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Old 07-20-2010, 07:52 PM
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Looking at a potential 1985 300d for sale. I would like a mechanic to look at it.

I have been looking at a potential 1985 300d for sale. I would like a mechanic to look at it. It's currently at a dealership. I live about 2 1/2 hours away from the vehicle how could I set something up like this? Do I have to find a mechanic in the same town as the car? If so how do I know if the shop is even reputable?

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:19 PM
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I would suggest the following:
  1. Have one of the moderators move your thread to the Diesel Discussion.
  2. Update your profile to include your location.
  3. Ask if anyone lives near and would do you favor of putting 2 eyes on it and checking for rust, rust, blowby, and rust.
  4. Then if it warrants a Prepurchase Inspection, ask around for names of shops that are near the car that could perform such. Recognize that the dealer selling the car may or may not want to accomodate such a request.
Good Luck!
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Sold last car --- 05/2012 1984 300D Light Ivory, Red interior
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:56 PM
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How can I get a mod to move this post? I also changed my profile to include my location. Thanks for helping me out.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:10 PM
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Napa Auto Parts have what's called AutoCare centers - these indy garages are picked by the local store owners to be honest, quality shops. It's not a guarantee you'll find an honest shop, but it's sure a good step. Either call the local Napa store in that area or search the Napa website for the local AutoCare. Then call that shop, explain what you're trying to do, agree on a price for the inspection, then get it done.

I've done this on two occasions and the shop was glad to do a $100 inspection; both times, they were EXTREMELY thorough.
- Brian

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:46 PM
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Napa is hard to beat. Make sure they do full vehicle rust check to include the area under the battery.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:41 PM
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thanks for the help everyone

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