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Old January 7th, 2009, 08:36 AM
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I have always wired the money over to the lawyer. As a seller I would want a bank cashiers check to clear the bank before I release a title. Cash is the only instant payment in my opinion, and I don't know that I would want to be crossing the country with that kind of cash in my pocket. Wire transfer is the safest way to go for everyone, it will be a large enough transaction that it will be tracked by the feds.

Just a note on wire transfer, if you do it after 1pm eastern time it will not credit until next day. So if you plan on flying in and doing a wire to buy the truck, either make sure you guys go to the bank before 1pm or make sure the seller is ok with signing the title over and waiting until the next day for him to see his money.

I have used lawyers out of the phone book or someone that the seller knows or has used. No lawyer in his right mind is going to screw you on a transaction like that, so your pretty safe. Also get the lawyer to draw you up a simple bill of sale as part of the deal.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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Have the truck shipped. Ive used Jeff at Barnes auto twice to ship 4 cars out of LA including my 110. He is excellent and well priced for door to door service. Not sure he will come all the way down to PA but if you drove up the coast some you might save a couple bucks.

http://www.barnesautotransportation.com/
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Barnes will be here at ECR in the next week or so to collect a 90 to take it back to WA, so you might be able to catch him.
He usually has a full load, but you never know.

I also agree, either have it fully checked out and serviced by a shop before the trip, or ship it.
No matter how stunning.... it was still built 17 years ago.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 09:13 AM
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Also I forgot to say, Congrats.

And if you do decide to buy it and drive it back, before you head off on your journey buy a fire extinguisher, God forbid the truck catches on fire, but even worse if you just have to stand and watch it burn.

Check the oil cooler lines!!!
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Barnes will be here at ECR in the next week or so to collect a 90 to take it back to WA, so you might be able to catch him.
He usually has a full load, but you never know.

I also agree, either have it fully checked out and serviced by a shop before the trip, or ship it.
No matter how stunning.... it was still built 17 years ago.

Oops, just checked with Jeff and he passed that job to M&M trucking. I don't suggest those guys.
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I got 3 shipping quotes from North Carolina to Denver (1600 miles). All 3 were over $2000. I had some time so I drove it back myself for $220 in gas and a couple nights at the motel 6. Plus I got to see some of the eastern states. Not a bad drive little drive.

If you do decide to drive it back, and if you do break down while you are coming through Colorado, hit me up and I will be there with my tools, car hauler, beer, sandwiches, etc. Even if you dont break down, You could even crash at my place.
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I know Roverland down in D.C. does a great job.
There are much better Independents much closer to the truck -- Trevor Griffiths springs to mind as a significantly better option. And yes, I've used both.
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Rent a U-Haul truck and car trailer. Not cheap, but at least it's in your sight the whole time and you're not packing the miles on the Rover. Plus, car buying road trips are fun!

If you really want it pampered, check Horseless Carriage antique/exotic auto shippers out of Paterson, NJ. Expensive, but may be worth the peace of mind. I use them when shipping a cream puff, (albeit a Rover has never fallen in to that category) and have never been disappointed.
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Congrats Geoff.

Where in PA is it? If it's not too far from DC I'd be happy come out and take a look at it with you (heck, I'll drive Janey up).

I might even be crazy enough to drive it back to CA for you if you want to go that route.

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I sold a D90 to a gentleman in FL (I'm in CO). He didn't see the truck first.

He sent a cashiers check and I held the title until the funds cleared and we did a bill of sale and odometer reading form from the FL DMV web site. He arranged for a shipper to pick the car up down the street from my house (nearest major intersection). As a seller it was a smooth and simple transaction. I believe he said his shipping was about 1500 to Miami FL from Denver CO.

When I bought my second one locally I did a cashier's check and the seller verified the funds over the phone and then released the title. I did give him a copy of my license but felt safe since he is a Deputy and it was local.

I've also had a friend at a local dealership process the deal for dealer handling. It was $300 and it gave all of us peace of mind. It was my first D90 purchase and the dealer was a Saab dealer, so no inspection but it brought a third party in to supervise the deal.

Good luck and Congrats! Welcome to the forum, these guys are great and a wealth of information!

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"I might even be crazy enough to drive it back to CA for you if you want to go that route."

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But Ron, I don't think he'd want you to pull the hood off and go wheeling in Moab on the way out. Plus, this Rover has doors - what's the fun in that?
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Good luck either way !

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There are much better Independents much closer to the truck -- Trevor Griffiths springs to mind as a significantly better option. And yes, I've used both.
No need to get Feisty Tony. I just happened to have used Charles for a engine rebuild on an LE about a two months ago and he did a great job. I am sure you know of some great shops since you live much closer, but that was just a simple recomendation based on some work I just had done. Did you have a bad experience with Roverland?
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go look at the truck! it's worth a plane ticket. I learned the hard way.
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"I might even be crazy enough to drive it back to CA for you if you want to go that route."

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Plus, this Rover has doors - what's the fun in that?
Some of us don't like the cold!
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I have used the site www.uship.com with good success. A way to save bucks however is to use the site to get some cheap quotes, then call and deal with the cheapest quote folks in person as they charge 'more' to cover the uship fees (despite what the blurb says)...
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Man, there is a lot of advise in here. Thanks so much.
I definitely would love to have someone check it out. The vehicle is in Pittsburgh, in the city.
I would love it if one of you could go check it out for me.

I did not know DAS had a bad rep.

I appreciate the offers to drive it. I think shipping is the best bet for this.

It is going to take me a minute to go over all the info on this thread. There is a lot in here.

Getting the truck looked at first off is a good idea though, before I go out....

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Congrats Geoff.

Where in PA is it? If it's not too far from DC I'd be happy come out and take a look at it with you (heck, I'll drive Janey up).

I might even be crazy enough to drive it back to CA for you if you want to go that route.

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Its in Pittsburgh. Is that far from DC in your book?
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Its in Pittsburgh. Is that far from DC in your book?
Yeah at 250 miles it's a tad far for a quick look see.

Pretty sure there will be someone here closer who'd take a look though.
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Its in Pittsburgh. Is that far from DC in your book?
It's roughly the same as your driving from LA to Vegas.... :-)
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