Is Selling a Car With Bank Transfer Safe — Not Necessarily

On Full Fat RR today someone asked if it was safe to sell a car with a bank transfer, the short answer is no.  One of the most common scams is when someone doesn’t wire money but instead deposits a check in another branch, or deposits an echeck those both can later bounce.  In fact you can withdraw the whole amount and put it into another account, but if it’s a bad check you will be responsible to repay that even out of another account (in the USA).

The best way to do this is with a cashiers check at a bank.  A wire transfer should be positively confirmed a wire transfer as they can electronic check can appear the same way.

 

Take-Aways:

  1. Keep the title, but release car, until the echeck, deposit to another branch, or “wire” clears or until you can positviely verify the transaction was a wire and not a deposit or e check.
  2. Internet escrow and wiring payment to pay for a car is almost always a scam.
  3. The more you can do at the bank the better, from meeting, cashing the check of the buyer (out of their account) and taking cash directly from bank, the better in my opinion.

 

 

 

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Range Rover Autobiography vs Range Rover Westminster
Nov03

Range Rover Autobiography vs Range Rover Westminster

 

In the UK Range Rover Autobiography initially meant a Range Rover was spec’d and completed on their Special Vehicles line, then with the early L322 it meant a certain amount of owner customization, in 2010/09 Autobiography came in-line with the USA vernacular and represented the highest level trim outside of special editions and Autobiography Black, Ultimate, and SVAutobiography. This post mainly deals with the USA, North American Spec Autobiography and Westminster.

Westminster’s seem to feature contrasting two tone oxford leather vs the upgraded semi-aniline.  Range Rover Westminster seems to have different wheels and some leather on the center console, RSE and, 4 zone climate they also have additional wood on the shift knob.

Range Rover Autobiography seems to be a step above the Westminster and features a full leather dash and more leather all around including headliner after 2010.  They are so closely appointed its difficult to say one is better, Westminster’s seem to have more wood, Autobiographies more Leather. Range Rover

RR Westminster has half wood steering wheel, wood shifters & wood parking brake if possible, stainless steel steering wheel spokes, stainless pedals.  Range Rover Westminster feature unique wheels and are all supercharged in the USA.  They all have Rear Seat Entertainment, and 4 Zone Climate if applicable.  Some Range Rover Westminster’s have unique color combinations.

Range Rover Westminster seem to be limited to 300 per year and is available in Santorini Black or Stornoway Grey (at least for 09) but I have heard quotes of 500 per year.  The RR Westminster have the SC leather in a unique two-tone color combination.

Autobiography have upgraded Stereos standard.

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Range Rover Drive Denver to Sedona, AZ
Nov03

Range Rover Drive Denver to Sedona, AZ

This is one of the great “drives” in the world.  There’s nothing like being in the middle of gods country with a 4×4. It’s about a 12 hour trip through some of the most beautiful country in America.

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There are three ways to take the trip.  One is via i70 then down through MOAB/Arches which is beautiful and is likely the best way.

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You can also cut through CO on 285 in a diagonal traveling through the 4-Corners to flagstaff then down which is another amazing trip.

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The fun part about getting to Sedona is the main road is actually an offroad trail off of the highway, and the other way to get there is 89a, voted one of the most beautiful roads in America.

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While you travel you are surrounded by beauty, history, native american culture, and scenic offroading.

 

 

I’ll add more to this post later.  I’ve taken this trip several times, we averaged 20.8MPG in a Jag 4.4 HSE

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Cross Country in a Range Rover 4.4 L322 vs 4.6 HSE P38a

We choose a 2006 Range Rover to go 1800 miles on i80 then 1700 on beach route 50 to i70. She purred the whole way except when “flooring” the gas to the click button, which would cause an awkward double downshift scenario.  Other than that she ate up cargo and provided a safe, reliable means of first class transportation.

We took 3 days and 2 nights to go up i80 to NYC and CT via i95. It was an uneventful trip and the low ambient summer temperatures allowed the Cooper Zeon LTZ to retain almost all original tread it had before the trips.

Mechanical Preperations:  THIS REST OF THIS POST IS NOW COVERED IN OUR RANGE ROVER BUYERS GUIDE

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Pennsylvania Gulch

Pennsylvania Gulch is at the end of Sugarloaf Mountain Road.  The part we ran was cool with uphill climbs horizontally inclined but the trail and trees are in such a way that they often brush against your car.  We ran the trail for about a mile before turning back (not easy on this trail) because we didn’t want to scratch up Coco.

Definitely not a trail to run in a nice land rover.

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