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Old 07-27-2018, 10:11 AM
Location: H-town, TX.
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OP, your problem wasn’t a flood car possibility, it’s that you probably clicked on a Craigslist as link to some relatively recent vintage luxury car (say a mint looking 2005 model Acura listed for $2000) with an email plastered across the pictures to avoid easy googling and thought it was legit.

Oh, well.
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Old 07-28-2018, 10:26 AM
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Thank you very much for all the advice.
The thread was original for advice with "how to avoid buying a flooded car".

Then it turned out to be a thread about scam because I posted two communications with a poster from Craiglist. That's the development of the thread.

I hope no more Harvey-like storm in the next 499 years.
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by willveagle View Post
Thank you very much for your advice.

I contacted one person on Craiglist and here is his/her email. It looks like a scam to me.
Question: I asked whether her car got flooded.
Answer: "Please just let me explain how this transaction is. If you want to buy the vehicle and you confirm the payment at eBay I will start the shipping and they will hold the founds until you drive and inspect the vehicle for 5 days. Also the vehicle will arrive with all the documentation's required for registration and the two keys. I will send all the papers and documents title, bill of sale, service records, manuals along with the vehicle to prove the ownership and to be able to register it under your name. The title and the bill of sale it will be both signed, simply go with it at the DMV and register the vehicle under your name. If you are interested please send me your full name, full shipping address and phone number and eBay will register you as a possible buyer and contact you with all the details."

Question: I asked again about the flooded car and whether I could see it and test it.
Answer: "The vehicle is already at our Military Logistic Department sealed and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the vehicle to your home so the shipping is free for you. Only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the vehicle is in their custody."

What do you think?
“If you would like to contact the Military Logistics Center, please put on a piece of tin foil on the head and contact eBay regarding release of custody from top secret location. I will also sell you the tin foil, four easy payments of $19.99!” -Shady Seller

But, as others have said, I’d avoid working with that seller: It reeks of shadiness.

I’m not sure about buying on eBay motors or Craigslist, but I can say that auto auctions are usually worth a look. The last one I went to allowed people to sit in the cars and look under the hood before the auction (which is SOP, I assume).

But, nonetheless, I hope you find a car you like. :-)
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