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Thoughts on this 2007 Lexus ES 350 for sale?

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Never bought a car from someone in my life so it's very nerve wracking and I don't know any of the steps. Came across this Craigslist posting, does it look like a possible good deal? I was texting the person selling it and he said the title is clean, no accidents and they are looking to sell it because they want to upgrade to an SUV.

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Yes and no.

You have to be careful. It could be all on the up and up, or it could be a scam.

There are many YouTube videos you can watch, that tell you how to buy a car from a private individual without getting taken for a ride. There are many others that tell you how to know if you are buying a good used car, or a piece of junk. Then, you need to know the average price that this year ES350 are selling for in your area. Search the AutoTrader for results in your state/province, so you'll know if the price is legit, or too good to be true. After doing that, find a good mechanic who can put the car on a hoist. look it over, and evaluate it as worth buying.

As well, you must verify that the car has no liens, isn't stolen, and that the seller is the legal owner of the car.

You have some homework to do first ... don't jump in without having done it.


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How do you make sure it has no liens and what does that even mean?

How do you find out if it has or hasn't been stolen before?

And how do you find out for sure if the seller is the legal owner of the car or not?

Also, side does "emissions testing/smog testing/inspection/etc." for most states normally work in terms of buying from a dealer or private seller. In both cases, do you still have to go and get it tested on your own after purchasing before you register the vehicle in your name or do you not have to when you buy from a dealer or private seller because they have already done it for you?

EDIT: I asked him for the vin number and he gave it to me. I ran a report on some site called and it said it had no accident records found, no theft records found, no junk salvage records found (does this part mean it's confirming that it's a clean title like he said?

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