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Old 02-10-2014, 02:51 AM   #21
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Read up on craiglist, auto trader, etc to see what similar vehicles are going for. If there is a huge price difference, be careful. You can also use the information when negotiating the final price.

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Old 02-10-2014, 03:05 AM   #22
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When you call a listing say "I'm calling about the vehicle you have for sale" don't mention the type or model, car or truck or where you saw the add or where it was parked. If the person asks which one, or doesn't seem sure what to say. Walk away. They might be flipping them. Make sure the title is in the sellers name.

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I've been looking at cars.com, cargurus and carmax. Carmax seems the most pricey, but they have a lot of cars on their site. Prices are crazy. I see the same year, make, model and similar mileage for one price and then half that price. Of course, both cars are "perfect".

And, yes, I think I've seen some flippers. Even accounting for people using a similar format for placing ads, some have tells that smack of being the same person. The same typos. The same broken attempts at scripting text. Seeing the same things in multiple ad's pictures. And it may not be a bad car, but, yeah, it's kinda sketchy to present it as "your car" when it's a flip car. Just come out say that. I don't care, so long as it's a good car.

And what some people call "restored". Draping the whole interior in cloth from Hobby Lobby, and using a box knife to cut the handle holes, is not a restoration.

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