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Old 06-25-2016, 02:08 PM   #1
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I have found a car I'm pretty interested in, but the issue is it is 29hrs away. I am considering having the dealership do a pre-purchase inspection, and if I'm happy with how everything looks, having the car transported to me. It's cheaper than flying there and driving it back, and way less time consuming.

Anyone have anything to comment on the subject?
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Why don't you buy someone on the forum a bottle if their favourite to go look at it for you?
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Why don't you buy someone on the forum a bottle if their favourite to go look at it for you?
I did exactly this before I flew down to pick up my MB. But it was only a 6 hour drive back home :P
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Why don't you buy someone on the forum a bottle if their favourite to go look at it for you?
The thought has occurred to me. However, while a name or two has come to mind that are within 20min of the car, there isn't anyone on here I actually like, actively communicate with 1 on 1 that lives in the area. So I'd basically just be picking someone at random and asking them if they'd be down to go check out a car for me. Which seems kind of, idk.
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For buying a car remotely, I want:

1) a good (probably fairly long) conversation with the seller on the phone, to try to get a sense of what kind of person he/she is.

2) lots of photos, a couple dozen at least, a hundred would be better. Taken in decent light, when the car is clean & dry, with a camera that doesn't suck, both overall shots and detail shots of everything relevant.

3) a carfax, duh

4) a pre-purchase inspection by a shop specializing in the particular area I'm concerned about.

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My miata was 18hours away, I flew out really cheaply, got a local shop to verify my evaluation, shouldn't have bought it, because the seller didn't budge on price at all. I should have paid 5000 AT MOST.

I should have said see ya later, flew home, and waited for another vehicle to come up.

It is very difficult to have leverage in a negotiation when you are not close to home, and/or in person.

Good luck.
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My miata was 18hours away, I flew out really cheaply, got a local shop to verify my evaluation, shouldn't have bought it, because the seller didn't budge on price at all. I should have paid 5000 AT MOST.

I should have said see ya later, flew home, and waited for another vehicle to come up.

It is very difficult to have leverage in a negotiation when you are not close to home, and/or in person.

Good luck.
I would have had all negotiating done before I flew out there, though in this instance I'm not even considering flying out there. lol


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For buying a car remotely, I want:

1) a good (probably fairly long) conversation with the seller on the phone, to try to get a sense of what kind of person he/she is.

2) lots of photos, a couple dozen at least, a hundred would be better. Taken in decent light, when the car is clean & dry, with a camera that doesn't suck, both overall shots and detail shots of everything relevant.

3) a carfax, duh


4) a pre-purchase inspection by a shop specializing in the particular area I'm concerned about.

--Ian

Pretty much in line with my thoughts.
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I don't trust anyone to inspect cars for me. Because I am without a doubt the pickiest and most thorough/OCD person I've met and usually find 5x more things wrong with a car than even the pro's.

That said, it really depends on what kind of car we're talking about here.

Moar details?

Is it a rare sports car of sorts, or just a daily/family car?
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I believe it is a specific BMW.
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I don't trust anyone to inspect cars for me. Because I am without a doubt the pickiest and most thorough/OCD person I've met and usually find 5x more things wrong with a car than even the pro's.

That said, it really depends on what kind of car we're talking about here.

Moar details?

Is it a rare sports car of sorts, or just a daily/family car?
Daily, but I've had a bitch of a time finding exactly what I want.

2010, 335i, manual, sedan.

Guy had the turbos replaced 14k ago. (common factory issue to go wrong somewhere above 60-70k). HPFP was also replaced (another common issue).

Has sport+premium+iDrive+Logic7+xenon lights. 84k miles. New tires. All maintenance documented and done at the dealership.

It really ticks all the checkboxes and then some. Except for color, as it's Titanium silver. Not my favorite, but I think it still looks good.
And the fact it's across the country, and he wants a little more than I think it's worth, but I haven't gotten interested enough yet I've tried to talk him down yet. He's around 2k over kbb. But, he also seems to know he's got a rare setup and that a lot of people will probably pay a premium for it. These sedans in manual really are a pain to find.
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flew from Iceland to Germany to pick up a car and then drove it all the way back. But I had others lined up to check out in case the car wasn't as advertised.

and a manual 335i sounds sweet
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flew from Iceland to Germany to pick up a car and then drove it all the way back.
James Bond car that can cross ocean?
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James Bond car that can cross ocean?
naah, ferry. but my point is that if you intend on making a trip out of it at least have something else to check out so you don't feel compelled to either buy or jump ship since you made the trip
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naah, ferry. but my point is that if you intend on making a trip out of it at least have something else to check out so you don't feel compelled to either buy or jump ship since you made the trip
Yeah, I have 0 intentions of driving it back. I'm either going to buy it remotely, or not at all. If anything, I'd spend the $500 on a round trip ticket and: fly out, buy it, get it on the carrier, and fly back.

But I'd be much more likely just to do it via a lot of pictures and a bmw inspection.
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I'll fly out and drive it to you for the cost of gas and tickets.

Not even joking. Text me.
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Nice car, I like the 135i coupes better. My friend had one with the full dual intake, intercooler, tune, full exhaust, the rear end from an automatic car, race pads, He daily drove it with R comps.

That car was pretty fun in the dry, to say the least.
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Nice car, I like the 135i coupes better. My friend had one with the full dual intake, intercooler, tune, full exhaust, the rear end from an automatic car, race pads, He daily drove it with R comps.

That car was pretty fun in the dry, to say the least.
Yeah, but have you ridden in that back of one? lol. I already have a fun two seater, I want something fun and comfortable to drive to work every day and what not. I'm not even looking at cars that don't have 4 doors.
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^yeah, I don't have many friends, no kids, so I go for the coupes Just from a design standpoint, I like the 135i better. Not a family car though.
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I'll fly out and drive it to you for the cost of gas and tickets.
Plane tickets or speeding tickets?

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