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Just an update on my search for a nova, this is turning out a lot more difficult than I initially thought.

One of the cars I found was in California it was a 73 hatchback with the original engine. The seller said the car was his grandfathers and he gave me his word the title was in his name and the photo showed around 46000 miles on the odometer.
Turns out the title was not in his name and the milage was 84000 back in 1994. When confronted he said the title was in his grandad's name(who did not even share his surname) and he said they (the DMV) made a mistake on the title regarding the milage.

Another car I found seemed like a good deal 73 hatch with a 307 sbc for 5000$. the seller was highly suspicious of me since i'm not American. After weeks of back and forth and me sending him a copy of my ID card he agreed to send me a photo of his name on the title. I need this photo as proof of ownership before I send payment, I thought this was a reasonable request. In the end he avoided showing me his name on the title by saying he was waiting for the title in the mail, family reunions etc. Out of the blue I get an automated message saying the car has just been sold.

So far I have dealt with a few scammers and people who refuse to deal with anyone outside of the usa.. it's frustrating but I guess it's also to be expected.

I'm still going to keep looking even though it's difficult given the logistics and the small budget I have : (6000$ For the car) (3000$ for the shipping) and (3780$ for the Registration tax) 13k total is as far as I can go.
Just like anything you really want to keep, you have to look around and will necessarily discard a few that you find that look good but have issues. There are more than a few scammers, but you are taking the right steps here to get it right. You're smart to ask the questions about the title and paperwork, and you either have to come here to see it yourself or have a reputable source go look at the car and photograph it for you. Even better would be someone standing with the car while you're on the phone, so you can run down your list of questions.

I buy cars for particular clients for a living, and have looked at many cars over the years. You'll encounter tons of different scams and owners, so it's always different. Sometimes the owner has a problem with you for some reason (in this case your geography!), so sending a local guy to look at the car, see the title in person and verify condition per your criteria is a good idea. Just remember you have to encounter a few discards before finding the right purchase. It's a process.
 

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i can understand your pain in trying to complete a car deal with your distance. i had to look to see were malta is located, thats a distance to ship a car for sure.
Malta is a small archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located south of Italy's island of Sicily. the best of luck in your search.
 

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I'm surprised a Maltese guy wouldn't want a Falcon.

That said, maybe members could come up with a list of either questions or things to look for, a checklist that a buyer, especially one overseas, could use. Help reduce the risk?

ASIDE from all the condition questions about the car (they would be numerous, but also necessary for the list), you could ask:

-How long have you had the car? Why are you selling it now?

-Who did you buy it from, do you have a signed title with his/her name on it and a signed bill of sale from that person to you? If not, is it currently registered in your name?

-Do you have the title in hand, in your name, with no liens on it?

-Is the registration current? When was it last registered?

-Does the VIN number on the car match the paperwork? Has the VIN ever been removed, tampered with or replaced?

-do you have any original documentation, or any receipts or history on the vehicle? Where was it originally purchased?

-what is the nearest shipping company to you for transfer of the vehicle overseas?

I think that a solid list of questions to have answered before going forward with a trip to look at a car much less buy it sight unseen would be helpful. There might be another thread on this topic, but I can't seem to find it here. I don't search that well.
 

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As I stated earlier in this thread, I know a couple of guys that handle the inspection, payment, and shipping procedures.. These are legitimate businessmen and they do this for a living..
I will probably end up going this route as it is the easiest way. The reason i'm trying to handle the details myself is to try and reduce the cost. If I do find a potential car in California within my budget I will ask you for their details.

Can you give me an estimate regarding the cost for your friends service?
 

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It will depend on how much of the service you need them to handle. If you only need an inspection then it should be around &350 if it is within the Los Angeles county/Orange County area. Beyond that might be a bit more..

If you need them to handle payment and shipping there will be more involved and cost more but it might be that they can get you enough information that you and the seller can work out the payment and shipping details amongst yourselves. If not they can handle it..
 
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