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Old 09-09-2015, 10:50 PM
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I saw a car I like and wondered if it is totally off the wall to ask the seller to let me take the car to my mechanic. Is that an appropriate request?
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Depending on how far your mechanic is and how much the car is, that is not an unreasonable request. If the seller wants to sell the car, and has nothing to hide, they should have no problems bringing it to your mechanic.
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You advised the seller that you want an independent mechanic to inspect the car at your cost. Assuming your mechanic isn't an unreasonable distance, the seller should take it to your mechanic. If it is too far, find one near the seller, and again, the seller should take it.

If the seller refuses to work with you on an independent inspection, walk away.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:51 AM
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Bought a car a couple of months ago off of Craigs. Told the owner I wanted my mechanic to look at it (around 40 minutes away each way). He asked for reasonable compensation for his time and expense to get it over there. All made sense to me and sale worked out well.
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Yes, no different than if you had driven by it on the side of the road with a For Sale sign on it.
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Bring it to the dealer... Gotta be one closer (if the distance is too great between both of you)
Pay them the 1hour diagnostic charge and get a full report.
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I saw a car I like and wondered if it is totally off the wall to ask the seller to let me take the car to my mechanic. Is that an appropriate request?
What kind of car is it? How much is it?

I used to buy or sell about 1 car a year. I've never asked to take a car to a mechanic although I probably would if the car were something "unusual." Usually I'll bring a flashlight, some diagnostic tools if I've got em, and I expect to spend 15 mins going over the car if I like it. Otherwise the uncertainty of a private party sale should have the questions about condition baked into the price.

I had two people ask me to take cars to mechanics. One I said yes, and we tentatively agreed on a price, but then took the girl so long to actually find a mechanic that I sold the car before she ever came up with a place to take it. The other, the guy and his mechanic went for a 20 minute joy ride, I must have wasted 2 hours of my day overall dealing with it... and then the mechanic missed all of the obvious problems and proceeded to beat me up over 2 or 3 trivial things to the tune of $1000ish off the price.

As a seller, you'd have to make it very, very convenient for me to agree to it again - and I might insist that it go to MY mechanic, not yours.

Oddly enough, I would be more inclined to let you take a car I thought had some "issues" to a mechanic than one that I thought was pristine.
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What kind of car is it? How much is it?


As a seller, you'd have to make it very, very convenient for me to agree to it again - and I might insist that it go to MY mechanic, not yours.
Obviously as a seller it is your choice to go to a mechanic or not, and which mechanic.

But as a seller, if I was going to ask to have it checked out (and I agree, it shouldn't always be necessary if the uncertainty is baked into the price) taking it to your mechanic would not give me that warm and fuzzy feeling that I am looking for.
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I always get stuff checked out before I buy. I will say I have never learned anything shocking. I like to look at a vehicle at someones home if possible. I can pull in the driveway and tell what a mechanic is going to find. If a mechanic gave me bad news, I knew it was coming.
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Craigslist car? Might as well swing by the Sheriff's office and ask the K-9 unit to have a dog do a walk around. Once you buy it, whatever is in it is YOURS
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When buying from an owner, I usually get the VIN off of the car and run it through carfax. And whatever brand's local dealer, for example... Ford OASIS.

When I'm selling a car, I'm fine with someone bringing their mechanic to me. But wont let my car go anywhere without me in it. Add to that.... nothing beyond a diagnostic tool is touching my vehicle.

About to put my Excursion up for sale. And will put it on CL for sure.
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I sold a truck on Craigslist last month, 4 lookers and no one asked to have a mechanic look at it. I let 3 drive it, rose with one, let one circle the block, and held one's wife, kid, and Infinity as collateral. It was fully insured. I would have gladly met them at a near by mechanic to inspect, but was not going to let a mechanic evaluation lower my bottom dollar price. Sold as is where is.
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.. nothing beyond a diagnostic tool is touching my vehicle

When a customer of mine wants me to check a car before buying it I pull one front and one rear tire to check brake wear. Also need to have car on a lift to look for leaks. The last truck I bought from Craigs list I just looked at it in the sellers yard and drove around the block with him. Best truck I have ever owned and have had it for 2 years now.
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I buy/sell used cars somewhat as a hobby. If you're somewhat mechanically inclined, no reason to take it to a mechanic.

Check that:

Drives good. Get it up to 70mph.
All Stuff works. Power windows, seats, etc
Tires - good tread in the middle, no dry rot, worn evenly.
Obvious, evaluate condition of interior/exterior

More mechanical stuff..
Verify maintenance done if possible. Especially timing belts on those cars that need them. I will knock value big time if it needs a timing belt done, thats a 700-1000$ job

Try to get info on diff fluid changes and trans fluid changes. Very often overlooked. I won't knock value for these, but like to know if i need to do them or not.

Brakes - if you can see the pads without removing wheels. Brakes are cheap anyway so I don't care that much about these.

Check condition of fluids and check for leaks. You're looking for milky oil, trans fluid should be a nice red. Smell the trans fluid, if the trans is on its way out, it will smell burned. Check the serpentine belt.

On cars where you cant stick your head under there and look for leaks, find the place where its usually parked and see if any oil stains on the asphalt.
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Originally Posted by Bluefishing View Post
I saw a car I like and wondered if it is totally off the wall to ask the seller to let me take the car to my mechanic. Is that an appropriate request?
To answer your question, yes that is perfectly reasonable. Just beware that many mechanics will come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done, you need to sort out the superfluous stuff from real problems.

I would try and negotiate the value down on the car for the following:

Brakes
Something leaking
Torn Boots on suspension or CV's
Worn balljoints or steering
Water pump weeping
Exhaust or Catalytic Converter problems

Depending on the part that needs to be replaced, you might consider meeting the seller halfway on the cost of repairs. Reason being - stuff wears out and anything you are replacing is now new and does not need to be touched for another 100-200k miles etc..
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I bought my Tundra on craigslist a few years ago. We met at the local Toyota dealership and I payed for a full inspection. Seller was happy to oblige and all came back clean so I bought it. Had Zero problems with it since. The $75 for inspection was well worth it for the piece of mind and I dont think asking for an inspection is at all an unreasonable request of the seller.
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Originally Posted by Capt.Bryan K View Post
I bought my Tundra on craigslist a few years ago. We met at the local Toyota dealership and I payed for a full inspection. Seller was happy to oblige and all came back clean so I bought it. Had Zero problems with it since. The $75 for inspection was well worth it for the piece of mind and I dont think asking for an inspection is at all an unreasonable request of the seller.
Hey its some CYA for the seller too. Some buyers are ridiculous. I had a guy who bought my 1992 Saab for $2k. I spent hours on the phone with him prior to and after the purchase, he was nice and I didn't mind helping him out with questions (what oil to put in it, stuff like that).

Well he calls me 2 months after he bought it and he's all pissed off. He is in Nevada in the desert and it overheated. Apparently this is my fault because I told him it never overheated. I hung up on him and never answered another call.
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Guys, awesome responses. This will help a lot if I decide to go forward with this.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:56 PM
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Look at this beauty. talk about a barn find
http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/cto/5225375261.html

Just saw it scanning though craigs list
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