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Old 9th January 2016, 12:39   #5191
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Love Craigslist, but as with anything you buy second hand, be it from Ebay, a dealer, a private seller or via Craigslist you need to be careful.
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I want to add to that - there are a lot of scams on craigslist to be careful about. One regular scam is that a "buyer" calls you and says they can send you money, they are not in town for some reason so they will have someone come and pick up the item. They send you the money, have someone pick it up and then they go raise a dispute and have the transaction reversed (I am not sure how, apparently it is possible). Thats why they want to make the payment online instead of in person. So you lose both your money and your item. Typically when you get a response like "Hi, is ___ still availabke?" it is a bot for this scam. If you respond with "yes", you will see a response like what I described above.

Just insist on dealing locally and cash only.
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I'm trying to sell my car on cragislist and this is so true I get 3-4 such mails everyday.
I have given my number on the and just ignore email queries.

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I want to add to that - there are a lot of scams on craigslist to be careful about. One regular scam is that a "buyer" calls you and says they can send you money, they are not in town for some reason so they will have someone come and pick up the item. They send you the money, have someone pick it up and then they go raise a dispute and have the transaction reversed (I am not sure how, apparently it is possible). Thats why they want to make the payment online instead of in person. So you lose both your money and your item. Typically when you get a response like "Hi, is ___ still availabke?" it is a bot for this scam. If you respond with "yes", you will see a response like what I described above.

Just insist on dealing locally and cash only.
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I'm trying to sell my car on cragislist and this is so true I get 3-4 such mails everyday.
I have given my number on the and just ignore email queries.
Got a call from "IRS" last week that there's a arrest warrant out on me for tax fraud and that I need to call them back immediately to resolve this (VM). Same caller again in few hours and a similar VM but more intense this time. I knew it was a scam as it happened to few in my circle, some just fell for it, transferring thousands of dollars as fines. So I had to call them back to get a feel of it. So someone picks up on a second ring, deep voice & fake accent says "Internal Revenue Services", transfers it to someone else and the usual story of whats my name and Social. Told him that I dont remember my social as I rarely use it and he was pissed! Feeling a gist of my concerned and scared tone, he asked me to transfer an amount of $9320 right away to avoid cops at my doorsteps in few hours. I requested him that money can be arranged but its stuck with a friend of mine to whom I need to pay $1000 and asked him if he can personally transfer $1000 to me first. So he started laughing and hung up.

Many of you might know about this IRS scam but if someone doesn't then please spread this in your circle.
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Hello Everyone,
I'm looking at trading in my 2007 Accord LX with 109k miles on the odo either for a 2016 Accord Sport with Honda sensing or a certified pre owned 2013 328i xdrive with 38k miles on it. The dealer has quoted 24500 for the 328i and is willing to lower the price further and has offered a fair trade in for my Accord(5000-5500$). The price range on KBB is based on the additional packages(cold weather and premium) is 24300-27200. What do you guys think would be a fair deal? The dealer offered additional service warranty package for about $2200 for two years and yesterday he sent a mail that they might offer that for free. If this deal does not go through, I'm thinking of a 2016 Accord Sport with Honda sensing. To me, the car looks terrific except for the grill(chrome overkill), especially the 19 inch alloy wheels and the Honda reliability.
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Hello Everyone, I'm looking at trading in my 2007 Accord LX
Assuming this is a BMW dealership, since you said "Certified Preowned", its a good deal if it comes with extended warranty and new tires. BMW certified also means, car is free of accidents, an important factor to consider. Make sure you check the CarFax report. Did you check the tires? The good thing is, its still under warranty and BMW maintenance. New Honda's have more tech compare to 2013 BMW. Its a very personal choice but if you love driving then go for BMW. You can't go wrong with it!
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+1 to what Viper_SRT said

Also the 328i is a much smaller car compared to Accord & the 2016 Accord will probably have more features. But the BMW would be more fun to drive.

Do the due diligence & then take the call. All the best
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Yesterday I was waiting at red light to make a left turn. To my left there was another car and when the signal turned green, he swings into my lane. I honk to alert him and he then blinks his emergency light for a few seconds.

Why did he switch on the emergency lights? I've never seen such a behavior before. BTW, I'm in Bay Area.

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24500 for the 328i and is willing to lower the price further and has offered a fair trade...

The dealer offered additional service warranty package for about $2200 for two years and yesterday he sent a mail that they might offer that for free....

I think it s a pretty good deal, unless there is something wrong with the Car. But make sure you check everything and Yes,, Check the life of tires cause those run flats will be expensive.

My 328i 2014 is now on 34k and that's the biggest expense I see in the coming year.
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Why did he switch on the emergency lights? I've never seen such a behavior before. BTW, I'm in Bay Area.
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Means he doesn't care and asking you to take it easy. Its quite common in any metro like NJ and NYC. I would suggest not to honk at anyone and take it easy. Road rage has become quite a norm these days and people are getting shot for no reason. There are too many maniacs on the road with guns these days.
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Why did he switch on the emergency lights? I've never seen such a behavior before. BTW, I'm in Bay Area.

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I have seen truckers do this on the highways in Canada when you let them merge into your lane. It's their way of saying "thanks"
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Means he doesn't care and asking you to take it easy. Its quite common in any metro like NJ and NYC. I would suggest not to honk at anyone and take it easy. Road rage has become quite a norm these days and people are getting shot for no reason. There are too many maniacs on the road with guns these days.
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I have seen truckers do this on the highways in Canada when you let them merge into your lane. It's their way of saying "thanks"
Thanks guys. Didn't understand what he was trying to communicate.

I had to honk because I thought he would bump into my car.
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Anybody follows Doug Femuro's blog on jalopnik?? His adventures with expensive cars and carmax warranty's are eye opening.

Adventures with the Land rover
http://jalopnik.com/my-range-rover-s...d-i-1733772237
http://jalopnik.com/my-air-suspensio...ran-1683787880
http://dougdemuro.kinja.com/one-year...sed-1485113319

Now he went and bought an AstonMartin with a warranty- which became useful in a week!!
http://jalopnik.com/i-bought-a-45-00...lea-1751337202
http://jalopnik.com/my-new-aston-mar...own-1752936014

will be interesting.

Meanwhile , anybody going for the Detroit auto show??
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Anybody follows Doug Femuro's blog on jalopnik?? His adventures with expensive cars and carmax warranty's are eye opening
I read many of his blogs, they are worth reading. Carmax guys know him very well now, the management is extra careful, up on their toes, every time he visits. Maybe every Carmax location has his picture with auto face recognition and alarm system His experience selling a Hummer H1 to Carmax and the Ferrari episode were great. Also the unreliable Range Rover buy with extended warranty and the repairs that followed got him peculiar attention on auto journalism.
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Anybody follows Doug Femuro's blog on jalopnik?? His adventures with expensive cars and carmax warranty's are eye opening.

Adventures .....

Meanwhile , anybody going for the Detroit auto show??

I am a fan of the guy. I do think his quality has gone down since his earlier days. I have read his book ,"play with cars". There were 2 entries from India in his latest car buying excel sheet , both me both said Hindustan ambassador.
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I am a fan of the guy. I do think his quality has gone down since his earlier days. I have read his book ,"play with cars". There were 2 entries from India in his latest car buying excel sheet , both me both said Hindustan ambassador.
He had a book?? I never knew it. Need to search about that.
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