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      10-18-2019, 09:45 AM   #2
Get off my lawn
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Drives: 6MT
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: USA

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Are you specifically referencing an auction site like eBay, Bring a Trailer etc. or any type of transaction where the car is not local?

I have bought two non-local cars off online classifieds or forums, only one of which I had the chance to see physically prior to committing to a purchase. I have certainly become proficient in online searches (common issues), pre-purchase inspections at indy mechanics and asking for specific pictures and documentation.

The best tips I can give is to really understand the mindset of the current owner (seller), research the platform and determine common issues and red flags to look for. Know the market, and do find somebody to look at it in-person or drive/fly yourself to do so. Do not be afraid to walk away if things are not adding up, being rational is harder in person!