Would you buy a second hand car online you hadn\'t seen in real life?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 5
438 posts
Helper bee

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
44595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Deejayelle:  Your friend is a very foolish consumer.

Post # 4
8588 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 6
5730 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY


Post # 7
16 posts

I am afraid of buying even a bag online let alone a car..

Post # 8
10457 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

No freaking way.

Post # 9
5374 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

Um no. Definitely not!

Post # 11
8588 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
7006 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
2299 posts
Buzzing bee

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.

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