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Old 06-06-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Input needed, delivery issue

A dealer and I have come to terms on a Rubicon X. I am in TX and he is in Kansas. He just so happens to be coming to Dallas next week, so we have set a time and place to finalize the deal, etc in Dallas then.
He tells me tonight that they will require payment in FULL before they set out for Dallas. I admit, I had expected to make a deposit, and then finalize payment after a visual inspection in Dallas. I don't want to be unreasonable, since he is bringing it to TX, but to me, it seems unusual. Has anyone ever faced anything similar? If my concerns are unfounded, please let me know. Thanks

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You and the Dealer each have you're own reason for your position. Call him explain your concern of "Buying upon visual inspection" just as you would do on his lot. The Dealer does not want to drive to Texas only to have you change your mind. Which of course makes perfect sense.
Talk to him and see if you guys can meet in the middle ground 1/2 down and you agree to purchase it if the vehicle is as he claims it to be. Tell him your concerns, he'll tell you his and figure out a solution that works for both of you. It's all about communication... He wants to sell a vehicle and you want to buy it you already have a mutual interest.
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You and the Dealer each have you're own reason for your position. Call him explain your concern of "Buying upon visual inspection" just as you would do on his lot. The Dealer does not want to drive to Texas only to have you change your mind. Which of course makes perfect sense.
Talk to him and see if you guys can meet in the middle ground 1/2 down and you agree to purchase it if the vehicle is as he claims it to be. Tell him your concerns, he'll tell you his and figure out a solution that works for both of you. It's all about communication... He wants to sell a vehicle and you want to buy it you already have a mutual interest.
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You and the Dealer each have you're own reason for your position. Call him explain your concern of "Buying upon visual inspection" just as you would do on his lot. The Dealer does not want to drive to Texas only to have you change your mind. Which of course makes perfect sense.
Talk to him and see if you guys can meet in the middle ground 1/2 down and you agree to purchase it if the vehicle is as he claims it to be. Tell him your concerns, he'll tell you his and figure out a solution that works for both of you. It's all about communication... He wants to sell a vehicle and you want to buy it you already have a mutual interest.
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I ship hundreds of cars per year all over the world and I will not release a car to a transport or let it leave the lot without full payment. If you are worried he isn't telling you something I suggest you hire an independent inspector like auto exam for 150.00 or so.. They will test drive the car visually inspect it, take pictures of everything from dings to scratches and send a full report. Many of my customers have used services like this and are always satisfied. Good luck
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Thanks for the replies. No doubt, we BOTH need protection. I fully acknowledge his position as well. If I pay this week in full, and heaven forbid, what if something happens to him on the way to TX? Or something minor to the jeep? (cracked windshield, rock chip, etc) Or, and my imagination may be running now, what if he doesn't show at all? Ive flown into Dallas with no ride home. Just want to hear what you guys would do.
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I myself would fly to Kanas and drive it home myself. That way if you get to the dealer and for some reason the deal goes south or changes all of a sudden you can just walk away.
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I myself would fly to Kanas and drive it home myself. That way if you get to the dealer and for some reason the deal goes south or changes all of a sudden you can just walk away.
Im exploring that option as well. Flights become an issue. Problematic, but not impossible
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your exact circumstances are precisely why escrow exists.

Both parties are mutually protected and either party retains the ability to withdraw.

Its a no-lose solution.
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Im exploring that option as well. Flights become an issue. Problematic, but not impossible
logistics that need to be worked out when buying it out of state.

I do have a question if anybody may know.
If the OP pays in full before hand and the driver on his way to Texas has a crash or a rock gets thrown up and breaks the windshield, I'm not sure but I don't think the dealer is going to foot that bill.
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Im exploring that option as well. Flights become an issue. Problematic, but not impossible
Rent a car and drive up?
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logistics that need to be worked out when buying it out of state.

I do have a question if anybody may know.
If the OP pays in full before hand and the driver on his way to Texas has a crash or a rock gets thrown up and breaks the windshield, I'm not sure but I don't think the dealer is going to foot that bill.
Exactly. I asked him that, and to his credit, he has done his best to reassure me they would "take care of it on our end". Something in writing, perhaps. Or, like the other poster suggested, escrow.
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I can get you in touch with the guy that transports all my cars. Having the jeep shipped on a truck limits chances of an accident and if any damage occurs on the truck they are on the hook for it. Most of the time a transport cost less than a flight and fuel to get back.
He is located in Kansas if that helps.
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I sold my almost brand new 2010 Grand Cherokee SRT8 to a guy in Columbia, South America.

I required $44K cash in my bank before I would allow it to be loaded on a transport.

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I can get you in touch with the guy that transports all my cars. Having the jeep shipped on a truck limits chances of an accident and if any damage occurs on the truck they are on the hook for it. Most of the time a transport cost less than a flight and fuel to get back.
He is located in Kansas if that helps.
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The real reason for a full payment is really this: Let's say he shows up...you like the Jeep and sign the rest of the paperwork. He pulls your copies...you now have copies and pink slip. The Jeep is now officially yours. And then you write him the check. He leaves, you leave. And he cashes the "rubber check" you just wrote him. That check bounces from here to Japan. You have your PINK slip the Jeep is yours. Now he has to chase you for a long time for your money.

Yes, the registration may never come to you because he's holding it hostage, but you look like the owner because you have the pink slip and the title with you because you are out of state and you have to go to your DMV to register it for your own state.
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A dealer and I have come to terms on a Rubicon X. I am in TX and he is in Kansas. He just so happens to be coming to Dallas next week, so we have set a time and place to finalize the deal, etc in Dallas then.
He tells me tonight that they will require payment in FULL before they set out for Dallas. I admit, I had expected to make a deposit, and then finalize payment after a visual inspection in Dallas. I don't want to be unreasonable, since he is bringing it to TX, but to me, it seems unusual. Has anyone ever faced anything similar? If my concerns are unfounded, please let me know. Thanks
I have a very similar issue. I'm in Turkey, and I'm buying a rubicon X I special ordered some time ago. I had to pay in full prior to delivery to a dealer where i plan on picking it up next week. This is my second car purchase this way...I'll share what I did for both buys!
1. Pay for the car. If it's a new car dealer, most I've dealt with are pretty honest. Insist on a receipt! Signed of course by them.

2. Request they sign a condition statement....sale is contingent on inspection with full refund if condition is other than described.

3. If they refuse, but you really are in love with that jeep, bite the bullet, go see it in person!

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