Jerry Dork
Nov. 27, 2013 7:17 a.m.

"109K original miles (only 2k a year) 5-speed, COLD original AC, All power Resprayed Factory Red in 2008, very presentable" $7800

So much interest, except 8hrs away and slightly higher than I'd like to pay. How do you guys deal with cars out of state? (This is Raleigh NC)

wae Reader
Nov. 27, 2013 7:28 a.m.

It's been a while for me, but first thing is probably to check with your local courthouse or wherever you Buckeyes have to go to transfer titles to see what they're going to require in terms of paperwork. Probably a notarized signed title. I'd have a bill-of-sale prepared to take with you as well. I like to find a couple places that offer notary services near the seller that will be open when I'm there. Banks usually work well, especially if you or the seller are a customer. Last thing you want to do is need some sort of paperwork from a guy 8 hours away who already has your money.

Definitely wouldn't want to pony up anything more than a couple hundred dollar deposit before having a chance to look at the car, unless you can find someone you trust who's local to look it over for you. Probably want to start negotiating before you leave -- if he's already got you 8 hours from home he'll figure (and rightly so) that you're not going to want to throw all that travel time away over a $500 difference in price.

If it's a good runner that you're pretty sure won't have problems on the highway, fly and drive. If it's going to need anything before it can make the trip, find somebody with a truck and a trailer who could use a good road trip to somewhere where it's not snowing. I know a guy.

Tyler H SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2013 7:44 a.m.

A few years ago, the stock striping / decals were still available. Looks great, but I agree the price is a few thousand high for a non-SC AW11.

Klayfish SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2013 7:54 a.m.

I'd either go check it out in person, or if it's too far find someone to check it out for you. Check with the MR2 forum, see if they know a local MR2 specialist. Research a local well known shop who could inspect it for you and/or take tons of pictures. May be worth the $100 they'll charge you before you make the long trek.

Jerry Dork
Nov. 27, 2013 8:05 a.m.
Tyler H wrote: A few years ago, the stock striping / decals were still available. Looks great, but I agree the price is a few thousand high for a non-SC AW11.

It's an SC. Forgot to mention that.

Tyler H SuperDork
Nov. 27, 2013 8:22 a.m.

Still spendy, but that is the one that will appreciate..and the only MR2 variant I've yet to own.

I'd suggest MR2OC and getting a local enthusiast to check it out. Chances are the typical MR2 enthusiast is too cheap to buy it out from under you.

Brett_Murphy UltraDork
Nov. 27, 2013 10:05 a.m.

I'm in Raleigh and I may be able to check it out for you.

Rusted_Busted_Spit UltraDork
Nov. 27, 2013 11:18 a.m.

My last three cars have been out of state. In Ohio all you need is a signed title. Once you get back home set up an appointment with the BMV. Someone will come out and make sure the VIN matches and you are good to go.

Woody MegaDork
Nov. 27, 2013 11:26 a.m.

You realize, of course, that you have sent me into the MR2 vortex...

Jerry Dork
Nov. 27, 2013 1:37 p.m.

In reply to Brett_Murphy:

Interesting. Let me see.

I emailed to see if the guy would negotiate and he said not by much, he had a friend that sold an SC bone stock w/ 68k miles on eBay last year for $13k. WTF?

SWMBO can't get over I bought mine for $2k, although not in this pretty of condition.

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