Found a dream car (at least for me) at a dream price online, like 1/2 of KBB value. E-mailed seller to figure out why, she claims that her husband recently passed away and she wants to sell it quickly as she is moving and it gives her bad memories.
I tell her I’m willing to buy, and she sends me a carfax (which was clean) and an ebay invoice. I’ve never seen this service before – buyer protection – which apparently is a service that handles the sale of used vehicles for the owner. The invoice apparently works like this – I pay half the cost to Ebay now (with e-bay gift cards, for some reason), Ebay ships the vehicle to me on a flatbed, I get 5 days to inspect the vehicle, and at the end of those 5 days I pay the remaining half (with gift cards again).
Basically, the buyer is asking me to pay thousands to Ebay sight unseen. She lives several states over, but sent plenty of pictures of the vehicle and I obviously immediately did a reverse image search, and the pics are legit. Normally I wouldn’t consider doing this, but the vehicle was owned by a truck enthusiast and apparently was taken care of well, and the price is very low for what it is.
So in short – am I being scammed? Have you guys ever heard of this method of selling used vehicles? I called Ebay about it and gave them the transaction number, and they have it on file. I’m still shaky on the whole situation.