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Old 09-12-2012, 08:58 PM
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Question HELP, I am I crazy?

Hello All,

Yes, I'm new here. I'm not really a forum type guy but I have a quandary that I need help with, and yes it has to do with a Bimmer.

I found a BMW on craigslist. It's kind of a hard to find version so I'm really motivated (I WANT IT). But its about 1200 miles away. Here's my plan:

-Secure it with the owner with a down payment of some sort. (Thus far he seems trust worthy and is BMW guy (had two more, one of which look like a track car, in his driveway (in pictures sent))
-Fly down on a Friday or Saturday to see it/drive it in person.
-Pre-arrange to have a mechanic in the area do an inspection.
-And barring any major issues, buy the car and drive it back in two days. (if I can find a co-pilot I will, but it will ad to my costs)

I figure if it doesn't work out one way or another I'm only out a few hundred bucks in travel and time.

I accept the added cost of the trip.

Is this nuts? Should I wait until something closer comes up?(who knows how long that might be, I've already looked for sometime)


Help, I need someone to check my sanity.

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:43 AM
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Do not, under any circumstances send money to a craigslist seller without seeing the car in person and verifying the title is valid.

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I figure if it doesn't work out one way or another I'm only out a few hundred bucks in travel and time.
Plus the deposit plus the possibility the seller will try some identity theft scam.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:14 AM
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Do not, under any circumstances send money to a craigslist seller without seeing the car in person and verifying the title is valid.


Plus the deposit plus the possibility the seller will try some identity theft scam.
There's no way I would give him any info beyond what's already on the internet that would allow him to id theft me. And I'm confident with paypal or something similar that I could keep my deposit secure. But its still part of my plan that needs to be flushed out.

But you're right, I should get some ID on the title.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:38 AM
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It is a little crazy, but some cars can do that. I'd be concerned, however, not only that you may find the car is a phantom and you wind up 1,200 miles away from home facing people looking to relieve you of some money, but that even if everything is legitimate, you're about to drive 1,200 miles in an unfamiliar, used BMW.

If it were me, I would first locate a BMW dealer or independent shop that specializes in BMWs in the area, contact them and ask about doing an extremely thorough pre-purchase inspection. Tell them you will have the seller bring it in, but you will pay for it and both you and the seller will receive the report. Then call the seller, tell him/her you're arranging for an inspection billed to you and both will get the report. Ask for some times when the seller can take it to the shop. Then contact the shop and set up the time, etc. (Of course, be clear that the seller only gets the report. S/he does not get any of your billing or personal information).

I think an honest seller who has properly maintained, hard to find car--especially if an enthusiast version--will have no problems finding the time to do this for a buyer about to travel 1200 miles, doubly since you plan to drive the car back. If s/he refuses for any reason, then I'd pass, thank the seller for his/her time and end communication. If s/he agreed, then after receiving the report, I'd call and ask to talk to the mechanic to ask a few questions and get any clarifications. My final question would be something along the lines of would the mechanic recommend the car for someone in his/her own family? It's easier to see the response when asking the question in person, but the phone should give you a good idea, as well.

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:34 PM
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It is a little crazy, but some cars can do that. I'd be concerned, however, not only that you may find the car is a phantom and you wind up 1,200 miles away from home facing people looking to relieve you of some money, but that even if everything is legitimate, you're about to drive 1,200 miles in an unfamiliar, used BMW.

If it were me, I would first locate a BMW dealer or independent shop that specializes in BMWs in the area, contact them and ask about doing an extremely thorough pre-purchase inspection. Tell them you will have the seller bring it in, but you will pay for it and both you and the seller will receive the report. Then call the seller, tell him/her you're arranging for an inspection billed to you and both will get the report. Ask for some times when the seller can take it to the shop. Then contact the shop and set up the time, etc. (Of course, be clear that the seller only gets the report. S/he does not get any of your billing or personal information).

I think an honest seller who has properly maintained, hard to find car--especially if an enthusiast version--will have no problems finding the time to do this for a buyer about to travel 1200 miles, doubly since you plan to drive the car back. If s/he refuses for any reason, then I'd pass, thank the seller for his/her time and end communication. If s/he agreed, then after receiving the report, I'd call and ask to talk to the mechanic to ask a few questions and get any clarifications. My final question would be something along the lines of would the mechanic recommend the car for someone in his/her own family? It's easier to see the response when asking the question in person, but the phone should give you a good idea, as well.

As I originally stated in my plan, I did plan on taking it to a mechanic while I there. But your idea of arranging that beforehand makes more sense. I really appreciate your thoughts on this. It will be helpful.

I've let the owner know the beginning of the situation and am waiting hear and see if he's interested in working with me. So fingers crossed.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:57 PM
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I'd not pay more than $50-100 Via paypall to secure the car for a few days. That shows you are serious and real. No reason he can't hold the car for a few days and make up to $100.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:19 AM
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Oh, and while you're at it, tell us what kind of BMW it is, please.

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I found a BMW on craigslist. It's kind of a hard to find version so I'm really motivated (I WANT IT).
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