Why Do People Buy Cars Out Of State Without An Inspection

Buying a used car out-of-state without having it inspected is a foolish buying decision. This is especially true for automobiles with salvage or rebuilt titles. Another unhappy car buyer is crying the blues over this 2016 Chevy Malibu that was in a flood. There’s a reason this car was bought at HALF of the book value!

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This 2016 Chevy Malibu a previous flood car was purchased out-of-state without an inspection. The buyer is upset with the seller.

Update 07/15/19: Apparently this seller’s ID has been changed to rebuiltcars0199. Feedback is still good but always inspect used cars bought online. Cover Yer ASS!! 😉

This seller has high feedback and has been a motors member since 2013. Regardless it’s often said that sellers trade a check for the positive feedback. That’s especially true for used car dealers, been there done that back in my selling days many moons ago.

However, when first looking at this vehicle for sale ad (253979784617) the seller clearly stated it has a 2017 Engine. To me, that’s a big red flag screaming out STOP!

Used car 2016 Malibu sale ad states 2017 turbo engine

From the motors forum: (spelling sentencing corrected for readability and seo.)

I am completely disgusted after buying a car from rebuiltcars019. The ad says salvage title. OK. Seller states vehicle title salvage due to being in a flood zone. ZERO evidence of water entry.

So I buy the car and have it shipped to me.

(1) CAR had bad rust on the seat frames
(2) bad rust on the dipstick-yes oil dipstick
(3) mud and debris in the trunk
(4) rust under the hood
(5) water lines in the car
(6) damaged tires
(7) dent in the fender
(8) engine light on
(9) bad engine misfires – cannot be driven

Seller rebuiltcars019 says cars in tip-top no issues performs as it should.

Told I wanted a refund. They said OK – I pay the shipping to return and they will refund but only when they have a car, and title, and I pay to ship a second time. Along with bad tire repairs, and missing locking lug-nut tool – must pay to have them removed.

So now I have a car with bad tires – wheels locked on, can’t drive, wet under the seats. After wrestling with seller – rebuiltcars019 He told me to F-OFF. They will pay to get the bad feedback removed and F-ME.

Exactly what happened. EBAY said that I did not go to Florida and look at the car. Regardless of the condition and what the ad posted which my lawyer says is consumer fraud. Attorney also says because EBAY said no harm or foul by the seller EBAY would definitely lose this in court, especially in Florida.

So I got F***** badly by seller rebuiltcars019 and by EBAY. I guess soon eBay will begin hassling me even though I have 100% feedback since 2002. I am so freaking mad. Out about 10k. This is complete **bleep**. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM rebuiltcars019. They are liars-cheaters, scammers!


Looks like this one could be headed to court. Personally speaking, It’ll probably be the seller suing the buyer for slander or other damages. The seller clearly stated inspection is welcome. For around $200 a mobile vehicle inspection can be easily obtained. I would prefer a properly repaired collision-damaged used car over one that’s been swimming.

Today’s automobiles are an electrical nightmare of components that are sensitive to water and expensive to replace, and many components must be programmed by the dealer. And *IF* it was salt water the wiring will eventually corrode into a green mush!

The best bet when buying a used car out-of-state is to have it Inspected FIRST before purchasing! And be sure to read my used car buying and selling internet guide. 😉

It’s a well-known fact among many sellers, that front-line-ready quality used cars will not make a profit on eBay Motors. After publishing this article i googled this seller up and found this video from 2017. Another buyer is saying the same. Further investigation revealed that the seller id was ibozi20133 that no longer exists, and could have been changed.

4 Thoughts to “Why Do People Buy Cars Out Of State Without An Inspection”

  1. CarBuyer

    Thanks for this article. I once contacted rebuiltcars0199 for one of the car they had listed on eBay, and after after seeing almost all positive feedback. Those nut holes never replied me. I thought fine since they don’t seems to care about their customer. It turns out the same car reappeared three times in their listing. That means they must have screwed 3 sellers in past, and probably had to take return.

    Thanks for letting us all know that those Floridian scammer rebuiltcars0199 on eBay is must avoided.

  2. Rex

    I foolishly bought from rebuiltcars0199 based on excellent feedback. I received junk with a blown transmission (full of water) with too much money into it I could not return it and lose so much money. They offered me a small partial refund until the got EBAY TO REMOVE my negative feedback without contacting me, now they have no reason to pay out. My feedback was removed, no partial refund.

    1. Doc

      Rex, sorry to read about your bad buying experience on eBay.

      I felt inspired and blog this post today as a guide to leaving deserved negative eBay feedback. Friends don’t become a victim of motor vehicle misrepresentation. Do your homework before bidding or buying a used car online. A vehicle inspection is worth its cost in gold if the vehicle is not as described!

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