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    I have bought a couple of Autos from Ebay, from Dealers that specialize in E-bay auctions in Dallas. Always looks at their buyer ratings. The first one I bought was a 2002 Full sized Yukon (suburban ) with leather guts and 2nd row captains chairs. Photos were complete, had 28,400 miles in 2004, and I bought it for $22,000. Flew to LUV field, dealer picked me up, went to his warehouse, looked it over for about 30 minutes, drove it and handed him a cashiers check and drove back to Lubbock.

    I trust these type of dealers more than I do individuals. Reputaion is more important to E-bay sellers making a living at it than individuals getting rid of a lemon. I also bought a carfax report.
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    Anyone looking for a late model Luxury car, has always done well to travel from West Texas to Dallas to do so.

    The Dallas market usually has a great number of late year luxury trade-ins an a person in Lubbock can easily save $3,000-$5,000 buying in Dallas as opposed to Lubbock on the same model with same mileage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake3501 View Post
    Anyone looking for a late model Luxury car, has always done well to travel from West Texas to Dallas to do so.

    The Dallas market usually has a great number of late year luxury trade-ins an a person in Lubbock can easily save $3,000-$5,000 buying in Dallas as opposed to Lubbock on the same model with same mileage.
    That would be the way to flip vehicles...with that kind of a spread, a person could make a decent living in good times just driving 5 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian845 View Post
    what is eBay's policy when buying a car off the site.
    It's been awhile since I purchased one off of Ebay, but even then it was pretty much "buyer beware". They would help you out if it was flat out a fraud listing, but as a buyer you still had to use your due diligence and CYA.

    On a new car/truck/RV purchase you are pretty safe if you simply use common sense.

    And as with any auction, late night bidding while abiding in adult beverages can get expensive in short order...hence the one bad used kit car purchase. The new vehicle purchases on Ebay were a Ford F-250 from a dealer in Davenport, IA. A Plymouth Prowler in Tulsa, OK. Jayco Class C 30' motorhome in Tulsa, OK. National RV 40' Pacifica diesel pusher from up on the Mason Dixon Line in PA. Ford Focus STV in Cleveland, OH. And my favorite was my Kenworth T300 toter-home conversion we picked up in Newark, NJ. Oh, and our last 5th wheel that we had shipped down from IN.

    To be honest one or more of the above may have had to do with adult beverages and late nights on the internet. But, everyone of them came with a memorable trip home after flying up to take delivery.

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    OH, then there was a trip to KCMO that involved a Classic Car Auction. Much along the line of late night internet shopping, they offered an open bar. Life lesson learned!!

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    I have bought a couple totalled vehicles from IAAI insurance auctions. Pretty good luck so far, I know the previous owner was driving it right before I got it. I don't much care about pretty, so a slide hammer, porta-power and BFH are all I need to get them back on the road. (usually have to buy either front or rear light assemblies as well) Been driving my $700 2009 focus for a couple years now. My son turns 16 in April so I will be buying another in the near future.
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    Here, we have auctions open to the public. And we also hae "Dealer Auctions" where the only bidders are licesed dealers who maintain premises and sales lots (some small, 4-5 vehicles, some large like 5 acres of cars) .

    Either one can be good, IF you have done your due diligence as previus posters have stated. Or you can really get taken with somebody else's junk. Know what you are lookig for - - - - - - - know what it is worth, and what it is selling for - which may be two different figures.

    My neighbor up the street has, for years, gone to the dealer auctions with his fried/employer as a drver and has see the same automobile auctioned off three or four times in six weeks. Some great luxury models go through for incredibly low prices, because they have issues with power-windows, power door locks, codes, etc, but LOW prices. His dealer will also buy for friends who want a particular make/model and set a price limit.
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    I bought a little 5 speed Mazda 6 for 2400 bucks with 120,000 miles on it with a clean body, leather seats, and damn good shape. Only thing I had to do was change plugs and the valve cover gasket. I was gonna flip it really quick for a profit but I might keep the little bugger. Its a fun little car. I'm in it 2460 bucks all together
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    I try not buy used cars because of the way people do not take care of their vehicles around here.

    Once we were able to buy a really nice garage kept low mileage Mercury Grand Marquis that had been traded in by an older lady that only drove it when her husband was not able to drive her. It was 6 years old and only had about 5500 miles on it. Great driving and riding car. Had it 6 months and a guy rear ended my wife and totaled the car. So much for that. The insurance paid more than I owed on it, so I had a good down payment on the next one.

    If I do get a used vehicle, I get a mechanic I can trust to really go over it before I purchase it. I don't think you can do that at auctions.

    But, most used vehicles I have looked at were in such bad shape they would not be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RScottie View Post
    I try not buy used cars because of the way people do not take care of their vehicles around here.

    Once we were able to buy a really nice garage kept low mileage Mercury Grand Marquis that had been traded in by an older lady that only drove it when her husband was not able to drive her. It was 6 years old and only had about 5500 miles on it. Great driving and riding car. Had it 6 months and a guy rear ended my wife and totaled the car. So much for that. The insurance paid more than I owed on it, so I had a good down payment on the next one.

    If I do get a used vehicle, I get a mechanic I can trust to really go over it before I purchase it. I don't think you can do that at auctions.

    But, most used vehicles I have looked at were in such bad shape they would not be worth it.
    I'll bet that when you saw that damage you were really glad that she was in that full sized Ford product rather than a Japanese or Korean import.
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