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Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:53:03 PM »
Thought I'd try my hand at online auto auctions. Bought a 2006 Taurus SEL this morning for $1450. Runs, drives and appears to be in decent condition. Assuming that there aren't any major hidden problems, I should be able to double my money. If this works out, I may try to do this more often. Anyone else flip cars through online auctions?

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 12:59:02 PM »
Make sure they don't put your name on the title or the bill of sale. If they do you will have to pay and wait for a new title before you can sell it.

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 12:25:13 AM »
I got burnt. Burnt bad. There was a bad hail storm that went through Dallas a few weeks ago and apparently this vehicle got pounded. Either that or someone parked it in the middle of a driving range.

The seller posted photos of the vehicle before the damage occurred and did not update the listing or disclose the damage. We're not talking about a few dings here. I'm talking about hundred of golf ball size dings over the entire car. I think the seller blatantly misrepresented the vehicle by not updating the listing & photos. What do you think.

Now I have to deal with the auction company to try to get my money back or get a significant refund.


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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 04:28:50 AM »
I think the seller blatantly misrepresented the vehicle by not updating the listing & photos. What do you think.

Immediately print out the online ad and photos and you absolutely have a case here. I don't know if the auction site has any responsibility, it all depends on their disclaimers and the local laws. But the seller is 100% responsibly for what was posted (or omitted) and is also guilty of criminal fraud. Mention the word fraud to the auction company and they might be a lot more willing to help you out, especially if their site terms require full disclosure by the seller.

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 04:30:42 AM »
I got burnt. Burnt bad.

Of course you do see the irony of this happening to you...don't you? :)

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 06:33:22 AM »
Of course you do see the irony of this happening to you...don't you? :)

Yes, but luckily I left plenty of room for situations like this.

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 12:16:31 PM »
Seller: That's not damage.  They are aerodynamic divots like on a golf ball......



I once got a car that "runs like a chariot"...... Turns out it had no engine.
Seller actually tried to stand by his remark as being "disclosing".
I got my money back.

Car deals.  :-[

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2014, 12:53:48 PM »
I once got a car that "runs like a chariot"......

1 horsepower? :D

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2014, 03:45:39 PM »
1 horsepower? :D

Beats Fred Flintstone's car.

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 08:11:43 AM »
I put a little pressure on the seller and they ended up offering to take the car back or give a significant discount. I chose the discount and now I should be able to sell the vehicle (as is) for a slight profit.


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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 10:11:06 AM »
You should post the auction photo and a real photo... I would like to see the difference.

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 03:40:38 PM »
You should post the auction photo and a real photo... I would like to see the difference.

Here ya go. The seller took the photos in low light/shadow conditions and probably from a distance using the zoom to make the image grainy. He also took the photos from angles that would hide the damage.




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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 03:54:00 PM »
Yeah, in looking at those pictures I can see how he tried to hide the damage. That aside...what the hell are you doing buying a Ford Taurus? Those things are throwaway cars and go for a dime a dozen around here!

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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2014, 04:33:59 PM »
True, they don't hold their resale value. I was just looking for a quick flip. At $1600 for a 2006 SEL with leather, sunroof, alloys, etc., I thought I could get around $3500.

For my personal vehicles, I refuse to buy anything other than Honda, Toyota, Acura & Lexus. If you ever see one of these four vehicles on the side of the road, the owner probably just ran out of gas. Don't get me wrong, I like American cars, I just can't afford the repair bills. And I refuse to buy a new vehicle. I could buy a small house in Texas for what they're charging for an average new vehicle these days.


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Re: Bought a vehicle through an online vehicle auction
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2014, 07:54:07 PM »
Yeah, dude that's total misrepresentation.


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