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Old 08-29-2015, 04:45 PM
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I'm thinking about buying a truck on ebay and having it shipped to me. Has anyone ever done this before? If so, give me some tips
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I bought a 2 year old Mercedes S class back in 2005 and had it shipped to me. Drove the car 8 years. Worked out great
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Originally Posted by MayhemFT View Post
I'm thinking about buying a truck on ebay and having it shipped to me. Has anyone ever done this before? If so, give me some tips
I bougth a truck from a location who does it big time. The location was 2 towns over. I looked at it . Drove it. Had them do work that needed to be done. Worst buy I ever did in my life!
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I have bought two cars on E Bay both were a good experience.

The first car, I had a friend that lived near by go and inspect the car for me.

Second car was an antique 1953 MG, that was described as near mint. The seller was very experienced, had great feedback and made certain that I was clear about any little flaws that he thought the car had. Bought it without seeing it and could not be happier. I would buy a car from this dealer again without any concerns.

Check out the seller, especially their volume. If they are selling lots of cars on E Bay they have to be forthcoming with any defects in the car.

You can hire a local inspection mechanic to inspect the car and send you additional pictures.

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If you are shopping for a new car, it gives you more choices. Used, I would look for certified pre-owned. Or have the car checked over very carefully at a service center.

I bought a new Saab convertible (2003) for the wife. We had gm family discount which brought the dealer price to $38k or so from any dealer.

I found the same car on ebay from a Miami dealer for $31k. I flew down from NC and drove it back. It had 300 miles as dealer demo and never had any problems with the car. The dealer even came down on the price as I had air fare expenses. It never hurts to ask.

If new, call the dealer and talk to them in person.

Good luck!

PS - I bought another new car from Miami this year - leased thru evolution leasing - free delivery to my door and cheaper than any dealer leasing offers. A Lexus is 350 F sport no less.
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PPI is a must
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A good friend bought a Triumph TR-6 on E-bay. Car was in SoCal, and was shipped to him in D.C.. Deal went smooth, and car was nicer than described. Shipper was on time, and treated the car with kid gloves.
Used an escrow service with one of the big banks to exchange money for documents.

A clean painless process.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
PPI is a must
What's PPI
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Originally Posted by MayhemFT View Post
What's PPI
Pre Purchase Inspection ......
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I have bought two, one was an hour away a checked it out in person, the other from a reputable dealer in Texas. Both worked out great and saved some serious coin. Do your homework on the seller.

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Thanks for the info guys!
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I have purchased 2 cars from eBay but they were both local so I was able to check out the cars before I bought them. No problems.
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I bought a '02 7.3l F250 diesel with 150k 5 years ago from eBay for 13k. Truck had 4" exhaust,leveling kit,AFE filter and brand new 35" fierce attitude tires. It was four hours away. Called the seller the next morning and told him I want to take it to the local Ford dealer to check out the engine/tranny/transfer. I wasn't concerned with the little stuff like brakes and ball joints etc. sent the $500 deposit and drove down a few days later.

Truck now has 210k on it and was a great purchase. I did get the WTF did I just do feeling immediately after I found out I was the winning bidder.
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Bought a Cadillac DeVille up in Orlando over eBay. Drove up with cash in my pocket after I won the deal. Inspected it, test drove it, and drove it home. Had no problems with it and drove it for 5 years before I traded it in. Great car.
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I got ripped off by a seller Ultimate Motor sports with 100% rating. Have someone you trust check it out or walk. Once at your house the car is the only thing you have regardless of condition.
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Cliff notes: Lazy21, a member here saved me a bunch of money...if the truck had been shipped I'd been really screwed.
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I found the last 3 Tahoes on ebay, in Florida, so I was able to go in person to close deal.
Bought my 1992 Carrera in Los Angeles on ebay, $500 deposit, had a PPI done, wired the rest, waited 3 long weeks for the truck to get it to Joisey, kept it for 12 years, no regrets.
Bought several cranes, Travelifts, and forklifts. Usually hired someone off craigslist for $100 to go take 25 or so photos and do a 5 minute video of the machine going through its functions and a slow walk around. Best $100 I usually spend.
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I've purchased many cars on ebay with good results. My only stumble was when I didn't fly out to inspect before purchase. Seller overstated condition, as they often do. Still a good deal though.

Driving a new purchase home has always been a treat too.
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If you don't get it inspected, then it's a 50/50 gamble that it will be better or worse than you expected.

Do you like those odds?
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I have bought 9-10 and sold just as many. hitting about 80% on buying.

I always give myself plenty of room in the price for repairs if site unseen.
(Bought a CJ7 Jeep for $3500) and had shipped.

Otherwise I fly out and look at it. If the savings will not cover a plane ticket it is not a deal.

Some I have bought

Wrangler "Willy's Edition"
Lincoln LS 5-speed
F250 7.3 6-speed Lariat edition (still own)
E350 Diesel Van
CJ7 86 last year made
97 Wrangler (Junk engine smoked when cold )
98 Wrangler ( junk frame rusted into) Paypal Refunded part
H3 Hummer 5 speed (still own)
2 Lincoln Mark VIII

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