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    Purchasing a Delorean from out of state

    Hello,

    Im about to purchase a Delorean from out of state and just wanted every ones opinion on it. Im buying it for 23.5k Here are some pictures: http://s785.photobucket.com/user/MTB...?sort=3&page=1 I have a few more pictures if you need to see anything else.

    Please let me know what you think of it. Also anyone have any recommendations on a shipping company?

    Thanks!

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    Just noticed the link didnt work, here is working one

    http://s785.photobucket.com/user/MTB...?sort=3&page=1

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    Looks rust free. Any better pics of the interior, seems like the photos are taken in a way to avoid better views of the car.

    I got mine from ebay out of state, used auto transport specialists I think.

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    Hi there. It looks solid from the pictures. There is the usual epoxy damage likely from leaking brake fluid. In one picture, I can't tell if there is a big panel gap for where the door meets the front quarter panel, or if the door is not completely shut. Some questions I would ask:

    Does it run?
    Was it recently resurrected from a period of storage?
    How does the transmission work?
    When was the last time it was registered and driven?
    What recent work was done to it? Any receipts?

    I would recommend going to see it personally, or at least having someone look at it. For example, if it is the same one posted on a DeLorean facebook page in Illinois, you can perhaps hire DMCMW to evaluate it. If so, this service is well worth it in my opinion.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by DMC-81; 05-13-2018 at 03:49 AM.
    Dana

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1981-DeLore...xa7RNk&vxp=mtr

    This particular car was just on eBay. It appears it is running and had some work done to it. Since the frame appears good, and it runs, I think you did decent at that price point given recent prices. There is one at a similar price point at Beverly Hills Car Club with a rotted frame, which should never sell. It all depends how clean everything else is. The pictures the seller took suck, hopefully, not intentionally.
    Last edited by Hill Valley PD; 05-13-2018 at 08:29 AM.

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    Wasn't there a thread just recently where we were talking about having the Kennedy silver dollar coin on top of the auto trans shifter? This car has one of those too.


    Sept. 81, auto, black interior

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB View Post
    .....Also anyone have any recommendations on a shipping company?
    You can look over some of the posts in this thread: http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?11358

    Pay attention to #4 and #10 from Dave and David T. warning about shipping brokers.

    And there is the usual general warning that if any D is transported facing backward on an open trailer there's a risk the rear louvre will flip open and ruin things unless it's strapped down - which a shipper is unlikely to know about . A closed trailer avoids this risk.

    Good luck with the purchase.
    March '81, 5-speed, black interior

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    Thank you guys for all the info and help! I just wanted to confirm i made the right choice and didnt miss anything. I had to jump on this fast, as we all know when these pop up like this they go within a few minutes.


    Thanks!!

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    Because it is an "out-of-State" sale you must make VERY certain you are getting a '"clean" Title and there are no erasure marks, corrections or typos that could mess up your trying to Title and register it in another State. Also get a Bill of Sale. Some States require it in addition to the signed Title so they can assess fees and taxes on the transaction. You want to get everything you can and not need to go back. When you pick up the car be sure to ask what else goes with it. Oftentimes you get all kinds of stuff just by asking. Manuals, BTTF stuff, spare parts, service records, whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    Wasn't there a thread just recently where we were talking about having the Kennedy silver dollar coin on top of the auto trans shifter? This car has one of those too.
    I didn't see anything about it. But I was wondering why that was there. I just thought the owner put it there.

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