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Old 16 Nov 2011, 04:46 am
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Default Do you think this is a completely bogus and amateur inspection report (on an eBay Civic)?

It's a 1998 Honda Civic HX with about 104,000 miles. I got an inspection from, they do a very basic inspection which doesn't constitute much mechanical inspection. They took it on a test drive and the report said it started in 2nd gear, but the thing is it's an automatic with the CVT so I'm not sure how that's possible. He also said it seemed sluggish. The seller says the transmission is fine, and that he has personally driven the car over 500 miles without problems. He has 100% positive feedback with 273 sales, included a full history report in the listing and specifically encouraged prospective buyers to feel free to get an independent inspection.

The report says there's no CD player. There's a factory CD player right in the dash, the seller sent me close-up pictures. The report says the hood release cable is broken, the seller says the cable is fine but the cap just broke off and he's already ordered a new one. The hood is open in the pictures. The report shows several really minor dings which aren't even noticeable in some of the pictures and labels the part of the car where they are as being in "very poor" condition because of them.

The seller tells me the guy obviously knew nothing about the car and this is apparent. He may not have known anything about a CVT or about Hondas, while the seller appears to know a bit about them. This seller has a good reputation and this inspection company doesn't necessarily. I just ordered their inspection because they're partnered with eBay now so that was a lot simpler than contacting some local mechanic and trying to arrange something myself.

My question is this: The report was obviously put together by an amateur, yet he still brings up an issue with the transmission. Do you think there's any credibility in his claim to transmission issues even if he may not have known much about what was wrong with it? The report was very simple and vague, it didn't expand on the details of anything mentioned, it simply said that the transmission started in 2nd and was sluggish. I still want to have the car checked out by a local shop or dealership when I go to get it (it's 8 hours away), before I pay and take it home. But now I'm fairly worried there could be a major problem or problems that the seller may even have been unaware of.

Here is the report:

And the listing, technically he already accepted my offer so it's ended but I haven't paid yet and he's willing to let me change my mind if I find out there are major problems:

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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:02 am
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he might be right but im not sure id trust it. id take it to a shop wen u go to get the car and make sure everything is ok and if it is then get it if not then do watever u think u wanna do
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:16 am
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Sounds like they just paid the cheapest guy they can find to do the inspection, typical of that sort of service. The way its described is exactly how i would expect who has never driven a cvt to react to its performance. He also probably just glanced at the headunit and said there is no cd player, taking to seconds would reveal it in an unconventional spot low on the dash. Sounds like a good car.
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:32 am
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why are u buying cars on ebay

theres lot on craigslist that runs really well and you can also get it inspected too
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