craigslist: 1996 Lexus LX450 - BUYER BEWARE

Discussion in 'FJ80 | FZJ80 | LX450 | HDJ81' started by Stylo07, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. Stylo07

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    Hey, fellow mudders, I want to make you aware of the shady seller of the LX in the following ad. I called on the ad almost two weeks ago as it was exactly what I'm looking for, even though it's halfway across the country. After a series of questions to which I received a favorable answer, I made an offer. A deal was struck and I was well on my way to owning what seemed to be a lovely 80 with lockers.

    Well, I purchased a one-way ticket to western CA, overnighted a deposit check and prepared a cashiere's check for the remainder with a way for the buyer to verify the funds. Each effort I made was in line with either a verbal or written agreement between the seller and myself. Things were shaping up nicely and I was looking forward to getting to know the vehicle over the 1800 mile drive back to Kansas City.

    I touched base with the seller four days before my flight and, just like that, his payment terms changed drastically. He now refused the cashiers check and demanded cash or a wire no less than one day prior to arriving in CA. I explained that I wouldn't travel with upwards of $10k in cash, and I MOST CERTAINLY would not wire a stranger the same amount with 1800 miles between us. He finally refused to hold his end of the deal, and also refused to refund my $200 worth of airfare and FedEx fees. Needless to say, we didn't part ways favorably.

    Even though I believe the LX to be a good vehicle at a fair price (after negotiations), please DO NOT DEAL WITH THIS SELLER. Learn from my lesson. Personally, I don't believe he should be allowed on craigslist. eBay is more like it, with a binding contract providing some semblance of legal recourse.

    Buyer, please beware!

    PS: If you know of a similar, locked LX for sale, please let me know. =D

    LX 450 Lexus 1996
     
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  2. Kernal

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    Did you lose the deposit check? Sounds like a scam if he wanted cash or Western Union sent ahead of time.
    Very strange.
     
  3. GarnerFJ40

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    Post the same info in Craigslist stating this information....
     
  4. Stylo07

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    Hey, there -

    No, I didn't lose the deposit check. Luckily he wasn't home when FedEx stopped by the first time, so I was able to have the package destroyed.

    I don't necessarily think it's a scam, just a shady guy with a terrible business head.
    :mad:


     
  5. Stylo07

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    That's a great idea. I think I'll just do that.
     

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