I cannot disagree with any of the above, but for me, inspeciton of the car and money/title transfer is ONLY done in person. PERIOD.
I know, I know, I know, many people have done VERY successful money/car transactions by sight unseen. I personally would not do it, and it is extremely unlikely that I would encourage someone to do it.
Agreed, if you have a VERY knowledgeable person on tap who can closely and thoroughly inspect/drive the car and make an acceptable evaluation, then that is probably fine for some people. But I gotta see it, feel it, drive it and crawl under it myself before I'm satisfied.
I drove (with a family member) from Okla City to the Dayton area in 98, with check in hand, to inspect our 70 Malibu conv. The owner and I had exchanged multiple emails and he sent several pictures. All looked good. But the only proof was to actually go and see/inspect/drive the car in person. I have no regrets to this day. As soon as we exchanged the check and title, I jumped in it and drove it straight to OKC. All went perfect. That's the only way I'd ever do it again. :thumbsup:
Oh ya, I forgot to mention, I found the car in a For Sale ad right here on TC. I think that was also a plus. The discrepancies between the owner's description and the actual condition of the car were so minute, that I gave him the benefit of the doubt, and I paid the agreed price without any negotiations.
Actually, after it was all said and done, I have always been quite surprised that no one beat me to it because he said he had been advertising it for about 3mo. I think a lot of people missed out on a good deal who didn't buy it first!