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post #1 of 4 Old 02-15-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Buying/transporting from out of state?

I've found a couple 2013s that have just the options/colors that I want, but they are both out of state. Anybody have any experience doing out-of-state purchases?

I'm told that I'd have to pay for the transportation cost from the dealer to my house, which I guess I can understand. I'm getting some decently below-invoice quotes, and that makes me feel a bit better about the transport cost I'd have to put on top of those quotes (to me, it's worth it to get it just right).

I'm more concerned with how the transaction would work. I'd have to wire the full payment to the dealer before they put the jeep on a transport (I can understand why they would want that). That makes me nervous because it seems to leave me little recourse if there is something wrong with the vehicle when it arrives at my house. I'm imagining some nightmare where there is damage and the dealership says it must have happened during transit, and the transporter claims it was there all along, and they've both already got all my money for a car that I never saw before it was loaded up on a truck.

Other than services like CarsDirect (not available in my area), is there such a thing as holding the payment in escrow? Even if there was, this still seems like it could get messy.

Any advice or experience with any aspect of this would be much appreciated.


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BTW: I know I could fly somewhere to see the car, do the transaction, then put the car on transport or drive it back myselft, but these places are far enough away that this is would be a significant expense/hassel.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-15-2013, 02:48 PM
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Since you've already done the work of locating it, why not have a dealer close to you purchase it, transport, then you buy the car from them for a transaction fee?

If that's not a possibility, just be sure to use an enclosed carrier to avoid any road debris hitting your new ride.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-17-2013, 04:28 PM
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I have had good luck with using on my last vehicle transaction. cost me 350 to have the car shipped to my door insured and all. It would not be a bad idea to also have the vehicle insured by your own company as well.

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