In Nov. 7 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
A good place to find a classic car is on Ebay. I know there are a lot of buyers who are afraid to make that big of purchase and not see the product other than pictures.
I have bought a lot off ebay and have had great luck with the items just by checking things out before jumping into a purchase.
I always try to follow these rules when making a purchase on ebay. One very important thing to remember is once you found the car you think you want to buy, forget the car and start checking things out in the description.
Read every carefully and between the lines. Also, look at the back ground in the picture around the vehicle.
You can learn a lot from something that is not said or not written. If the car is listed as a fast car that throws up a red flag for me, was the car run hard and beat?
I stay away from listings where people are selling the car for a friend but leave no number for you to contact the friend to talk to him, or her about the vehicle that is for sale.
If the mileage is not listed in the box provided for that it always makes me wonder, why did they not list it. It is high mileage or just what was the reason for not listing it.
Let’s be honest, I don’t have all the answers to buying a car on ebay and getting a good one, but keeping in touch with the essentials is important.
If in doubt, or you have any question check them out completely! If you look at the picture and it looks as if there is oil or something under the car, ask about it!
Look at the condition of the car. Is it mud you see on the car or is it rust?
When considering buying a car on ebay you might want to try to remember these for questions. Why do I want this car? How much money do I really have to spend and can I afford it? How far do I want to travel to get the car and the expense in the trip to pick it up?
And what I feel is the most important thing to ask yourself is, Do I really know enough about the car to invest thousands of dollars into a car just cause it looks pretty in the picture.
Like I said earlier, once you see the car you want forget about how sharp it looks and you behind the wheel and start asking yourself about all of the things listed here in this article.
Another important thing to remember when buying a car you are planning to restore is” what is it going to take to put this car back into shape”.
What does it need? Are the parts easy to get? I know of some owners that have spent three years trying to find just one part to finish up the car. What will all this cost?
If you are looking for a car on ebay usually you have several days before the auction ends.
Take time to check on the things you need to restore the car, and just hawe hard is it to get the parts, and what the cost will be to get them. If the seller does not communicate well with you either by phone or email, stay away from that car.
Another thing that is really important it check the sellers feedback.
You can tell a lot about a person buy the feedback left for him. If they don’t have the time to talk to you about the car there must be a reason for that.
Take that as a red flag on buying the car.
Here are some simple rules to follow if you are considering buying a car on ebay.
#1) Know hat you want when you start looking.
#2) Don’t jump at the first car you see that you like. There are thousands of cars for sale out there everyday so be patient, if the car you would like is not listed there today it may be real soon.
#3) Check out the seller, read all his feedback for at least the last three months. Get to know the seller and find out why the car is being sold.
#4) Where is the car at? It may be the car you want but how far do you have to travel to get it and what will the trip cost.
#5) Does everything check out? Is it the correct interior for the car, do the numbers match?
#6) Can you afford to run it, insurance up keep etc. If you are asking yourself this question you should not be looking at that car.
#7) Will it fit in the garage or in the building where I am going to store it? That’s one mistake I almost made when I bought my 60 Chevy. It fits in the garage but the front bumper is right against the front wall and I only have about 2 inches to get the overhead door shut. Most classic car insurance companies require the car be kept inside.
Just take your time, ask questions, check things out well and you can usually get a pretty good deal on ebay. Till next time, Keep Cruisin’.
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I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display.