A SIMPLE GUIDE TO BUYING A CAR OF EBAY SAVE TIME & CASH

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BUYING A NEW CAR IS AN EXCITING TIME HOWEVER THERE ARE A LOT OF PITFALLS AND PEOPLE HAPPY TO CON YOU OUT OF YOUR HARD EARNED CASH

AS I AM IN THE MOTOR TRADE I CAN ONLY REALLY ADVISE YOU ON BUYING CARS HOWEVER THE PRINCIPAL WOULD APPLY TO MOST ITEMS

FOLLOWING THESE FEW SIMPLE STEPS COULD SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY!!

  1. NEVER BUY A VEHICLE WITHOUT A LOGBOOK. WALK AWAY. I HAVE HEARD SOME HORROR STORIES DONT LET YOUR EXPERIENCE BE ONE OF THEM!!

  2. ALWAYS ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ITEM YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE BUYING BEFORE YOU START BIDDING!!

  3. IF A VEHICLE HAS LESS THAN 3 MONTHS MOT ASK THE SELLER IF THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO HAVE THE CAR MOT'D. TO CORRECT AN MOT FAILURE COULD BE EXPENSIVE.

  4. IN THE EVENT OF A CAR BEING SOLD AS AN MOT FAILURE, ASK THE SELLER TO SPECIFY THE LIST OF FAILURES, THEN GIVE YOUR LOCAL GARAGE A RING AND ASK THEM TO GIVE YOU A QUOTE FOR THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE CARRIED OUT. THIS WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEA OF THE COSTS INVOLVED IN GETTING THE VEHICLE THROUGH ITS MOT, IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY IN THE LONG RUN, NO POINT IN BIDDING ON A VEHICLE THAT IS GOING TO BE TO COSTLY TO PUT BACK ON THE ROAD.

  5. KEEP COPIES OF ALL EMAILS SENT AND RECIEVED BETWEEN YOU AND THE SELLER. THEY WILL COME IN HANDY IF A DISPUTE OR CONFLICT ARRISE'S OVER THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM OR ANY PROMISES THE SELLER MAKES YOU!! 

  6. IS THE SELLER A TRADER OR PRIVATE SELLER? THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO BUY JUNK FROM CAR AUCTIONS AND THEN SIMPLY TRY TO PASS THEM OFF AS THEIR OWN VEHICLES FOR A QUICK PROFIT.

  7. IF THE SELLER IS A TRADER PASSING THEMSELVES OFF AS A PRIVATE SELLER AND THEY ARE WILLING TO LIE ABOUT THEIR STATUS WHAT ELSE ARE THEY WILLING TO LIE ABOUT!!

  8. QUESTIONS TO ASK?

  9. IF THE VEHICLE IS BEING SOLD BY A PRIVATE SELLER, ASK THEM HOW LONG THEY OWNED THE VEHICLE FOR? IS THE LOGBOOK REGISTERED IN THEIR NAME AND AT THEIR HOME ADDRESS? IF IT IS A GENUINE PRIVATE SALE, THEN THE ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS SHOULD BE YES!! IF THE ANSWER IS NO TO ANY OF THE ABOVE WALK AWAY

             A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE EXCUSES USUALLY GIVEN BY BOGUS PRIVATE SELLERS FOR NOT HAVING THE VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THEIR NAME . 

  1. I BOUGHT THE CAR FOR WIFE/HUSBAND OR FAMILY MEMBER AND THEY DONT LIKE IT!!

  2. INSURANCE TO HIGH. PEOPLE WILL USUALLY ALWAYS GET A INSURANCE QUOTE BEFORE BUYING A CAR

  3. WIFE/HUSBAND DID NOT LIKE THE CAR OR TO BIG OR TO FAST OR THEY FAILED THEIR DRIVING TEST

  4. I BOUGHT THE CAR AS A STOP GAP

RING ANY BELLS? IM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD AT LEAST ONE OF THE ABOVE

    REMEMBER IT IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER A VEHICLE IN YOUR NAME REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG YOU INTEND ON KEEPING THE CAR 

A TRADER SHOULD AND WILL DISCLOSE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE A TRADER, REMEMBER IF YOU BUY THROUGH THE TRADE THEY HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO RECTIFY ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE CAR

ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE SELLERS FEEDBACK, THIS WILL GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA OF HONESTY AND ALSO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN BUYING AND SELLING. IF SOMEONE HAS GONE PRIVATE WITH THEIR FEEDBACK THEN I WOULD AIR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION. WHY HAVE THEY HID THEIR FEEDBACK PROFILE? WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE AND WHY? 

BEFORE YOU GO TO COLLECT THE CAR, PRINT OUT THE ITEM PAGE AND TAKE IT WITH YOU. IF THE SELLER HAS MIS DESCRIBED THE ITEM IN ANYWAY, YOU WILL HAVE THE PROOF IN YOUR HANDS TO ARGUE YOUR CASE.

IF BUYING FROM A PRIVATE SELLER, ALWAYS MEET THE SELLER AT THEIR HOME ADDRESS WHICH SHOULD MATCH THE ADDRESS THE CAR IS REGISTERED AT. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM AT LEAST YOU WILL HAVE AN ADDRESS TO GO BACK TO.

WHEN YOU GO TO COLLECT THE VEHICLE AND YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE VEHICLE OR THE SELLER WALK AWAY. NEVER PART WITH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. ONCE YOU HAVE HANDED YOUR MONEY OVER, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IT BACK!!

WHATS THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU WALK AWAY? THE SELLER WILL GIVE YOU NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. ITS BETTER TO HAVE ONE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK THAN A CAR WHICH IS GOING TO CAUSE YOU LOTS OF PROBLEMS AND COST YOU TIME AND MONEY. BESIDES YOU CAN ALWAYS ARGUE YOUR CASE WITH EBAY AND GET THE FEEDBACK COMMENT REMOVED.

AS A WINNING BIDDER YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION, HOWEVER THE SELLER  HAS A GREATER OBLIGATION TO BE HONEST ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THE ITEM THEY ARE SELLING.

REMEMBER THE BASIC RULES APPLY EVEN IF YOU ARE BUYING FROM A TRADER OR PRIVATE SELLER

IF SOMETHING SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN IT USUALLY IS!!!

I HOPE THAT THE ABOVE INFORMATION HELPS YOU  

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