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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: 996 buying blind Reply with quote

Hi,

Would it be a completely crazy idea buying a car without viwing if it was from a reputable independent that has given a thorough run down, and you were having a PPI carried out inc bore inspection before collecting?

My only reason for asking is I have found a fairly suitable car which ticks most boxes but is a 5 hour drive each way and I can't view until later next week.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds fine to me.

My car was inspected by a garage before I bought it.

Then I went to collect, did a bank transfer and drove home 2 hours with a big fat grin on my face Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine bought a Cayman without seeing it, I checked it out for him and had it sent to Zentrum for PPI and bore checks, I even collected it for him and kept it until he came around to collect it from me a few days after.
As long as its checked out thoroughly I don't see a problem.

Use a credit card for deposit so you do have some comeback in the event of some issues.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought mine blind from a private seller, didn't even get an inspection done, just made a deal over the phone then flew over to collect. No problems whatsoever Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you all think in these circumstances an independent PPI is necessary? It is a reputable independent. They did say the would borescope it, but I can't help thinking the unbiased opinion of the inspection will be money well spent? At the end of the day the dealer wants to sell it so won't be as critical as the third party? Any thoughts or am I being paranoid?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're buying blind I'd definitely want someone independent to cast an expert eye over it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BChivs wrote:
Do you all think in these circumstances an independent PPI is necessary? It is a reputable independent. They did say the would borescope it, but I can't help thinking the unbiased opinion of the inspection will be money well spent? At the end of the day the dealer wants to sell it so won't be as critical as the third party? Any thoughts or am I being paranoid?


I think this depends a bit on how much you're spending, the type of warranty and the amount of post purchase contingency you have tucked away - essentially it is a risk decision
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no getting away from the fact that regardless of how reputable the dealership is, they have a vested interest and any appraisal given by themselves will be bias.
It's a lot of money to me, and for the sake of £300 it's huge piece of mind.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BChivs wrote:
There's no getting away from the fact that regardless of how reputable the dealership is, they have a vested interest and any appraisal given by themselves will be bias.
It's a lot of money to me, and for the sake of £300 it's huge piece of mind.


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