Believe It Or Not
Don’t believe anything you are told about the car. You must be able to verify claims yourself. Determine on your own whether it is a good deal for you. That means you’ll have to do research before you can even think about making an offer. If the car is sold it may have been the best thing ever to happen. Ask to see evidence to back up any claims about the car. If it’s supposed to be a rare one-of-X build, then you’ll need to see paperwork to back that up. Ask if there are photos of it before it was taken apart. Use the code books to verify the vehicle’s true identity.
“I’ve got everything you need to finish the car,” is never true. Keep in mind that not all of the parts that come with the car will be useable. If the parts are all just thrown in boxes, you’ll have to assume that a lot of them are missing and that it will take you considerable time to sort them out. There are literally thousands of small parts to account for, and short of doing a complete inventory–which would take days to do–it is impossible to know exactly what will be needed. Expect to have to locate and purchase more than you think.
Also, never accept that a car in primer is “all ready for paint.” Primer can actually be a negative because there is no way to know what’s hiding under it. There are too many deals where body filler and primer have been used to cover up bad body work, rust, and more.