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RE: 1986 944 in PA Buyer Beware

I've been corresponding with the seller recently and I've found some issues that potential buyers should be aware of before moving forward. I sent a note to the seller asking him to explain how I have found details about he car that he has decided to ignore. I think it should be removed from pelican parts entirely, but that's an admins call. For reference, here's the seller's listing:

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http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showthread.php?threadid=325989
(read the thread before reading on)

Specific claims include:

Seller Claims (via email and listing thread above)
The car is in excellent mechanical shape
Purchased over the summer
New Sony stereo
Fiancee damaged the front fender in his garage (this is the most troubling, as you'll see later)
He has a replacement fender but no time to get it painted
New(er) engine over a year ago
New master cylinder

After getting the VIN number I found the following:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-944_W0QQitemZ270032049082QQcmdZViewItem
(the seller purchased the car in October 2006)

http://www.ssautosource.com/inventory/porsche944.htm
(Previous owner's dealership listing of the same car with photos)

Based on the car fax report the car was purchased in October 2006, not exactly the summer as the seller claims.
The previous owner put in a new stereo, which can be seen in the photos. The current owner claims he put in a new stereo (both say Sony)
Previous owner states nothing about the new engine, even though the new seller claims it was replaced a year ago.
Previous owner states that the same front fender is damaged and needs to be repaired. The current owner claims this wasn't damaged when he bought it....humm...
Current owner has a lot of interest in the car and potential buyers should act quickly....

I thought a site like pelican parts would bring together real enthusiasts. I'm a new member and this is the first seller I have contacted. It doesn't seem much different from craigslist or some shady dealer.
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Ad has been pulled, ironically after the seller complained about this post, which seems to have very valid, credible information in it.

-Wayne
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Wayne, nice job taking quick action on a dubious seller!
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