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Roadster w/150mi on Cars.com - probable scam

Discussion in 'Tesla for Sale' started by DeepV, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. DeepV

    DeepV New Member

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    Hello hello,

    Wanted to give you guys a heads up on this post:
    http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=114816875&listingRecNum=8&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26mkId%3D28263%26stkTyp%3DU%26mdId%3D21834%26rd%3D100000%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId%26zc%3D77001%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dprice%26sf2Nm%3Dmiles%26isDealerGrouping%3Dfalse%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national&listType=3

    contacted the seller, and she eventually responded with this:
    I'm not willing to touch it since it's supposedly in London, but thought I would make sure the community's cautious about this.. looks pretty suspicious, plus she says it's an 8cylinder with a gas engine?? sounds like a copy paste from another scam. She'll probably want a "deposit" to reserve the car for me.
     
  2. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    It's a scam. Certain language matches the scam offers on Cars.com. They use fake payment processor sites for the deposit.
     
  3. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Different country: scam warning!!!

    My husband died in Iraq: scam warning!!!

    eBay guarantee: scam warning!!!

    These scams are pretty widespread, don't fall for it.
     
  4. deonb

    deonb Active Member

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    Sure, you can be suspicious about those, or alternatively just the "8 Cylinder, Automatic, Gasoline" part...:rolleyes:
     
  5. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Previous #482 threads:

    482-on-Ebay

    Roadster-VIN482-Black-black-on-Ebay

    For-Sale-New-Jet-Black-on-Black-Tesla-Roadster


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    Same photo seen here:
    http://woodside.saintclassified.com/2008-tesla-roadster-for-sale-by-private-seller-for-immediate-delivery-your-vehicle-sold-automotive-web-sites-ad-47359
    http://nationalvehicle.com/v/Tesla+Roadster/Warranty/84521
    Note, that 877-392-2891 phone number shows up on all sorts of internet listings for a variety of vehicles (including hot-rods, RVs, etc.) and shows different names and locations associated with the same number.
     
  6. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    So much so that he only drove it 150 miles in 5 years?!
     
  7. Jackyche

    Jackyche Member

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    Its in my will that if I die, I am to be buried with my Roadster. If I find out my wife "got rid of my beloved car for cheap", I will come back to haunt her until that 6th Sense kid can send me packing.

     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Hah. Brand loyalty!
     
  9. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    I suggest that anyone considering that car inspect it first.


    P0482--5YJRE11B881000482-wreckyard.jpg
     
  10. supercarnut03

    supercarnut03 New Member

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    I came across this while going thru the TMC.
    I saw this exact car at Copart auction sold for $17,900 w/ 7895 miles on it. Buyer (dealer) states that he has purchased this car with unseen but has won it in the auction. He is interested in selling this car after I inquired.
    I am a very much " newbee" in Tesla cars. Could anyone guide me on this wether this is a scam or real?
    Should I even look in to it in buying?
    Any help is appreciated.
     
  11. marco2228

    marco2228 Roadster Signature #34

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    It's at Copart again:
    Copart

    I think it's just some car to get people to copart, since it has been for auction for like 50 times or so and it's still there^^
     
  12. jeremyz

    jeremyz Member

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    supercarnut03, that car has been rotting for quite a while. The likelihood that the battery is bricked is 99.999999%. A new battery will set you back about $38,000. Add in the costs of the other repairs (which won't be cheap) and you can decide whether or not you think it's a good idea to consider buying it.
     

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