Jump to content

Buying a car blind


Recommended Posts

Seen a car I probably want to buy on Gumtree. Its over 150 miles away, so I cant realistically go and view it. If I buy it I would prefer to have it collected, either by  one of the transporter guys on AS or Shipley.

Problem with that is, I presumably have to do a bank transfer to the Gumtree seller (who has been selling for one month) without knowing them from Adam.

Im sure there is some safe way of doing this, but having never bought a car this way before I dont know what it is.

Any thoughts please ?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Its near Southampton. Ive asked the seller a few questions and waiting for a reply. If the replies are what I hope for,  I will definitely want to buy it. Just got to sort out safe payment / collection. Seller is new to Gumtree, so need to be careful when parting with money.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Bradders59 said:

Its near Southampton. Ive asked the seller a few questions and waiting for a reply. If the replies are what I hope for,  I will definitely want to buy it. Just got to sort out safe payment / collection. Seller is new to Gumtree, so need to be careful when parting with money.

 

Can't you pay correctly via PayPal for the guarantee rather than the friends and family way ? If the seller seems receptive then I'd say go for it. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Approx 10 miles east of the centre. More or less half way between Southampton and Fareham. Cost is just into four figures, which is a lot of money to me.

Due to work commitments, the earliest I could get down there would be next weekend. If I had a couple of nights off work next week (as I often do) I may well get a train down there, buy it and drive it back. Unfortunately I dont.

I have just had a reasonable price for transporting it, from an AS transporter, so if the seller answers my questions with the right answers and has Paypal, it should work out ok - famous last words. 🙄

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've done it twice, once with my old K70 and once with my current MX5. The former was a massively mis-decribed rotbox cleverly disguised with fibreglass which I never managed to get on the road, and the latter was an honest car at a good price that I've been enjoying for two years now.

 

So a 50% strike rate, both sub £1000. I'd do it again, actually phoning the seller goes a long way - you can get a feel for how honest they are by actually talking to them, I find.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Only if you are VERY sure.

I did a virtual WhatsApp viewing of my 75 in May and although it was ultimately delivered by the owner, I had seen it outside the same Rover specialist I was using 2 years previously. It had also been maintained in such a way that all the expected famous issues had been fixed, backed up by a bound stack of invoices, each in an individual poly-pocket.

Even although the seller phoned me enroute to say that the OSF caliper was binding, this is par for the course with 75s. 

After a quick chat I paid the full asking price.

So unless you know what to expect with that type of car I wouldn't suggest buying blind. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have bought most of my cars blind... some flops, some successes. I largely base my decision on how the advert is written. If it sounds innocent and honest, obviously that's the best case scenario. If it sounds like they don't know what they're on about (often elderly people), it could be anything but at least they're probably not hiding anything. Badly written adverts I find are often the best. A detailed and boasting advert is basically a no fly zone. It'll either be overpriced or just all fake news.

The payment I would never send anything in advance... I've only done that once ever to someone on here I recently bought a car off, and even then I was in two minds. However oddly I recently sold a car for almost a bag and it was all BACsed in advance. Luckily the buyer was just an innocent friendly man who presumably thought it'd be easier. Always cash if you're comfortable walking around with loads of notes, although BACS on the day is usually instantaneous with modern banking apps etc.

Recommendation in your situation: pay nothing in advance, either stuff your pockets with cash or ask the seller if he'd be happy with BACs on the day. Take the risk you might have to buy a return on the train... but it's better than losing a deposit if he does a runner.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Let's face it,  a lot of us get a bit excited and turn up to see a car but in our head we have already bought it and unless the floor has fallen out or the thing is on fire we are going to buy it whatever. 

It's just as much a blind buy as a car you haven't even seen. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve bought a couple of cars blind lately, the 900, green 2CV and the Nova were purchases where I’d not seen the car before purchase. 

With the Nova and 2CV I bought them off the strength of the phonecall with the seller, as much as the detailed pics. You can tell a bullshitter pretty quick from talking to them, and 2CV man was really genuine. Nova man was too, but I was much more nervous about that one.

The 900 was a proper punt... but thankfully all three were fine and paid off! 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...