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the joker
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Vanagon scam? Reply with quote

Is this a scam.
88 westy for sale in Texas
Daughter of recently deceased owner
Is a sale thur ebay
Shipping is free within 48 hours? of purchase
5 day inspection and refund thur ebay if needed with return shipping paid by seller

What do you think yea or nay Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering I didn't find it on ebay, I would say yes it is a scam. If it is a craigslist ad or even a local classified ad, but saying it will be paid and shipped through ebay, it's a scam.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contact the seller and ask questions. If you get a lot of westy-specific answers and a good vibe and no mention of buying through some service you never heard of before than worth looking into further. Responses that aren't quite proper english with vague answers like "the car's brakes are in very good condition" with no mention of uniquely vanagon issues/parts/upgrades and wanting to use some purchasing service gives me big red flags. This is more with Craigslist or Kijiji though and Ebay's a little safer. Contact the seller and get a feel for them, then follow your instincts.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes as hans says, mention of paying through ebay on a non-ebay site is a scam. I was assuming this was all on Ebay.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is my go-to site for checking current pricing: http://westfaliasforsale.com/where-to-find-westfalias-for-sale/ and I don't see one listed that matches the year in Texas. It could still be out there for sale, but the guy who runs the blog usually emails the seller to get more information about the van for sale.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ask for serial numbers than check them to see if it is a real van buy the codes.
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