So just a heads up on this truck:
Land Rover Defender 109" LHD | eBay
I won the auction today, after speaking with the seller a few times, getting some extra pics etc.
He explained to me prior to auction end that a friend of his imported the truck, had it at a shop to get work done but then when they realized the engine was toast didn't want to bother with it anymore. Said he bought it from his friend and is now selling it due to having another kid and not enough time for it. Long story short i was told it had an "open" title from the shop that imported the truck. The eBay listing says it has a clear title.
Well, i win the auction, and the fun begins.
He immediately ask for his $2k deposit via paypal. I told him i can come get the truck tomorrow and i prefer not to give him the deposit via paypal since i'll be there within 24hrs to pick it up, and can give it all in cash, check or whatever method he prefers, but not until i see the truck in person. After a bunch of gripe and back and forth he finally agrees.
I then ask to see the title documents and import papers that he has, so i can run it by a family member who owned a dealership, just to make sure i can title it. Well he sends me a few blurry pics thats can't be made out. I ask him to scan it in (not just cell phone pics) and he tells me he doesn't have time for this and i should have asked for this before the auction ended. After a lot of back and forth, name calling and threats to cancel the sale, i tell him to go ahead and cancel it. I can't buy a truck without knowing it can be titled, additionally the auction says clear title. he agrees and says yes a clear Norwegian title. I don't think thats what eBay means when they give you the option for a clear title in the listing lol!
So buyers beware. To be honest i don't think he got the money he wanted for it and was just looking for a reason to cancel the sale. He threatened to do that right from the beginning when i wasn't willing to send the deposit.
A few red flags that i picked along the way:
1. Listed as a defender, clearly not a defender but a series 3
2. Says its a diesel but the pictures show a gas head and spark plug
3. says it was running but had a cracked head, but now the pistons are seized...how do you go from a running truck needing a new head to a seized engine???
4. Couldn't give me a straight answer on the title and how he got the truck from the first conversation
5. Was insistant on a $2k deposit even though i was coming down the next morning.
So - long story short, I'm don't doubt that this truck is imported legally, i just wasn't going to be the schmuck to try and get it titled without knowing how it got here! plus the signature on the Norwegian title is dated 2001 from what i can see and it isn't his! Im sure it will be back up in eBay, just make sure you have everything you need document wise before bidding. I wasn't going to take the gamble.
Too bad, was really looking forward to restoring this truck but I think I'll have to wait for another one to come along with an actual US title (or import one myself through an importer)