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Advice to protect yourself when buying from forum members?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ohm-ms, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. ohm-ms

    ohm-ms Member

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    I’ve been enjoying reading and participating on TMC while I wait for my Model S to be delivered. I’m looking to purchase the arachnid rims from a forum member. They say Tesla still has the rims and can ship directly to my SC. Any advice on how best to execute the deal from a payment and logistics perspective is appreciated. Some questions:

    Best way to pay (just in case something goes wrong)?

    How to verify with Tesla they have them and can assign ownership to me?

    Thanks!
     
  2. P85_DA

    P85_DA Supporting Member

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    Use PayPal invoice so u get buyer protection ...also look at members profile ..have they been around TMC for awhile ? Did they just register ...I’m not saying that alone will protect you but ..having Paypal protection has helped me for piece of mind on large dollar transactions
     
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  3. Leopold Stotch

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    Get a photo ID scan, cell phone number and email. Facebook account would be good. Also a signed sale contract.
     
  4. ohm-ms

    ohm-ms Member

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    Thanks Leopold and P85_DA. Good suggestions!
     
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  5. ohm-ms

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    @P85_DA is PayPal invoice different that just paying the person directly via PayPal? I thought payments via the service were covered.
     
  6. P85_DA

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    PayPal invoice the seller will incur PayPal fees ..PayPal gift is like sending money to a family or friend the sender will incur a small charge ..since it’s considered “gift” u don’t get full buyer protections
     
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  7. Uncle Paul

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    You could ask Tesla to send you a message when they are shipping the wheels. Would be good confirmation.
     
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