From: Willy Eckerslyke on
Joe Lee wrote:

> You don't say whether the guy's seen or inspected the car. If he hasn't then
> you really need to wonder what kind of a buyer you've got. Two suggestions.
>
> 1) He's totally gullible & an absolute idiot for paying for a car that he's
> not even seen.
>
> 2) He's about to scam you having spotted that you would accept payment by
> Paypal for your car, he nipped in quickly with his payment & thinks you're
> ripe for the picking.

3) The guy's a clever soul who know that he's got the car for a price at
which he can't lose and has paid so quickly to stop the seller trying to
wriggle out of the deal.

> I've no idea which he is but I sure as hell wouldn't let him drive off with
> my car on the basis of his feedback rating !

At this point it could be useful to know how much money we're talking
about. If it's a couple of grand, then I'd agree. But for all we know
it's an 80 quid scrapper being bought for spares, which would change
things somewhat.

> If he's genuine he won't object to you refunding the payment & giving you
> the money in cash.

He may well have built up a nice little sum in his Paypal account from
legitimately selling items on eBay. Now he wants to use that money to
buy a car. I've done it myself a few times. Being forced to pay cash
would mean transferring the funds to a bank account first, which can
take 5 days or more. So yes, he could have a very good reason to object.
From: Fat Sam on
Willy Eckerslyke wrote:
> Joe Lee wrote:
>
>> You don't say whether the guy's seen or inspected the car. If he
>> hasn't then you really need to wonder what kind of a buyer you've
>> got. Two suggestions. 1) He's totally gullible & an absolute idiot for
>> paying for a car
>> that he's not even seen.
>>
>> 2) He's about to scam you having spotted that you would accept
>> payment by Paypal for your car, he nipped in quickly with his
>> payment & thinks you're ripe for the picking.
>
> 3) The guy's a clever soul who know that he's got the car for a price
> at which he can't lose and has paid so quickly to stop the seller
> trying to wriggle out of the deal.

or
4) The guy might be a dealer in car parts, and see's the car as a good
source of parts, rather than a viable road vehicle?

>> I've no idea which he is but I sure as hell wouldn't let him drive
>> off with my car on the basis of his feedback rating !
>
> At this point it could be useful to know how much money we're talking
> about. If it's a couple of grand, then I'd agree. But for all we know
> it's an 80 quid scrapper being bought for spares, which would change
> things somewhat.

It wasn't very much at all.
It's an old car, which needs some work before it could even consider an MOT.
It raised �102


From: Kim Andrews on
On Fri, 06 Jul 2007 09:59:32 GMT, "Fat Sam"
<samandjanetknox(a)tessco.net> wrote:

>It wasn't very much at all.
>It's an old car, which needs some work before it could even consider an MOT.
>It raised �102

I think that explains why he was happy to pay before seeing it. Just
relax.

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From: Fat Sam on
Kim Andrews wrote:
> On Fri, 06 Jul 2007 09:59:32 GMT, "Fat Sam"
> <samandjanetknox(a)tessco.net> wrote:
>
>> It wasn't very much at all.
>> It's an old car, which needs some work before it could even consider
>> an MOT. It raised �102
>
> I think that explains why he was happy to pay before seeing it. Just
> relax.

Yeah, I lay in bed last night and thought about it, and decided I was
probably just being a bit over-paranoid. LOL.


From: Willy Eckerslyke on
Fat Sam wrote:

> 4) The guy might be a dealer in car parts, and see's the car as a good
> source of parts, rather than a viable road vehicle?

> It wasn't very much at all.
> It's an old car, which needs some work before it could even consider an MOT.
> It raised �102

There you go then. Scrap values are currently so high that yer average
car's worth around 70 quid. If you mentioned yours having a new battery
or decent tyres or something, he's covered the selling price before he
even sees what else is worth removing.
So you don't need to worry about the money.

But, you do need to consider the legal aspects of him driving it home as
he may be hoping to get away without insurance and not bothering to
register it in his own name. Make damned sure you fill in the V5c
properly and that the address he puts down matches the one on Paypal.
DVLA try to make out that the vehicle's still your responsibility until
they get the documents through. So you could be liable for any offences
he commits.
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