Why would a west-coast guy want to go all the way across the country to buy a car ???... buying a car out of state (across the country, actually).
... Is it ok to trust the seller if you've had lots of communication?
What year are you looking for?need advice about buying a car out of state (across the country, actually). I would hate to buy a car without seeing it... what do most guys do when buying cars like this? Is it ok to trust the seller if you've had lots of communication?
I agree with what others have said. Please look at all the responses you've gotten. There is not one who has said this is a good idea. You asked, we have spoken. The odds are definately against you in this type of purchase, it's more likely than not you will get burned.need advice about buying a car out of state (across the country, actually). I would hate to buy a car without seeing it... what do most guys do when buying cars like this? Is it ok to trust the seller if you've had lots of communication?
Both very good points. It happened to me more times than I care to remember.camarodude67 said:By the time I get a plane ticket or whatever, car is sold end of story....
I mean, I go see a car locally that is a pile of junk and there are 10 guys lined up
Remember that when it comes to classic cars..a lot the times the ones that are in the east did not often spend their normal (when used as a daily driver) life here. For example, while both my Camaro and Firebird both now reside in snow belt NY..one spent almost its entire life in CA (couple years in SC) and the other in Texas. And of course have never seen an upstate NY winter or any form of salt.Why would a west-coast guy want to go all the way across the country to buy a car ???
Is this a 1-of-? special or something?
Is the price fantastic ?
Is it the model your dad had ?
There has to be a reason ...
Most us west-coasters don't even think of the evils of the rust monsters that inhabit most older eastern dwelling vehicles - mof, we wouldn't even have a clue where to look some of the time
If it's a vehicle you just can't pass-up, then arrange to have one of the team members inspect it first if it can be arranged for a small fee, and/or arrange to meet-up with them to go with you to see it, so they can give a independent review of it's condition.
There are also professionals that will do this for a minor fee, when compared to the cost of a collector car, and issue a full report to you an condition and repairs needed if any.
It is never okay to trust a seller in this day-and-age - unless you have done business with them or have information from someone who has and can verify their actions.
Just look at all the threads for major rip-offs of members when doing business 'long-distance' - the stories of these things going wrong are legend, the good outcome ones are scarce ...
You can Trust - but Verify with a visit before money changes hands :yes:
You live in the land of 'rust-free' California raised classics - there are usually very desirable cars close enough to go look at in person available right nearby in nearly all my past hunts :yes:
As always JMHO's