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Another Tesla Roadster Scam on

Discussion in 'Tesla for Sale' started by Bluhorizan, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Bluhorizan

    Bluhorizan Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    I've been following this very nice, low mile 2008 Tesla Roadster up for auction on EBay over the past week, located in Santa Monica. Auction ended without meeting its reserve or BIN of $85,000: Tesla | eBay

    Coincidently I was looking on and found the same pictures listed by "Marty" in Florida asking $24,590 for the Tesla Roadster:
  2. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    NE Tennessee
    Yes $24,590 has to be a scam. While on the low side the I can believe the $73,300 bid on ebay.
  3. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

    Jun 20, 2011
    Los Gatos, CA
    The $73,300 bid was mine. Another forum member visited and drove the car. Don't say it was on the low side - I still want this car:cursing:

    The scam is to grab fake pictures/descriptions/VINs from other cars. They then ask you to process the sale through a fake Amazon payment site they have set up in China.
  4. ipdamages

    ipdamages Roadster Sports 835 & 972

    Sep 25, 2011
    Southern California
    Andrew -

    To recap, the car drove well.

    I was a bit concerned about battery life since it wasn't fully charged so I couldn't see its range when fully charged, and he said that the batteries needed to be left to drain down and then back up again at times, which is not what the Tesla battery manual document says. Obviously the car has sat there for a couple years if it only has 450 miles on it. He did know it should be kept in storage mode when not used, though.

    The car is basically spotless other than the door sills, which have scuffing, but I think that is kinda to be expected. If that irks you, Tesla sells carbon door sills for $1,400, but they also have aluminum on them at the high-traffic spot, so they are subject to scuffing as well unless you put starshield/armor on them (Bob at LA Tesla suggested that to me today). Al & Eds sells all-carbon sills for $1,100 on eBay and Carbon One sells some as well for a little cheaper still (though many have reported sketchy buying experiences with him).

    I think the reserve price on the car was $75K, so you may want to ask Marshall (the seller) if he'll sell it to you for that price. You can contact him through the eBay "contact seller" link. They guy is a bit neurotic in terms of cleanliness, which is always a good trait to see in a seller of a used car!

    - Chris

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