Monday, November 23, 2009

Buying a Car on eBay

Buying a car on eBay is no small venture. It's a careful process that you have to be dedicated to.

First, obviously, is deciding on what kind of car you want to purchase. Be it a 2009 Chevy Cobalt or a 1971 Yugo, you can find nearly any car you want if you're willing to search for it. Once you've narrowed your search down, pick out a car from the listings and read the description. Be wary of hot advertising terms that can lure you in. Now comes the harder parts of the search. If you've decided on one car that you think is right, do a background check on the car's VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. You want to make sure that the car isn't hot property, and isn't a lemon. When communicating with the seller, make sure any agreements or promises you get are in writing. Oral agreements, in a bad situation, simply turn into "he said, she said". Make sure you understand the terms of buying a car on eBay as well. Whenever you actually bid, you're entered into a contract, and most cars are sold with no promise of fixing minor or even major problems. Make sure you have the car inspected. If you live close enough to the seller, you could arrange to have it inspected yourself. However, to truly have it inspected right, have a certified mechanic take a look at it. They'll be able to know if anything is fishy. Finally, if you decide to bid on a car, after following all these steps, and win it, once it is shipped to it's destination, make sure you check the VIN. Make sure it matches the one you originally received. That way, you can know if you got taken for a ride, and can follow the steps necessary to take action.

Happy bidding!

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