Seeing is Not Believing

I’ve been seeing a large number of people buying cars online without looking at them first. I don’t think it’s a great idea because there are so many tiny things that seem innocuous but can add up to a very large headache. I have one in particular that is very disturbing. This guy bought an old Mustang that looked beautiful in the photos. He paid a lot of money for it, more than it was worth. In the listing online it did say that there were a few things that weren’t working like the wipers, the emergency brake and the speedometer to name a few. This didn’t seem insurmountable to be him so he purchased it anyway. When the car was delivered and came off the tow, he jumped in ready to go but his foot went to the floor because the brakes had issues as well. He brought the car to us and that ended up being the easiest issue to fix. It turns out that the reason some of the other things didn’t work was that when they rebuilt the vehicle they left off key components. A couple of thousand dollars later, some of the issues are still not fixed because they require welding and body work.


I’m not suggesting that you never buy a car you haven’t seen but not only should you ask a million questions about each and every item, have them send a video as well. I always say that if someone hasn’t fixed something “simple” before selling a vehicle then it clearly requires more than a simple fix. The biggest red flag is when the AC isn’t working and “only needs some freon or a valve”, if that’s all it needed then they should fix it before they sell it to you.

Buyer beware! Do your homework.


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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3 Responses to Seeing is Not Believing

  1. Desmond says:

    That’s correct, sometimes they show you a bus and sell you a car. The only idea is that a car if you wish to buy then you must check it personally, have a test drive, consider the features and keep in mind what are you buying on the other side online shopping only allows to remember what you buying step. So be aware and a good consumer too.

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  3. Brown Tenya says:

    Great post mate, I love that you have shared an important information. We will take care when buying a car online by the way buying a second hand Car online is not a good idea.

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