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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.


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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!
                  -Nick

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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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                            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.
                            Aluminum surface can oxide over a few years dependent on climate and use, I usually recommend a treatment of boshielld T9 and repeat dependent of use.

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                              Originally posted by mjweimer View Post


                              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.
                              But cars are sold sight-unseen on BaT. It means that everybody wants a low-mileage manual non-golden-color excellent-Carfax E30.

                              It's like a dating website. Everybody wants a 25-year-old tall rich blond.

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                                Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                                But cars are sold sight-unseen on BaT. It means that everybody wants a low-mileage manual non-golden-color excellent-Carfax E30.

                                It's like a dating website. Everybody wants a 25-year-old tall rich blond.
                                Ha Ha - yep. The allure of BaT vs. Ebay or other similar sight-unseen auctions is that they "curate" the offerings. In reality this does nothing to protect the seller or buyer, has zero meaning for the quality of the car, and only improves the chances for a sale...on which they profit. It's quite brilliant.

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