:37 PM GMT
    A multitude of sins can be hidden on film...

    I've only purchased one large ticket item off the internet. I took a road trip to the seller, so I could inspect, haggle, and purchase in person. The item turned out to be exactly as advertised.

    I appraise antique firearms for people on the side and have a C&R FFL license. Most sellers do a horrible job of describing their item for sale. Simple phrases commonly thrown out such as "very good" or "fine" condition mean almost nothing by themselves.
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Apr 24, 2010 8:54 AM GMT
    You can do that?!icon_eek.gif


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    Apr 24, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I wouldn't ever buy a car I couldn't inspect or drive first. You're dealing with something that's a big investment here (in more ways than one). I have heard of people buying cars from across the country and being quite disappointed when it's delivered to them. The same situation can occur with sites like Autotrader.com.

    As others have said here, if at all possible, be patient and try to find what you're looking for locally instead.
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    Apr 24, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    You'll hear good stories and bad stories about this, so don't expect to be persuaded either way.

    I've bought a car on Ebay, sight unseen. It was a very rare car and I knew it might be a risk, but I was willing to take that risk to get this particular car.

    Would I buy just any regular car on Ebay? Probably not, not when you can find something just as comparable nearer to where you are.
  • GoodPup

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    Apr 24, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    From what I saw on ebay, there are lots of random dealerships in AZ and stuff selling cars for dirt cheap that are fairly new. So the price is what is getting me thinking about it.

    Even if I test drove a car... I am not a car person, I don't know what I am looking for. As long as it starts and has a great stereo I am usually happy.
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    Jun 13, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    Well, I haven't but a friend of mine did and when she told me I didn't believe her but she told me that you have to check the seller's reputation and what other users say about him/her, and I think that if you pay for something and the seller never ships it to you, Ebay gives you your money back, I'm not sure about that though. I personally, wouldn't do it LOL, it's too risky!!