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Default Buying a private seller's car in another state...

Has anyone ever bought a car from an on-line private party that was several hours/miles away from his/her house?

Two Sundays ago I got into an accident, and just yesterday the insurance company "totalled" my '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser - which is out of production ('07 to '14). With much thought, and as much fun as I had in that vehicle, I'm thinking about buying another one, but the seller is in Holland, MI (nearly 7 hrs from Des Moines).

I weary to buy a used "off-roading" vehicle, but this thing is meticulously clean, and he says it doesn't have any dings/scratches and it's never been off road, albeit 10 years old . So what questions should I ask before driving up there to see it? What questions do I ask? What suggestions/advice can you give me?

Here's a link to the sale: http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...68k-miles.html

FWIW: It's priced right with all the mods, has low miles, and I may be able to talk him down some.

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EDIT: Do any forum gear-heads live near Holland Michigan and could check the vehicle out for me???

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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

A friend of mine has one for sale down here in Dallas.
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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

I'm about 3-3.5 hours from there, but I have no time to get out there, unfortunately. My weekends are booked nearly solid until December.

OTOH, I do have a good friend, who also happens to own one of those, who is less than an hour from there. At first I thought maybe he was selling his. I might be able to send him over. He's very knowledgeable about cars (and is meticulous about his also).

I dropped him a note, we'll see what he says.

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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

Thanks guys.

Still waiting for the dude to get back to me.
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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

My buddy called me this morning and sounded willing to do it. Just let me/him know what you're wanting him to check out if you have specific concerns (4WD functioning, etc). He wouldn't be able to do it until the weekend so he can see it in the daylight, but I didn't think that would be an issue.

Let me know.
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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

Thank you, Shadow, and tell your buddy thanks as well. The dude still hasn't responded to his post and that's the only way I have of contacting him.

I will let you know if anything develops. Thanks again!
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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

If you have the vehicle identification number for it, ask your insurance company if they can run a repair check on the vehicle. This would show details of what work has been done on it, how much in dollars, when, etc.

Insurers use this info when determining the depreciated value of cars. Much of this type of information is freely shared among companies.
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Talking Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

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Default Re: Buying a private seller's car in another state...

Never heard from Michigan guy, so I went with this.

Thanks for all the help/advice.
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