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      03-04-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Buying from a private seller remotely?

I found a couple of cars that I really like and would buy one of them right now if I know how to make sure everything goes fine and I get what I expect. But there is no way I am flying across the country to take a look at the car.

I am looking for a 2009 e90 M3, and buying such a new car from a dealer would be rather safe - I had friends who done that directly or via ebay without issues. But the cars I like are only available from private sellers. I have no idea how to go about buying a car unseen from a person. I mean, I do not need a testdrive to make up my mind - long past that. But what if the previous owner washed it with steel wool and parked by touch ? Also wiring a payment to a private person seems risky...

Does anyone buy cars remotely from private sellers? How? I'd appreciate if someone could point me to a how-to guide on that.
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      03-04-2010, 06:03 PM   #2
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get a local enthusiast to check out the car in person before you make the
expense of flying out to look it over yourself. what state/country is the car
located in?
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      03-04-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Good point about sending a local friend in. Too bad the car is in San Diego - I do not know anyone there and it is the furthest from me point in the US.
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      03-04-2010, 10:56 PM   #4
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there are a lot of cali guys on this forum post this up in the general section or
ask mods to move it. i have personally done this for others and have had others
do it for me, you would be surprised how much car guys are willing to do for
each other. gl
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      03-04-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
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I'll bet you could get a quality repair shop to check it out for you and give you a report. You should have any used car you buy inspected by a pro first anyway.
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I found a car I want at a dealer, and they said they do their own inspection and are ready to put the results of their inspection in writing plus offer 5 day money-back. They also have 100% positive feedback on ebay. Sounds like good enough for me, given that this dealer is closer, and will see the car the same day it is shipped (I am still too busy to drive/fly there).

Would it still be necessary to hire an independent inspector? The car is 7 months old and has 5K miles with clean carfax.
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I would be willing to help out SD is about an 45min drive for me and just an FYI I want to sell/take over lease on my E90 as well.
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I live in San Diego, PM me I might be able to go have a look at it and take pics for you.
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Thanks guys! The one I'm looking at right now is Washington DC, though - the one in SD did not pass wife-control.
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Do you mind sending me the info on that car, my GF's brother is looking for an M3, I'd like to forward him the listing.

GL with your purchase.

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Thanks guys! The one I'm looking at right now is Washington DC, though - the one in SD did not pass wife-control.
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