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Anyone ever bought a car sight unseen and had it shipped cross country? - June 25, 2012, 09:53 AM

I found a classic restored vehicle located in california. $$ and time wise, it looks to best have a car carrier show up and drive it back here.

Has anyone else ever done this via craigslist or ebay purchase of a car?

I have a couple buddies in LAX that can prob stop by to look at the car for me, but really its a gamble.

Payment will be via paypal.

I have a good source for the car shipper. I know about all the shadiness that goes on.

Aside from that, anything else?

No I will not fly out and drive it back. No I will not fly out and trailer it back. And no i will not drive my truck out there and trailer it back.

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So, you have a good shipper... you have a good vehicle/price. What exactly do you need help with?


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My Dad has done that quite a few times with old Porsches... typical concerns with CA classics are they look nice but were often poorly maintained. Also, if you don't have what you are sure to be up to date pictures and ones of all the places you need to see, have them take more with date stamps.


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just a conversation to see if anyone else has done it. maybe there's something I havnt thought of.

pretty weird to buy a car off ebay/craigslist never seen in person and have it shipped here.


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Pops did it with a Healey 3000. VIN didn't match the title when it showed up. I'd at least fly out to check it out before hand.


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you should drive there and fly it back


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My Dad has done that quite a few times with old Porsches... typical concerns with CA classics are they look nice but were often poorly maintained. Also, if you don't have what you are sure to be up to date pictures and ones of all the places you need to see, have them take more with date stamps.
He is taking a walk around video tonight and sending it to me tomorrow.

I needed more shots of the interior, so i am getting that too..


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What do you know about the seller? Is it an ebay purchase or CL?

Ebay is protected if the listing is fraudulent.

That said, I've purchased a few things site unseen and never had any issues.


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Pops did it with a Healey 3000. VIN didn't match the title when it showed up. I'd at least fly out to check it out before hand.
I was kinda thinking of doing that, but thats $$ on airfare..but obviously could be worth it.

the car has been stripped down to the shell, and redone all the way back up. engine redone, suspension, frame etc.. so im still learning about how the paperwork would go for that....

this car is not restored to original in the sense that you could show it off as such. but still a true to original restore.


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What do you know about the seller? Is it an ebay purchase or CL?

Ebay is protected if the listing is fraudulent.

That said, I've purchased a few things site unseen and never had any issues.
Its CL, but payment via paypal which has "some" assurances.


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Pops did it with a Healey 3000. VIN didn't match the title when it showed up. I'd at least fly out to check it out before hand.

was he able to get that sorted out?


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was he able to get that sorted out?
Threats of lawsuits tend to result in money back. Still sucked though. Still looking for a nice deal on a 3000 if one pops up.

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Its CL, but payment via paypal which has "some" assurances.
You ever filed a dispute with paypal? it's not exactly cake getting them to take care of you.


If it's a CL transaction, you really should either go see it yourself, or have a competent mechanic/classic car guy take a look.


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He is taking a walk around video tonight and sending it to me tomorrow.

I needed more shots of the interior, so i am getting that too..
If the pans weren't done in the resto, some underneath shots would be good. Also, some of under the engine etc to see signs of leaks etc...

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