Post # 1
I friend of mine saw a car online that she liked, and arranged finance and bought it. She hadn’t actually seen or driven the car, and flew a long way to pick it up and drive it home the other day. She was telling me about the price of the car, and I asked what they were worth new – no idea. I also told her about how this type of car doesn’t come with a spare tyre, she wasn’t too fussed on that. I told her there’s been a lot of cases lately of car buyers having their cars repossessed because the original owners still had them under finance and didn’t pay them off, and she then discovered that the person selling the car still owed more than the asking price on the car! She still bought it. Seems like the biggest impulse buy with no research at all. When my parents bought second hand cars, in the days before the internet, they always test drove the cars and took it to their mechanic to check it out. They found on a few occasions that the car they were interested in had been in an accident, which meant they didn’t buy the car. I’ve bought 2 cars in my life, both have been new. I look up second hand cars I can’t afford new all the time, and notice a pattern – people always get rid of their cars when they’re due for major work (which makes sense, I was about to do the same a few months back when I figured the major work is still cheaper than a new car). Would you/have you bought a second hand car that you only saw and drove for the first time when picking it up?
Post # 5
Absolutely not. SO was recently looking for used cars, and he found a few that seemed good but when he got them inspected they were shit. I would never just buy a car without test driving it and getting it inspected!
Post # 3
Deejayelle: Your friend is a very foolish consumer.
Post # 4
The only way I would do this is I needed the body or a major part on it, and it would have to be on the CHEAP.
Otherwise, no. You can tell a lot about a car just from hearing it start up and listening to the engine, i’d never purchase a car without seeing it and expect it to run good. My brother is a certified mechanic [whom fixes my stuff for next to nothing] and I still wouldn’t take the chance.
ETA – Also, if the car was in an accident and the frame was bent, it can cause ALOT of problems. Did she at least get a carfax?
Post # 7
I am afraid of buying even a bag online let alone a car..
Post # 10
jenilynevette: I’m not sure what a carfax is, but I know she didn’t do anything beyond loving the car and calling the bank…
Post # 11
Deejayelle: A carfax shows infomation on cars, when it’s switched titles, if its been used by a rental company, been in an accident, mileage ect.
It’s probably not 100% accurate but its good for seeing if a vehicle was in an accident.
Post # 12
I have never bought one- but I sold one this way. Well, my ex husband did. Some guy in NC flew up and bought the car and drove it back down to where he lived. Now, to be fair, the guy was a mechanic by trade- so maybe he knew more than the avereage consumer, but I don’t know.
Post # 13
Deejayelle: No! But my cousin did. They drove it back a good 7+ hours. I guess that your drive home is your test drive, since i believe with 2nd hand cars you have a week to return them if it is a lemon. Don’t quote me on that.