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Hi guys,

Do you recognise the Datsun 240Z shown in the pictures I attached? Supposedly it has LS3 + T-56 manual under the hood etc. nice things..

If yes, I would appreciate if you answered.. It is supposedly for sale now, but I just want to be sure whether it is a scam or a legitimative ad and deal...

I just don't want be screwed.. That's why I am asking this..

Thanks for your help!

To my understanding it was auctioned in Nov 2018 (based on browse results I found in internet).

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Hi guys,

Do you recognise the Datsun 240Z shown in the pictures I attached? Supposedly it has LS3 + T-56 manual under the hood etc. nice things..

If yes, I would appreciate if you answered.. It is supposedly for sale now, but I just want to be sure whether it is a scam or a legitimative ad and deal...

I just don't want be screwed.. That's why I am asking this..

Thanks for your help!

To my understanding it was auctioned in Nov 2018 (based on browse results I found in internet).

1973_datsun_240z_1541450119ff2b8af5c46e020181104_155810.jpg

1973_datsun_240z_154145013130839bb20181104_155835.jpg

1973_datsun_240z_154220674667856724221e9d3620181104_155717.jpg

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Yes, I picked up those pics I attached from that BaT ad. Now this car has showed up again for sale, for way way less than then back in Nov 2018.. That made me think..

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Try hybridz. They specialize in the heavily modified cars. This one is a long way from having been a 280Z...

 

The front grill says 280Z, the taillights are 240 style. Not uncommon.

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This car has been pieceed together by the looks of it. A 73 VIN with a 280 Z front grill?
Run....

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What happened to my post?  It's gone.  The site is getting weird.  @Mike

 

Are there two of these threads, identical?  Edit - figured it out.  Two identical threads...

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This same thing was noted by a friend who sold his Porsche 912 on BaT within the last year.  After a couple months, it started showing up on several other "Cars for Sale" sites for much less than what he sold it for to a buyer from England.  Many of the pictures in the ads were those that he had posted on BaT.  

He checked with the buyer who told him that he still had the car and it was NOT for sale.  Scams abound.  This Z may not be a scam, but due diligence is wise before buying.

Dennis

 

 

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If the ad says something about being in the military and unable to meet you in person but they will ship the car to you, it's probably a scam.  I almost fell for one way back in 2008 before I bought my car.  The ad sounded reasonable but there was no way to verify.

Forgot to say, again, post the ad link if you really want some help.

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7 hours ago, Zed Head said:

@Jan K  Join BaT and message the buyer.  He might tell you what's going on.  Might be that he worked a deal to lower the price after he found problems.

https://bringatrailer.com/account/register/

Now that's an excellent excellent idea! I did that now, but BaT doesn't let me send a private mail to the winning bidder.. I tried to post a comment (question) in the thread there though.. Let's see if it is accepted by the BaT.

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6 hours ago, Zed Head said:

If the ad says something about being in the military and unable to meet you in person but they will ship the car to you, it's probably a scam.  I almost fell for one way back in 2008 before I bought my car.  The ad sounded reasonable but there was no way to verify.

Forgot to say, again, post the ad link if you really want some help.

The ad gives quite little info of it. I contacted "the seller" through the web page and got an answer from eAutoSmart Traders. They are acting as the seller (on behalf of the real owner I guess) saying they have inspected the car and among other things promised a free shipping to my address (before the payment for the car needed to be made) for inspection and test drive.. Sounds really promising.. A bit too good to be true, maybe.. They are also saying (both in emails and on their web site) if the car is not as per expected by me it can be returned to them without any cost to me.. Their web pages look trustworthy though..

I asked whether the title comes literally with the car to the inspection & test drive or do they send the title after the payment has arrived at them, I did not (yet atleast) get an answer.. I guess theat is the point where they could screw me over (not sending the title before some big big additional payment or not sending the title at all). What do you think, how could they screw me over if they really send the car to my address for inspection?

Do you guys have any experience or knowledge whether eAutoSmart Traders is any good?

 

Thanks!

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Try a backwards image search and see where all it pops up. That's how I found the scammers that were going to sale my 240 I had listed on craigslist.

Arrow on the image, S key and CTRL at the same time. Works on Chrome, unfortunately I'm using my phone.

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I searched eSmart AutoTraders and got three pages of links from forums asking if they are legit.  They seem to be an escrow based company.  Somebody recently bought a car this way and had it shipped to England.  I think his name was "Woody" or something like that.  He had a thread about it.  The shipping company damaged the car and he found some other problems.  Seemed like he had a big budget though and was happy in the end.  

Personally, I wouldn't go through the hassle without having someone you trust examine it first, wherever it is here in the States.  It's not some classic that's value is in its provenance.  It's a highly modified 240Z.   Shipping to Helsinki is going to be expensive, if that's what your plan is.

https://www.google.com/search?q=eAutoSmart+Traders&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS862US862&ei=jC4vXtCiDM_Z-gTjyrGoDg&start=0&sa=N&ved=2ahUKEwjQmIuAt6TnAhXPrJ4KHWNlDOU4ChDy0wN6BAgMEC0&biw=1600&bih=757

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Here's the thread from Woody.  It's long but it's similar to what you're planning to do, I think.

 

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1 hour ago, wheee! said:

Found an ad for it here using all the same pictures... I think this is a scam. If you think otherwise, ask for a photo of it with them holding a banana or something ridiculous to prove they have it.

https://carbuzz.com/news/someone-stuffed-a-corvette-v8-in-this-old-datsun-240z

To prove the car was mine and in my possession I took a photo of the vin. above the brake booster with that days date. Sold the car, way too cheap! Now I wish he didn't believe me. LOL

 

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10 hours ago, Jan K said:

The ad gives quite little info of it. I contacted "the seller" through the web page and got an answer from eAutoSmart Traders. They are acting as the seller (on behalf of the real owner I guess) saying they have inspected the car and among other things promised a free shipping to my address (before the payment for the car needed to be made) for inspection and test drive.. Sounds really promising.. A bit too good to be true, maybe.. They are also saying (both in emails and on their web site) if the car is not as per expected by me it can be returned to them without any cost to me.. Their web pages look trustworthy though..

I asked whether the title comes literally with the car to the inspection & test drive or do they send the title after the payment has arrived at them, I did not (yet atleast) get an answer.. I guess theat is the point where they could screw me over (not sending the title before some big big additional payment or not sending the title at all). What do you think, how could they screw me over if they really send the car to my address for inspection?

Do you guys have any experience or knowledge whether eAutoSmart Traders is any good?

 

Thanks!

Addition: I got an answer from eAutoSmart Traders: "As soon as you (meaning me) decide to keep the vehicle we will our legal representative to you and he will handle the title transfer on your name." Probably at this point at the latest I would need to pay to eAutoSmart Traders.. And naturally this procedure saves the owner of the vehicle.

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10 hours ago, Jan K said:

Now that's an excellent excellent idea! I did that now, but BaT doesn't let me send a private mail to the winning bidder.. I tried to post a comment (question) in the thread there though.. Let's see if it is accepted by the BaT.

Addition: BaT published my question to the winning bidder. Hope that he/she sees it there...

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4 hours ago, siteunseen said:

Try a backwards image search and see where all it pops up. That's how I found the scammers that were going to sale my 240 I had listed on craigslist.

Arrow on the image, S key and CTRL at the same time. Works on Chrome, unfortunately I'm using my phone.

Thanks. Tried that, didn't work on Chromium, Firefox nor MS Edge.. Damn..

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Addition: I got an answer from eAutoSmart Traders: "As soon as you (meaning me) decide to keep the vehicle we will our legal representative to you and he will handle the title transfer on your name." Probably at this point at the latest I would need to pay to eAutoSmart Traders.. And naturally this procedure saves the owner of the vehicle.

If those grammatical Errors are part of the original response.... scam.
I don’t like the sounds of this One Little Bit! Proceed with caution.

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