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I'm curious if anybody else has purchased a car from far away. I'm interested in one that's about 3000 miles away, but I don't have any plans to be in that area to see it myself. Should I get a video, hire an independent local mechanic to the car to check it out, or what?

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What kind of car is it? Classic? Mustang?

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I made a west coast purchase from the east coast. I had the seller send me a VERY DETAILED video tape. This car was a convertible and the seller put it on a rack, sent close-up shots of the rockers, floors, etc. from the underside and detailed shots of the interior floors, and the rest. Luckily, it did not an engine or transmission so I didn't have to worry about that. Make it the seller's responsibility to sell you on the car. You can't have too much information.

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Maybe you can find one the guys from the Forum to take a look at it for you if they are in the area, at least you can get a idea what condition it is in.

Thanks.

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As Al Gore would say, "That's a risky scheme".

I was high bidder on an ebay 66 Tbird. Traveled 500 miles with trailer in tow only to find the car was grossly misrepresented.

At a minimum, I would request a whole roll of film's worth of snap shots and a video.

See if any VMFers are nearby. I know Charles checked out a fastback for a guy.

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I just helped my dad sell his 65 convert - i fielded the email questions and talked on the phone to guys all over the U.S. who were interested. I've been in there shoes looking for a car, was told by a seller that the car was "a driver in great condition" only to go and find a parts car or worse. So as a seller, I was brutally honest with guys who were seriously interested in the car - told them everything I possibly could. With the eventual buyer, I actually walked around the car while on the phone with him and told him of every defect that I would consider if I were a buyer. He eventually flew out to see (and buy) the car, and when he saw it, he said from our description he expected a car in worse condition - I couldn't have been happier. It may not be the best way to maximize the sale price, but when it comes to selling mustangs, I don't think that should be the goal. Dad asked for a fair price, not retail, not a bargain, and when the guy saw the car he was happy to pay for it. If your seller is willing to do that for you - and that's the tough part - you can trust what you're getting.

I think a video is another great idea - if its a good one.

Lots of good suggestions in these posts.

Good luck.

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Well kinda just went throught that.... trust me .... you can make pics look pretty good! And the seller can come across as a saint.... Call somebody in the local area.... Dealerships , Insurance appraiser etc. they may charge $100-200 bucks ... trust me.... money well spent! and a lot cheaper than airfare.
I'm over the being Pissy thing .... I just grin and shell out the money.... TRUST me .... have someone look at it!

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The advice to get a local VMFer to check it out for you is good advice. There's nothing like a knowledgeable eye....
I did buy a mustang long distance. It was a 65 fastback that went unsold on ebay. I contacted the seller to see if he'd take less. After lots of informational emails, pics, etc we arrived at a really attractive price. I flew from New Orleans to D.C. , and met the seller at the airport. The car was as promised, so we closed the deal and I drove 18 hours home without incident. I was a happy dude!
I sold the car about 6 months later at a nice profit, with no real additional investment added to it. In retrospect, the seller was a very honest guy, and I was extremely lucky.
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Steve: While a video is usually better than still photos, nothing substitutes for a set of knowledgable on-site eyeballs. It is best to look for yourself, but not always practical. As others have suggested, get another VMFer who lives nearby to inspect it and report. I got burnt for $4000 by taking the word (with still photos) of a 'classic car dealer' who knew he was selling me a rustbucket and lied.

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The car's a '79 Pace Car in Victoria, Canada: http://79indypace.stangnet.com/forsale.htm

Any volunteers?

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