A year ago I got interested in buying a car model that was relatively
uncommon. I didn't find any for sale in my area so I was scouring the
ads on cars.com, ebay, etc. My plan if I found a vehicle that I was
interested in was to ask the owner detailed questions about it, and ask
them to take photos of specific areas of the car. If they can answer
questions and can provide detailed photos of specific things then you
have some little assurance that they at least have access to the actual
vehicle. I would not advise sending any money until you can see the
vehicle and the vehicle title in person. I think a carfax might be
advisable too since it may provide details of past ownership.
Through my process of searching for the car model I was interested in,
one popped up at a certified dealer near my house so my wife bought that
one for me.
> A while back, I got excited about a Mini Cooper S that was advertized as a
> Mini and at a good price for a Mini in that condition. I replied to the ad.
> It too was in Alaska, but the husband had died and the wife was selling it.
> As I don't know my Mini's, I looked for images to see what the car really was
> and I found the exact same images of the car in someone's collection in the
> UK. I reported the ad and it was removed.