How to buy without being scammed?

Old 01-04-2008, 03:08 PM
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How can I buy a new engine from a private party and not scammed? I'm intrested in purchasing a 383 but it is located acrossed the country and I can not see it. How can I protect myself?
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:23 PM
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Why not write up a legal contract covering yourself and the seller?

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Would a plane ticket cost so much to fly out for the day or weekend to make it a deal breaker? Buy it in person, take it with you to the closest freight terminal and ship it.

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Ask the seller for references...

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Ask the seller to take it to a local machine shop to him of your chosing for inspection prior to purchase?

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Buy an engine locally that you can see.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:25 PM
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YOU HAVE NOT SAID WHERE YOU ARE FROM[ WHICH WOULD BE A BIG HELP]--BECAUSE SOMEBODY ON HERE CAN PROBABLY HELP YOU OUT--OR WHERE YOU ARE TRYING TO BUY FROM---BOTH IMPORTANT!!!!---IT IS OK TO BE CAREFUL JUST DON'T FALL IN THE TRAP OF" EVERYBODY IS A CROOK"---MY 2 CENTS--LIVELY IN ILLINOIS
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:40 AM
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I'm from Maine and the engine is in Washington. The engine sounds like a good deal at $3000.00 but is not worth the expense to fly and see.
I just don't feel comfortable sending that kind of money to a private party I don't know. I was just curious if any one knew a way both parties could be protected in a transaction like this. The person selling the engine is most likely a honest guy but you hear so many stories about people being scewed by scammers. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:20 AM
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Where in Washington..I live in BC (Canada) and Washington is in the same division...I know that it is a long shot. but send me an email with the guys name and the city he lives in...who knows maybe I know him or it is close by.if you get some refences maybe I'll know him or someone I know can vouche for him..its worth a shot for piece of mind..there is also an escro service
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by dak697
Where in Washington..I live in BC (Canada) and Washington is in the same division...I know that it is a long shot. but send me an email with the guys name and the city he lives in...who knows maybe I know him or it is close by.if you get some refences maybe I'll know him or someone I know can vouche for him..its worth a shot for piece of mind..there is also an escro service
GOOD IDEA!!!!THAT IS WHAT WE NEED MORE OF 8) 8) --LIVELY
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:50 PM
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I just got off the phone with the seller. Seemed like a good trust worthy guy. His name is Jamie Roby of Spokane WA. The engine was built by Johnson's Racing 1245 Vista St. Spokane WA. I couldn't find the shop online. If you know the shop any input would be great. Thanks for the replies. The internet is a great source with many great poeple.
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:48 PM
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You can try and post the question to the following site

http://www.div6-topcomp.com

There are some guys that race Top dragster/Sportsman that run out of Spokane ...Maybe they can help...

if you post the name and address on that site....Good luck
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