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Old 07-08-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
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Ok so I'm on the hunt for a miata. As before I found one that is really appealing, and wanted to get some input from you guys.

2000 White nb with 50k miles, power windows and a/c (a must). Its everything im looking for, the color, the low mileage, very nice.

now for the bad:
1) its 4 hours away from me (not so bad)
2) its been stolen and the soft top is cut, dr. seat/stereo/misc stuff missing (not TOO bad)...as well as "front left wheel damage"
3) the theft was reported to insurance, so it may or may not be salvage title (probably will be)..but the car was never in any accidents
he sent me some pics of it, they are really shitty pics, but from what you can see there is no damage on the car, the interior is very messy but nothing is messed up too bad. just needs lots of cleaning and a new stereo/seat...
all this for 4k
Called the guy, asked for vin so I can run it, he's going to be calling me back with it as well as more details on the car.

What do you guys think? thoughts/suggestions/comments anything will help
-Vlad
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Sounds like bullshit to me.
If the theft was reported, it will have a branded title, no questions about it, that is a fact. So, $4000 for a 2000 with branded title is a bit high, even if it has 50K.
I'd pay no more than $3500 for this based on how you describe it.
Get a Sparco/Momo/Kirky/Ultrashield along with a roll bar and 15x9 6ULs right away and save some money.
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....i was going to start at 2500 and see where it goes, but im thinking 3300 best offer? from the looks of it, needs a seat, stereo, and a top.
and he said he's pretty sure title is branded, he wasnt shady about it or anything. but carfax will tell all (or so I hope)....
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I think that whether or not it's worthwhile depends on what your plans are for it.

If you think you'll be selling it any time soon, a theft recovery/salvage title is a no-go.

If you're building a project car or track toy that you don't plan on selling and can verify that it's exactly as described (for example, that it hadn't been previously totaled in addition to being a theft recovery) then I think this car would be a decent place to start for $4k. Worth haggling, though, for sure.
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well my plans for it are to keep it for a good 1-2 years at the very least. we're buying a house and the subaru is being sold for a good down payment. If i get the miata I wont do anything crazy to it for 8-10 months at least. probably drop it, some wheels, and tiny little things like bushings and what not.

then after that I want to turbo it and take it to a few auto-x and drag raceway. so resell isnt a top priority but it will be in future.

hmm, so I should definitely haggle then....better brush up on my jew skills
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