I got lucky buying one of my cars that I spent two years looking for. Finally found her halfway across the country in TX, listed on Ebay. Owned by a retired couple, the car was the wife's occasional driver to her post-retirement keep-busy weekend job and taking the grandkids to the lake when they visited. Other than that, the car was 10 years old and had only 47K on the clock. Photos showed a perfect, like new car. All the reports I ran were clean and I was even able to talk to the owners on the phone and ask all the questions and get answers. Basically, everything felt right, so I decided I'm going to win the auction, no matter what. I wanted the car and would win her, period. Went into a bidding war with the others and won the Ebay auction in the last 20 seconds by coming over the top with an outrageously high bid that I knew the other bidders wouldn't expect and couldn't match fast enough in the last few seconds. In other words, I bought the car, sight unseen. FedEx'd the cashier's check overnight, they FedEx'd the keys & paperwork back to me...then I had a transportation company pick up the car and bring her across the country to me. When she arrived days later, she was perfect, just as the previous owners promised. No hidden issues or surprises and the body & interior like new. They even had the regular maintenance records from the dealer in the glove. That was 15 years ago...and she's been one of my weekly drivers that I've baby'd since then, since this model is rare & irreplaceable...even interior & trim parts are almost impossible to find used. Never a breakdown or problem with her in all that time, except for routine maintenance and tires. I got lucky, when I consider all the horror stories from others about cars bought sight unseen.
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That looks like a helleva lot of gizmos to go wrong in a very pricey way, which is becoming the norm unfortunately. And those headrest pillows...yeah, they may be comfy...but look really bad.
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