how to buy a used car far away

”I’ve always had vehicles that were different, that stood out, and I don’t want any vehicle that you can see running down the road every day,” said Brent Fisher, 27, a construction safety engineer who bought a 2002 Chevy Z71 truck this fall in Oklahoma City, a nine-hour drive from his home in Missouri.
When a buyer goes to his home state’s motor vehicles office for registration, it will be obvious from the bill of sale that no sales tax was paid, and state and local sales taxes will be assessed then, along with the usual title and registration fees.
Hutsko, the sales manager at the Mini dealer in Virginia Beach, finds himself selling long-distance even though he refuses to sell a car by fax and then ship it.
And Michael Fernandes, sales manager at Herb Chambers Porsche in Boston, said he avoided long-distance sales on top-of-the-line models because he would be unlikely to have a second crack at selling the car when the buyer was ready to trade it in.

Are they reluctant to answer your questions? Do they give evasive or generic answers? or do they seem to be forthright and willing? Do they volunteer to tell what’s wrong with their car, or only about the good things? Do they strike you as honest? I can usually tell within about three questions if I want to pursue the car further.
Worse case for him if you don’t follow through, is he has to get a duplicate title, but he has your $1000 in the bank to help ease his pain! Tell him you will then make arrangements to get the car collected by a trucking company, and when they come to pick the car up, they will be bring a ‘certified’ check for the balance of the price.
9) Nine times out of ten, when you nonchalantly call back in a couple of days, he realizes his phone hasn’t exactly been ‘ringing off the wall’, and your offer will probably look really good! Even if you have to raise your offer $500 to appease him, providing you’ve done your homework you should still be getting a great deal.
I know it sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people see a car, fall in with it, and start looking for one to buy without knowing the first thing about it! Get back issues of magazines with articles on the car, check the book stores and library for reference material, talk to owners at car shows call the car clubs.
The big Toyota dealership responded to this request by offering to have us test-drive the car for 24 hours — so we could drive it home, drive it out on errands that evening, then drive to our mechanic the next morning before driving it back to the dealership.
You don’t necessarily need to do the mechanic check on your test drive.
The usual test drive is around the dealership’s neighborhood, call it 5-10 miles max.
As for the basic question, two hours (30 minutes each way, 60 for a thorough inspection) is not excessive for a test drive.
If you’re planning on buying a vehicle out of state, you will need to have an understanding of car shipping prices so that you can find a good deal on having the vehicle delivered to you.
Other variables that need to be considered in calculating shipping costs are where the vehicle will be picked up and the amount of liability that the transport service will bear.
In some cases, companies that charge relatively low transport fees may require you to drive up to two or three hours to a rather distant terminal or shipping yard to retrieve your vehicle.
The most important factor that will be considered in calculating the shipping price of a new car or truck will be the distance the vehicle must be delivered.
You should know that depending on the type and size of the vehicle and the distance the vehicle must be transported, that shipping a car new car or truck will cost between $600 and $3000.
One element in determining how much the shipping cost for the vehicle will be is the type and actual size of the vehicle.
So, unless the amount of money you’re saving is at least this much, then shipping the vehicle from a faraway dealership is probably not really worth it.
The shipping company should contact you and inform you that the vehicle has been picked up.
Even if the vehicle is far away, the low pricing at CarsDirect will help largely offset any shipping expenses you may incur.
When shopping for new cars on, one of the best features is the ability of the dealer to include a link to the actual window sticker, so you can see exactly which options are included and what the price breakdown is – again, very helpful when you can’t see the car in person before buying.
But how do you make sure the car you want has the exact features and options you’re looking for? Thankfully, AutoTrader’s "Find Cars For Sale" has different filters to help you find just the right car.
Most new cars these days have 50-state certification, but if not, and you live in California or one of the other states that follow its pollution laws, then you need to be sure that the model you are buying is outfitted for California’s emissions requirements.
This is critical when comparing online prices because you want to be sure that any cars you are comparing are identically equipped, or if they aren’t you need to be able to see the exact differences and the price of those options so you can compare prices accurately.
I have seen far too many people purchase a used car that wasn’t not worth the money spent – or worse…shouldn’t be on the road at all.
Car shoppers who researched vehicles on the Internet were more likely than their offline counterparts to travel more than 30 miles to buy vehicles, according to a 2012 study of 67,742 buyers.
Conti, the Corvette salesman in Ohio, says 70 percent of his customers live in other states, even though he is more than 100 miles from the nearest border.
Jason Jager, who heads the industry relations group at Internet shopping site, says long-distance customers tend to be younger, more active on the Internet and more eager to write glowing reviews afterward.
Elizabeth Farrar, a doctor from Meridian, Miss., traveled more than 700 miles to pick up her 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 from a dealership in central Ohio.
A follow-up study released this month found that buyers traveled an average of 10 miles more to buy a car advertised below sticker price than they otherwise would have and that a 10 percent discount would induce more than half of buyers to go at least 30 miles.
AutoTrader found in a 2012 study that, although 45 percent of buyers lived within 10 miles of the dealership, 20 percent lived more than 30 miles away.
It noted that 23 percent of those who researched their purchases on the Internet were willing to travel more than 30 miles, compared with just 15 percent of those who made their decision entirely offline.
For vehicles between one and three years old, Internet shoppers now buy more than 40 miles from home on average.
"If a dealer is merchandising their vehicles well, pricing vehicles competitively and delivering on that promise, there’s really no end to the distance which car shoppers are willing to travel," Jager says.
With internet shopping, Carfax-type vehicle records and mobile inspection services, buying a car from far away has become reasonably safe.
If it is being shipped, consider a service like For about 1% of the transaction price, such outfits will verify to the shipper that you have paid and hold the funds.
But he spotted one in Houston advertised on eBay Motors, talked to Mercedes-Benz to verify its warranty and service records and bought the high-powered beauty with gull-wing doors for $240,000.
You would never buy a used car without kicking the tires, taking it for a spin, and looking for damage, right? Well, if you are looking for a hard-to-find model or you’re choosy about color and options, you might consider it.
Online buying lets you not only seek out hard-to-find cars but exploit regional price difference on certain vehicles.
One caveat about today’s used car market: Prices have risen so sharply that if you are looking at used cars two years old or less, check the price on a new car before buying.
Edmunds’ Phil Reed offers one caution: Colors don’t always reproduce accurately in internet photos, so if you’re choosy about the shade, you’re taking a risk by purchasing a car sight-unseen.
Edmunds’ Reed says that services like Aim Mobile Inspections are good at spotting potential trouble like damage to the frame in an accident.
But if shipping looks more feasible, auto transport companies that haul for manufacturers will sell single empty spots on their trucks.
CPO cars, trucks, and SUVs are an especially smart buy if you’re busy and don’t have the time it takes to shop for a safe, usually less-expensive vehicle from a private seller.
If buying from a car dealer, simply ask to see the mechanic’s inspection report on the vehicle you want to purchase.
When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I compiled a list of the most common mistakes my customers made when buying used cars.
You’ll pay a bit more for a certified pre-owned vehicle, but those benefits won’t diminish if you make a great deal on the selling price.
All you need to run a CarFax report is the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) which can be found on the dashboard, just below the windshield on the driver’s side or on the driver’s side door, just below the locking mechanism.
And if you decide to sell your new car a few years after you buy it, you’re going to lose a lot more money in the re-sale than if you had bought it used.
Before you make an offer, you need to inspect it to ensure you’re not buying a lemon.
By buying a car brand new, you’re basically paying 30% more than you need to. will not only give you the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for a vehicle, they’ll also check what others have paid for that particular car and give you an almost real time market price for it.
The salesman can present a good upfront price but take you to the cleaners on the back end with bogus fees and extras charges.
But when there is a lot of foot traffic at the dealership, two things happen: The service isn’t great and the price of the cars stays high.
The Finance and Insurance Room (F&I for short) is where the dealership tries to sweeten the deal for itself.
To find a dealership that knows how to treat shoppers right, please visit’s Dealer Ratings and Reviews.
Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you have to be an easy mark for some slick salesman when you head to the dealership.
So when he says, "Do we have a deal here?" and extends his hand, here’s what you do: Look down at your notes and ask, "What’s my out-the-door cost?" The salesman should then give you a breakdown of fees.
So, when you sit down to negotiate, the first thing they’re likely to ask is, "What do you want your monthly payment to be?" The way to avoid having to answer this question is to get preapproved financing.
Hint: If you’re only on the test-drive and the salesman is already asking you to make an offer, chances are he will only turn up the pressure as the deal progresses.
Once you find the right price and make a deal, you can always ask to have the car delivered to your home or office, where you sign the contract and take possession of your new wheels.
Why not just leave the car lot if you’re getting a bad vibe? The last thing you need is some car salesman coming on like he’s giving you fatherly advice.
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Either that or he will tell you that the dealership charges for the car, the sales tax and registry fees.
The last thing you want is a "friend" who will back the sales team and tell you to buy something you don’t want.
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the 2 dealerships in atlanta could not locate the exact i wanted (they said there were only 7 cars on the east coast that matched my color choice) anyway, i made offers to these other dealers via email including the shipping costs.
i bought my previous lexus at hennessy lexus but had all my service done at nalley lexus in atlanta.
I have heard people talk about how they got a deal on a Lexus from a remote dealer (sometimes on the other side of the country.
My local Lexus service doesn’t care where I purchas my Lexus because they want repeat customer.
What I would do is call your local dealer’s service department and ask if they have a mechanic on staff trained to service the FEH/MMH.
Luckily I havne’t needed service yet, but have had the oil changed at 2 different local Ford dealers.
Just call some of the local Ford dealers and ask if they can do Hybrid service.
Warranty service is paid for by the auto company (Ford), not the dealer, so you can get warranty service at ANY dealer in the US, and they are very happy to get it since they make a profit from warranty service.
In my case, I’m looking at a MMH, but the only Mercury dealer is 30+ miles away, and there are 3 or 4 plain old Ford dealers within that 30 mile drive.
Ford and Mercury dealers gladly service each other’s vehicles.
Any F/L/M dealer that sells Hybrids is supposed to have a specially trained hybrid mechanic on staff.
It’s good to ask “How long has the car been registered in your name?” Also, if the seller keeps reiterating the same three or four positive points about the car and not really answering specific questions, they do selling for a living.
You can find a great car at a variety of sources: private, owner, independent used car dealer, used car superstores, new car dealer; even a “buy here / pay here” lot might stock a great vehicle or two (credit the of averages).
The car looked sketchy, high miles, two tone paint but I found out that the previous owner loved the car, husband sold it because he broke his foot and couldn’t deal with the manual tranny and all the shifting, car was well maintained, all highway miles, factory paint job.
The car looked sketchy, high miles, two town paint but I found out that the previous owner loved the car, husband sold it because he broke his foot and couldn’t deal with the manual tranny and all the shifting, car was well maintained, all highway miles.
If you’re looking at a private sale vehicle and you’re on friendly terms with a local dealer stop by when it’s slow and ask him to print one for you.
I’ve never been refused on this, and if a dealer doesn’t have a subscription you probably don’t want to be buying his cars anyway.
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 Buying a used car from a distance – – At one time i’d have thought a good main dealer would be the place to go, after travelling to nth London to view a Toyota approved used Landcruiser and finding disturbing faults on a 3 year old 23K miler Amazon ended that cosy notion forever.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Fenlander Tyro I’d say buying at a distance from a main dealer is pretty safe but under no circumstances would I ever buy from an independent garage so far away… their ideas of what’s acceptable vary so much.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Boxsterboy If it’s a franchised dealer, any problems *should* be easily remedied, and buying at distance (deposit on card over the phone, balance on collection if everything is OK) but I wouldn’t buy from an independant wihtout seeing the car first.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Zero Some dealer groups will ship a used car to the nearest branch for you to look at if you are a serious buyer.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro p.p.s. The Citroen approved website, and their dealers, have a very annoying habit of not saying anything whatsoever about modutops and sunroofs in their car details.
 Buying a used car from a distance – NickinNZ With used cars, it’s usually worthwhile to eyeball the seller/dealer and get a sense of their integrity, should you ever need to go back with an after-sales issue.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro I’m up for a gallon or two of diesel so my (wobbly) circle would be Stamford, Wisbech, Ely, Nth Cambridge, Biggleswade, Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Espada III I have bought three cars remotely.
 Buying a used car from a distance – L’escargot >> …All cars are the same and they all work.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Cliff Pope It seems to me that if you don’t know what you are looking for, there is no point in going through the motions of pretending to look for it.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro Thanks, gentlemen, for yet more sage and helpful advice, which I have taken on board, and will continue to mull over.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro Espada, many thanks for your contributions – both on the Forester, and on the experience of distance buying.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Iffy …All cars are the same and they all work.
 Buying a used car from a distance – wilco You can do a lot by email – ask lots of factual questions – to which you can get factual answers, as opposed to a general "it’s in great condition".
 Buying a used car from a distance – movilogo Although I’d always recommend buying used car only after taking test drive, I do understand your problem.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro Thanks very much for those comments – very helpful.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Iffy …It would be better if you could work out how to reply to the correct post.
 Buying a used car from a distance – FotheringtonTomas It would be better if you could work out how to reply to the correct post.
 Buying a used car from a distance – Fenlander I’m worried now you have given two specific examples of what might interest you.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro By the way, I have not really told you much about my thinking at this stage, so here is some explanation.
 Buying a used car from a distance – L’escargot >> So does an independent inspection.
 Buying a used car from a distance – tyro Thanks for all replies so far.
The one time I bought a car sight unseen (the 71), I got very burned! There is no substitute for personal inspection, "very little rust, nothing to worry about" is usually "needs new longitudinals"; one person’s "9" paint is another’s "7" and "the Webers just need to be tuned, I haven’t had time to do it" is well… expensive.
"If it everything is as i expect i will pay you for the CAR AND PLANE TICKET, if it’s not, you bought me a round trip and i go home." Serious sellers with good cars have nothing to hide and therefor nothing to fear.
Option #3: Tell seller, after looking at pics, receipt copies and brain picking, and tell him "if you are confident that this car is 100% of what you say it is, then i will photo copy a cashiers check made out to you, and have the bank verify it’s real." (Showing a cashier check made to seller SHOWS HIM YOU REALLY HAVE THE $$ and are serious.
Do you guys have any suggestions or tricks that you have learned from dealing with people far and away? I’ve of course shipped cars to people sight unseen, but I can’t imagine buying a car without looking at it first.
I’ve bought 2 cars in the Bay Area and drove them back to Boston but am fortunate to always be there on business, so it’s always been personal inspection.
I checked seller’s reputation and found a good PPI shop through people in the area.
GOOD LUCK!! I always wanted a 308…there is one in Denver with 31,000 miles, MINT (i have seen it, not even a rock chip but might be sold by now Call Ferrari of Denver) for $29k.
Talk extensively to the person who is going to do the PPI, and make sure that they know cars as well as you do, and that they are particularly knowledgable about this particular model Ferrari.
The lot I work with to consign cars just bought an ’89 Carrera Cab from Illinois, sight unseen for $11K.
if you need help finding out who may be a reliable source of ferrari mechanical advice in the area, email me ( i have a contact in the ferrari business who might be able to give me (you) some garages who would do a PPI.
It may have been just dumb luck like the rest of my life (the good Lord looks after fools etc.). The Cobra community is a small one and someone local on the forum will always know the guys car and some history.
In my experience, out of state dealers spoken to my telephone were much easier to negotiate with than my local dealers, probably because the NY dealer thought I was more captive to him because he’s nearer to home (though maybe also that’s a NY attitude at work!).
The car I am considering is a 2010 Turbo w/ 3k miles with an asking price of $154k, there is actually a brand new 2011 at a local dealer for $150k.
I called Princeton and agreed on the price (after a few days going back and forth), flew to CT dealer to inspect the car, wired the money the same afternoon, and had the car delivered to me in 4 days.
I am looking to see anyone who’s had experience buying from another Porsche dealer a few hundred miles from home.
Before I finalized my purchase with Princeton, I even called and made an offer for a comparable car at my local dealer, just because I want the dealer-customer relationship (for service).
Tell the SoCal dealer you are not coming in unless you first have an agreed upon price.
I completely agree that you will find things in person or maybe on a test drive that the dealer won’t mention.

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