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Old 11-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #11
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My son'* friend put his dad'* Sportrac into a pond and siezed up the motor. They towed it to my house where he tried to figure out what to tell his dad. I had him pull the plugs, crank it over to clear the water, put the plugs back in, and it started right up. He got married 6 months later and we told his dad at the wedding.
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Well?!!?!!? What did the Dad say? "Here ya go son, you can have the Sportrac for a wedding gift". That would be hilarious!!
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He was major pi$$ed.
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I wonder how many of those will wind up on small used car lots around the country after some clean up?
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I wonder how many of those will wind up on small used car lots around the country after some clean up?
My best advice is not to buy any cheap used taxis.
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im sure its not just taxis
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Last I heard, the title is suppose to be tainted with flood damage on it. Yea, I know there are work arounds for this, but I'm sure some little taxi companies elsewhere wouldn't care where the car came from.
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they will when they start having phantom corrosion problems
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I purchased a F-250, 1 owner Texas truck on Ebay from a reseller in Texas, 33k miles. The pictures looked awesome, carfax came back clean. Flew to Texas and picked up the truck, which I had already paid for. It looked super shiny, both inside and out. But I sensed something was wrong. The frame was heavily rusted. Well, I already paid for it so I hopped in it and started to drive north towards home. I stopped at a Best Buy to pick up a antenna adapter to connect Sirius satellite radio. when I reached under the dash my face got painted with a pound of falling silt.

The truck was a flood truck. The reseller was super smart, put in a brand new shiny plastic truck carpet, waxed the truck to the max, and took every picture strategically so not show the rusted frame.

How could this flood vehicle not show up on Carfax..... simple, it was a corporate vehicle, owned by Kerr McGee company. They are self insured. It was flooded in one of the hurricanes, and they got rid of the vehicle. This curber bought these vehicles, cleaned them up externally real nice, and then sold them on Ebay. He had a good rating, but not for vehicle sales. He sold about a dozen vehicles in a small time frame, and he received many bad ratings, but he got away with it.

Lesson learned, when buying a vehicle long distance pay the $100 for a vehicle inspection.
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And just who does these vehicle inspections for $100? I'd be leary of them too. Heck, the insurance company probably has some strings pulled too.

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