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Old 07-19-2012, 12:53 PM
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I may make an offer on a car located in Florida (I'm in NJ), I have an e-mail out to the seller (friend of an internet friend) and will be calling them this evening for more detail on the car (99 Plymouth Prowler).

from all I've been told the owner (a car guy) is selling this mint condition car due to his age. From the picks I've seen it looks very nice, will confirm mileage when we talk.

I was thinking of contacting a local dealership and have them go over the car for me and report back their findings before I fly down for the purchase.

I'm not sure yet if I'd ship the car back or drive it back (would love to drive but don't know if time will permit it), if I want to drive it does the state of Fl supply a temp tag for transit or something? How would all this work, a strict timeline may be at hand.

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Maybe someone on the site can check it out before the dealer ??
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Maybe someone on the site can check it out before the dealer ??

I'll find out what city in Fl later today.
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Run a carfax on it and see what comes back on the VIN.

Have a local mechanic check it out.

Check into having it shipped...it may be cheaper than a plane ticket and gas.

FL will issue a 30 day temp tag...it can be done in any county tax collector (tag) office.
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ive bought quite a few exotics from great distances and i use a broker. he does the research, checks out the cars and assist in the purchase/transportation etc..has been a good relationship
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I will volunteer to go look if anywhere in the panhandle.......Pensacola.

In fact there is a purple one on the chevy dealer lot up the road from me about three miles away.
Yep, here it is:
http://www.petemoorechevrolet.com/Ve...-FL/1782163693

Hey, as of tomorrow, I am un-employed so........................................

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Hope someone from New Jersey has better taste than to buy a PURPLE car

Really I'm kidding, looks kinda neat.
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Get a PPI ..... "Pre-Purchase Inspection"......... When I was buying classic Porsche's we would find a local shop and pay a few $$$....

I am in Fort Laud if you need a set of eyes down here..... I like Hemi's
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I deal with a lot of dealers in Naples fl.
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OK just spoke with the owner of the car in question, his car is located in Punta Gorda, Fl south of Sarasota, but he is in the hills of NC until late Aug.

That said he's an older man maybe 70ish and he likes his toys, when I asked him the reason for the sale he said his 2012 Camaro was tired of sharing time with the 99 Prowler. He keeps it covered in a garage, has a bra for out of town runs, always his own oil changes with Mobil 1 every 3K. Car has just shy of 60K miles on her, completely stoke except for he changed out the exhaust for side pipes, but still has the original if I want it (I will).

I have no reason to doubt anything the man said, once I get more photos I'll have him take it to a dealer of my choice (maybe you guys can help with that), let them give it a good going over and fill me in. I may buy it blind but if I can find the time to fly down I will. All out of vacation days by late Aug. though so will have to play that by ear.

Thanks for the input for now, will let you all know if we take the next step.

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Here's one in Sarasota for $29,9000

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...22869029&Log=0
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Here's one in Sarasota for $29,9000

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...22869029&Log=0

The guy in question is asking 23K for his one owner car, it'll be hard for me to even try and talk him down on that price.

Never say never, I may ask for a dealer name or two when/if the time comes.

Thanks to everyone for the responses.
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[II was thinking of contacting a local dealership and have them go over the car for me and report back their findings before I fly down for the purchase.
][/I].

Car might be perfect but your making a toy investment and 23g is not a little amount . Would you buy a boat for that price without having it checked out.
Dealerships do inspections all the time and its one quick way to see if the car is in the shape you think it is and the cost is a lot cheaper than having a boat gone over. Just find the nearest dealer from the guy, call them and have it set up to have it looked at. Its that simple!!!!
Delivered hundreds of e bay cars and I wish I could tell you all of the new owners were happy with what arrived but I can't. Kinda hard to screw up a car like your getting but a dealership inspection would be money well spent and lord knows the peace of mind you'll get from it, and I've bought one in Fla, flew in and drove it back before.
For the record had a boat surveyed in Miami got there and it was junk, drove back to Jacksonville and bought another one I was looking at so fuel for thought,, peace of mind is a wonderful thing...
Two thumbs up on the pick of your toy to..
KNow a guy that has one with a turbo kit on it. Woke that car up...
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[II was thinking of contacting a local dealership and have them go over the car for me and report back their findings before I fly down for the purchase.
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KNow a guy that has one with a turbo kit on it. Woke that car up...

Thanks for the advice. The car even though it only has a V6 and 253 HP is a very light car all alum. body and maybe frame comes in around 2,800 lbs. does sub 6 second 0-60 times in real world driving.

I doubt I'll ever add a turbo but then you never know do you?
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Thanks for the advice. The car even though it only has a V6 and 253 HP is a very light car all alum. body and maybe frame comes in around 2,800 lbs. does sub 6 second 0-60 times in real world driving.

I doubt I'll ever add a turbo but then you never know do you?
Ya, speed kills. Never have figured out the attraction on going fast anyway...

Heck of a nice car your getting. Enjoy....
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Ya, speed kills. Never have figured out the attraction on going fast anyway...

Heck of a nice car your getting. Enjoy....
Says the man with an avitar in his posts consisting of a Dragster, a hopped up Saturn, a Vette w/supercharger and a CC with Twins!

Nice, very nice!
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Says the man with an avitar in his posts consisting of a Dragster, a hopped up Saturn, a Vette w/supercharger and a CC with Twins!

Nice, very nice!
I'm like your govn. Do as I say not as I do.
By the way,, they drive fantastic..
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I've heard from time to time about people buying a car and the title was a fake, anyway of protecting yourself against things like this?

A case I can recall is in NY State someone purchased and titled a car only to find out months later the title they filed with was no good and they lost the car and their money.

Not something I want to have happen to me.
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Originally Posted by liveaboard74 View Post
Ya, speed kills. Never have figured out the attraction on going fast anyway...

Heck of a nice car your getting. Enjoy....
There is a time and a place to go fast. Controlled environment while using proper safety gear and of course being knowledable of the unit and surroundings. I am pretty sure that is what was meant???

I own a major towing service serving 100 miles on an interstate and many two lane highways also. I have seen my share of 'speed kills' with the needless deaths and they were not pretty. The saddest ones were those that involved innocent victims.

It happens more than you guys thinks.
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I've heard from time to time about people buying a car and the title was a fake, anyway of protecting yourself against things like this?

A case I can recall is in NY State someone purchased and titled a car only to find out months later the title they filed with was no good and they lost the car and their money.

Not something I want to have happen to me.
You could request a vehicle title history from the state:
http://www.flhsmv.gov/data/past.html

You could request that the seller convert the clear paper title (no lien-holder) to an electronic title. That might cause a seller to back out if there is something fraudulent going on.
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