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    Good to hear you ultimately got a fair price for it, you got absolutely robbed in that auction. No loss being banned from BAT IMO, that place comes off as a circle jerk. Great place to pay too much money for a car - except in this case.
    2000 A4 1.8TQ | 1988 325is | 1976 280Z | 1953 CJ3B

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      Bummer on the process, did you go thinking there was a “ROI”, holiday posting a bad time? Good to hear there’s is a market which will pay more. As I believe your 318is is one of the more genuine cars on Bat. Burkley hit the mail on the head, but I think it’s pretty cool to be banned from BAT.

      I’ve been under a few Bat cars and most are just a bunch of lip stick. I can’t tell you how discussed I get when I see rubberized undercoating hiding stuff and silver paint on oil pans.




      I was up above it, Now I'm down in it ~ Entropy - A Build thread.

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        So what's the deal with the guy that "won" the auction, then? He loses out when he thought he won a great deal?

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          Originally posted by Digitalwave View Post
          So what's the deal with the guy that "won" the auction, then? He loses out when he thought he won a great deal?
          He was not expecting to not be outbid, and is well aware the price it sold for wasn't a reasonable conclusion. Me being banned from BaT was part of him getting his 5% buyers premium returned to him. All is well between us.

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            I'm glad to hear this came out well in the end for all parties.

            Agreed, a ban from BaT is hardly a concern. I "sold" one car on BaT (it did not meet reserve but the highest bidder and I reached an agreement) but will never again. Poor experience. I'd rather wait and sell it directly to someone where I can talk with them about it.

            That being said, they have wonderful pictures of some wonderful cars.


            1991 BMW 318is - AlpineWeiss II
            1991 BMW 318is - DiamondSchwartz
            1988 Acura Integra - Blue
            1973 BMW 2002 Tii - Baikal
            2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 sport - Black

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              Originally posted by moatilliatta View Post
              I’ve been under a few Bat cars and most are just a bunch of lip stick. I can’t tell you how discussed I get when I see rubberized undercoating hiding stuff and silver paint on oil pans.
              Doesn't vapor honing remove anodizing over aluminum surfaces, and those aluminum surfaces will oxidize in a few years?
              Vapor honing was the reason aluminum surfaces in the car look very shiny. Anodized surfaces usually look dull.

              Vapor hone systems use water with abrasive to form slurry that is used for the cleaning effect.

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                Originally posted by burkey001 View Post
                Yeah, really sucks that sell price. What a deal. Easily a 70k car.
                What makes it $20k more expensive than this 510-km iX?

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                  Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                  What makes it $20k more expensive than this 510-km iX?

                  https://www.supervettura.com/Car-Det...86-BMW-325iX/4
                  I'm assuming you're using the price of 48k euros including VAT, which is 65k USD, so not really a big price difference.
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                    Originally posted by rturbo 930 View Post

                    I'm assuming you're using the price of 48k euros including VAT, which is 65k USD, so not really a big price difference.
                    If you want to import a $70,000 vehicle into the UK, I guess you have to add VAT too.
                    If you want to buy a $70,000 vehicle from BaT ($3,500 fee) and register it in California($7,500 tax), it becomes a $80,000 vehicle.

                    If you want to import a £40,000 vehicle to California, it becomes a $60,000 vehicle after paying taxes.

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                      Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                      Doesn't vapor honing remove anodizing over aluminum surfaces, and those aluminum surfaces will oxidize in a few years?
                      Vapor honing was the reason aluminum surfaces in the car look very shiny. Anodized surfaces usually look dull.
                      I'm not aware of any surfaces on the E30 that have anodized aluminum aside from the "chrome" window linings and bumpers (USDM spec)

                      Vapor honing is incredibly gentle, and wouldn't remove anodization anyway. The finish left by VH is oxidation resistant as it gentle shot peens the surface closed. Most of the aluminum on this car was processed years ago and still looks as good as the day it was done.

                      Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                      What makes it $20k more expensive than this 510-km iX?

                      https://www.supervettura.com/Car-Det...86-BMW-325iX/4
                      While I feel this conversation is rather... uh... irrelevant my answer would be desirability.


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                        Glad to hear things worked out in the end! Your experience makes me hesitant to consider listing something on the site or buy something on it. Overall, it makes me think much less of the auction house.

                        Seems like another site dedicated to Porsche and allows other stuff when convenient!
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                          Congrats - I'm happy to hear you were able to finalize a deal with an enthusiast that understands the value of the car.


                          I know more people that had a poor experience with BaT (including myself) rather than good. Unfortunately BaT is now more focused on the $$$ and flash rather than the model they grew into naturally....selling the business to Hearst did nothing positive.

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                            Originally posted by mjweimer View Post
                            I know more people that had a poor experience with BaT (including myself) rather than good. Unfortunately BaT is now more focused on the $$$ and flash rather than the model they grew into naturally....selling the business to Hearst did nothing positive.
                            There are regular classic auctions. I think there is one in Arizona.
                            Why didn't you use them?

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                              Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                              There are regular classic auctions. I think there is one in Arizona.
                              Why didn't you use them?
                              They dont have anywhere near the views, you may get lucky but they also usually are not that type that are wow'd by E30s.
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                                Originally posted by Staszek View Post

                                They dont have anywhere near the views, you may get lucky but they also usually are not that type that are wow'd by E30s.

                                Exactly. BaT has a far reaching presence that allows for a huge audience - which hopefully has a few enthusiasts that want what you are selling. The traditional auctions just don't have the ability to make that happen.

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