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Not sure where to post this so mods please move if there is a better sub forum. I have a chance to buy a 04 GTO for a great price. The problem is how do I make sure I am getting what I think I am. I am looking to purchase from an ebay closed auction. Everything seems great but if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appriciate them..
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be careful buying a car off ebay thats for sure
 

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Try to find out if the seller was a member here, then read some of their posts. That would give you a few ideas about how the car was treated...........
 

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Second chance offer? Many of those are scams... the person contacting you ISN'T the original seller...
 

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The person did contact me as a second chance offer. I did not respond now I was contacted thru ebay warehouse services. The second chance offer was high but now it is at what I bid on the vehicle!!!! 13900 for a low mileage gto. Please keep the replies coming!!!!

Thank you to everyone who has already replied!
 

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GTOhopeful said:
The person did contact me as a second chance offer. I did not respond now I was contacted thru ebay warehouse services. The second chance offer was high but now it is at what I bid on the vehicle!!!! 13900 for a low mileage gto.
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL.
If the price is too low to make sense (and 13,9 for an 04 certainly is), it's a scam. End of story.

Get a phone number... I bet your correspondent will have some bogus reason why you can't call them (because they are overseas and don't have a GTO). A picture of the car, with tomorrow's USA today in the front seat - they can't do that either, they don't have the car...
 

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Run a vin check, look at the sellers feedback. Do as much reserch as possible. If you have to. Call ebay, and see if this sellar has any complaints not listed.

Be very careful. Loosing 13k to a bad deal is not going to be good.
 

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Who buys a car "site unseen" anyway? go look at it, where ever it's at.
 

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Probably a scam from what I've seen posted elsewhere.
Contact Ebay support and send them the link to the auction, they can tell you if it's legit or not.
And definitely do NOT buy sight unseen in any case. If you're serious enough about the car it's probably worth the cost of a plane ticket to go check it out.
 

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What state is the car in?
if it is in the US, find someone to go look at it or go look at it yourself. a couple of hundred dollars isnt so bad for a plane ticket when youre going to pay 14k for a car.

and it seems very fishy to me

edit: ack mulder beat me to it.
 

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Again thanks for all of the responses. This does seem like to good of as deal so i've looked into it some more. This is the info I got from eBay's site. There should be a message in my eBay. There was for the second chance offer but that was for 20K. There weren't any messages from the next email. I looked further and eBay says you can email them at [email protected] and they will review the offer and get back to you if it is real or not. Still waiting to hear from them.
forgot to mention. The GTO is in ca and I'm in RI
 

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GTOhopeful said:
The GTO is in ca and I'm in RI
I'm sure some CA forum members wouldn't mind taking a look-see for you :D
 

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Thanks again guys. I didn't even think about asking someone to take a look for me from here. That is incredible! I did hear back from eBay and it was a fraud. I'll post the email below so it can hopefully help someone else out in the future.

Hello,

Thank you for writing to eBay regarding the email you received.

Emails such as this, commonly referred to as "spoof" or "phished"
messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive personal or
financial information from the recipients.

The email you reported was not sent by eBay. We have reported this email
to the appropriate authorities.

In the future, be very cautious of any email that asks you to submit
information such as your credit card numbers or passwords. If you are
ever concerned about an email you receive from eBay, simply follow these
steps:

1. Open a new Web browser and type www.ebay.com into your browser
address field to go directly to the eBay site.

2. On eBay, sign into your account and click the "My eBay" button at the
top of the page.

3. Check the My Messages section located at the top of the My eBay page.
If an email affects your eBay account, it's now in My Messages. Any
email sent to your registered eBay email address from eBay or from
another eBay member via eBay's member-to-member communication system
will now appear in My Messages.

Just remember, if you get an email to your registered eBay email address
that looks like it's from eBay about a problem with your account or
requesting personal information, check My Messages first. If it's not
there, it's a fake email.

If you still have any doubt about whether an email message is from eBay,
please forward it immediately to [email protected]. Do not respond to it or
click any of the links. Do not remove the original subject line or
change the email in any way when you forward it to us.

If you have already entered sensitive personal information, financial
information, or your password into a Web site based on a request from a
spoofed email, you should take immediate action to protect your identity
and all of your online accounts. We have developed an eBay Help page
with valuable information regarding the steps you should take to protect
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http://pages.ebay.com/help/tp/isgw-account-theft-reporting.html

To review eBay's new tutorial about Spoof Emails, please see the
following Web page:

http://pages.ebay.com/education/spooftutorial/

To help you better protect yourself from fake eBay and PayPal Web sites,
we have developed a feature for the eBay Toolbar called "Account Guard."
Account Guard includes an indicator of when you are on an eBay or PayPal
Web site or a known spoof (or "phishing") site, buttons to report fake
eBay Web sites, and a password notification feature that warns you when
you may be entering your eBay password on an unverified site.

To learn more about the eBay Toolbar with Account Guard go to
www.ebay.com, click on "Downloads" at the bottom of the page, and then
click on the "eBay Toolbar" link.

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoof email you received.
Your efforts help keep eBay a safe and fair place to trade.

Regards,

eBay SafeHarbor
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Tell the dude you want to meet and look at the car, and you will bring cash. See what he says
 

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glad you caught it and didnt waste your money. i would reccomend buying one from a member on here rather than ebay.
 
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