Just been in contact with a woman on a pistonheads sale for an 8p a3, and hse said hse has signed the car over to Pistonheads as she is away on business, i asked if i could view the car as i was very interested this is the reply i got:
I am afraid PistonHeads doesn't organize private viewings or cash on delivery due to the bad experiences they had with a lot of timewasters and tyre kickers just wanting to test drive not to buy.
This is how the transaction is going to take place :
To verify you are a serious person and genuinely interested in purchasing the car you will first have to send the £3.700.00 by bank to bank wire transfer to a PistonHeads managed bank account.
As soon as the payment is received and verified PistonHeads will deliver the car to your address and offer you a 24 hrs inspection of the car.
If you will decide you want to keep the car PistonHeads will forward your payment in my bank account and the sale is concluded.If you will reject the car PistoHeads will refund your payment into your bank account and collect the car from you (absolutely no extra charges for you).
During the 24 hrs inspection period you can take the car to a garage or have it RAC/AA inspected,I absolutely welcome any checks you want to perform on the car and documents.
This is a 100% secure system for both buyer and the seller because I will receive your payment only after the car is delivered and inspected by you.
I used to work in the car sales business and I`ve used PH Buyer Protection to complete distance sales all the time,it is very very easy to use and absolutely safe for both buyer and seller.
PistonHeads will contact you with all the payment details and instructions as soon as I have started/authorized the sale.I can get things moving asap and we can finalize the sale this week all I need is your name,delivery address and contact number(s).
I look forward to your reply and hopefully to a smooth sale
Does this seem wierd to anyone, or is it a huge risk to take when buying a car?
i have to pay to view it? :s