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Old 04-19-2017, 05:20 PM   #1
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Buying from out of state!

If I want to buy one from a thousand miles away, any tips?
The guy sent me pics, carfax and definitely described in detail about the car for a long time so he seems legit. The title is bonded to an actual dealer too so that seems to be even more strongly legit. What else do I need to do?
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
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BTW, I'd be flying across the country, he'd be picking me up, and then I'd take a test drive to the bank. Getting a check and giving it to him if the test drive goes well. Just wondering what other steps I would need to take logistically as well.
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:52 PM   #3
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find out what it takes to register and sell a vehicle in that state.
find out what it takes to register an out of state vehicle in your state.
make sure all the paperwork is in order. (bill of sale, signed pink slip, etc.)
we also made sure that our insurance would cover us while driving home.
it would be good to have an independent mechanic do an inspection. it could be the best $100 you ever spent.
we flew to Georgia, and bought a vehicle that we had not seen in person (from a member of this forum), and drove it back to California and registered it here. mechanic checked it out (no issues) and it had no problem passing CA smog.
maybe we were lucky.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:39 AM   #4
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Need advice for buying from out of state PRIVATE PARTY

Here are topics I want to ask about:
  • He wants me to leave a deposit. How do I know he will show up?
  • He has the title of the car bonded with a dealer without his name on it. Is that fishy?
  • If anything goes wrong, what's your legal recourse once you have left?
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:27 PM   #5
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make sure that the title holder signs off on the title and the bill of sale. if anyone else receives money/funds, you may have lost them.
at some point the seller will have to earn your trust, and vice versa.
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