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Old 07-29-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Has anyone had any experience with ebay motors??? im looking online, craigslist, and most of the jeeps for sale go through ebay motors??? ive never had experience with this so if anyone has advise or tips they are appriciated??




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Old 07-29-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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I buy alot off of Ebay but I would never purchase a vehicle without seeing/driving it 1st. I would stick to local sales.

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Old 07-29-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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according to the posting i have 7-10 days from arrival to try out and inspect the car and the shipping is free..... im really confused, most of the good jeeps are through ebay motors..... bummer
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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there was one cat on here that bought a used Jeep on ebay....think it was ebay, and it needed a lot of work done to it.

Man, anytime you buy a used vehicle, you are taking a chance. buying a used vehicle online is even riskier. you gotta go check it out, drive it around, crawl around under it, have someone else, maybe even two people, give it a check over in case you miss something.

this is especially true with Jeeps or any offroad vehicle.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:39 PM   #5
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thanks!!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:50 PM   #6
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There are trustworthy sellers on e-Bay. My brother bought a 09 Porsche Boxster S with under 3K miles for a song. Car was in Texas, guy had 3 others and received this one as a retirement gift (got to get one of those jobs) and just wanted to get rid of it. My brother flew down, met the guy and had the car transported for around $1500.

The KEY is to go look at it, drive it and check that it has a CLEAN TITLE. A CARFAX is cheap and a good what to get the history on the vehicle.

Good Luck!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:54 PM   #7
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I have bought 2 vehicles off eBay. In both instances I brought the money with me when I went to pick them up. If I wouldn't have been pleased, I had the option of walking away.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:01 PM   #8
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yeah,

in some cases they are on a military base and i cannot go see them.
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I have bought and sold several vehicles on eBay, with good experiences. BUT it's always been old school stuff, like a 1968 Datsun Roadster, 1986 Samurai or a 1960 CJ - so the expectation level is a bit lower, if you know what I mean.

Generally speaking, the costs of going to get a vehicle or having it shipped FAR outweigh any cost savings you might get from buying it out of state. Especially on a vehicle like a TJ that isn't rare.

Which means you're going to be looking locally, which means you get a chance to see it before you finalize, or before you bid. Before you bid is best, because if you win the bid, you should buy the vehicle, UNLESS the seller really flat out lied.

I like eBay a lot. Great way to find and sell some of the less-normal cars I own.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:19 PM   #10
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yeah,

in some cases they are on a military base and i cannot go see them.
If the seller says that there is some reason that you can't see the vehicle then it's most likely a scam!
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:39 PM   #11
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My personal experience, I recommend eBay motors to anyone.

Obviously, everyone can have a different experience. However, I found a Jeep I absolutely loved in FL (I live in PA). Talked to the guy several times on the phone, through his dealership. Super friendly, went over all the details, and everything I needed. I flew down to FL the next week, picked it up, drove home, and it's the best vehicle I've ever owned. Everything about it, is perfect.

My suggestion is this:
1) Look at their feedback rating, make sure it's very high, near 100%
2) Try and look for one from a dealer
3) Make them take custom shots of certain angles you want, just so that you know it's real
4) Talk on phone a lot. Anyone can e-mail without you knowing who you're talking to.
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yeah,

in some cases they are on a military base and i cannot go see them.
Why is that? As a civilian, you ARE allowed on to most military bases. Just show your ID at the gate and you shouldn't have any problems. They may ask you what you're doing there, but if you have a legitimate reason, they (the gate guards) should allow you on to the base. There are some exceptions, but most military bases will allow civilians to enter. There WILL be some places on every base that you aren't allowed (for abvious reasons).
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #13
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thank, those are too far, ill probably end up buying at dealership or local, i want to drive the car before buying and the whole shipping and flying, sounds like a giant headache, so if anyone knows of one for sale in SoCal, for a reasonable price, 2001-present, i'm looking. 4 door or 2 door, soft or hard top. definitely 4 wheel drive, prefer automatic

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