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Old 09-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Asking about in Florida


Does anybody have any experience or feedback on Asking about in Orlando, FL? Searched the Web and found little commentary. They have quite a few P-cars in stock at any given time and they're only about 3 hrs drive from me (southern Florida). I realize that much of their stock is purchased from front line dealers, so they likely have little background about the cars, other than immediate impressions. I've been watching Ebay, Rennlist and PP for an 87-89 911 for months now and still haven't seen one I've wanted to chase down. Not wanting red or black definitely cuts down on the options. So I'm starting to consider dealers.

I brought a Mercedes 300SL up from Florida a several years ago. Bought it from a second hand dealer (the tied on toupee should have been a dead giveaway). Although its been a pretty good car overall, many of its flaws were intentionally hidden. I'd rather not go through it again.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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I live in Oralando - I've been there once. They seem to be nice guys, I've heard a lot of their cars are sold on consignment. They may be willing to bring the car to a local independant shop for a PPI.

Let me know if you'd like me to stop in and look at something in person for you.

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Old 09-15-2012, 01:34 AM   #3
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If there is a big gouge or scratch in the paint, they ain't showing it in any pictures or telling you about it. The local guy that gets referred around there to do PPI's also does a ton of work for them and may not be entirely forthright either. When the car I purchased from them arrived my first reaction was WTF. Missing cover over light by hand break was neither shown in pictures nor mentioned in PPI. Same goes for a couple of huge scratches on front right quarter panel. They where nice enough on the phone but it's definitely a buyer beware set up. I could go on but no need. Think of their description like an EGL cert compared to GIA. Downgrade to notches and go from there.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by victorltd View Post
....They where nice enough on the phone but it's definitely a buyer beware set up. I could go on but no need. Think of their description like an EGL cert compared to GIA. Downgrade to notches and go from there.
Thank you for this post. There isn't really anything on the web in reviews but I knew a forum would have real info. This forum post was on the 2nd page when using google for "Auto Yard Shop reviews"

A good eye can tell when the obvious photos are not shown or oddly composed/cropped which is always a "tell" for me.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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I wasn't having any luck selling my vehicle by myself so I found Auto Yard Shop online and went with them. The evaluation they have given was very, very good. Keith was a wonderful salesman. Great guy to work with and made sure that I was kept up to date on what was going on. He sold my vehicle. The only general comment I have is when my daughter had an ice cream truck for sale and we had some misunderstanding on how that should have been listed. It was listed as a truck rather than under ice cream truck, so we didn't have any luck selling that. That was just kind of a mix-up. But all in all, our experience was very satisfactory.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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I just purchased a 1987 Porsche 911 Targa from Auto Yard Shop about 3 weeks ago. You can find images of it on the Auto Yard Shop website in their recently sold Items. My car is a track car, so it is modified and the paint is not perfect and if there is a minor glitch here or there, I honestly wouldn�t notice or probably care. Function over form for me although I do think my new 911 is quite sharp and in good condition for a 26 year old car that has been on the track regularly. So, I hope this helps.

My dealing with Auto Yard Shop on this purchase was extremely smooth and without a single hiccup. I live locally but honestly, I think they are really well set up for the remote buyer. All my dealings till the final signing of the paperwork were through email or phone calls due to my work schedule. I received call backs or email replies within an extremely short amount of time, usually less than an hour. I received the plates and registration very quickly too.

Another poster talks about a person who does PPI for Auto Yard Shop. I believe that person is also my mechanic and I�ve been a customer of his shop since the beginning back in the 1990s. My mechanic specializes in air cooled Porsches and has raced them previously and is active with the PCA chapter. Since I have never owned a Porsche before, I relied heavily on my mechanic to give me an accurate review of the car especially the mechanical elements. He spent over an hour inspecting it, and more time giving it an extended road test. Of course I do have an advantage here that if there was something missed, he would have to face me in the future. There are many places in FL to obtain a PPI. There is a dealership and several good import shops.

If you find something you are serious about, I would be willing to take a look at it for you. Just understand that I�m no expert but can spot some obvious stuff and would give you an independent viewpoint.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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I too live locally and have dealt with Auto Yard Shop. they have a lot of used vehicles, boats, RV's, etc and the sales people seemed to have a general knowledge about their Items but when I asked deeper question about the conditions of a 964 I was interested in they seem to not know much (could have been just that salesman). Anyway I never bought a car from them but I did "sit" in a few since they don't do rolling test drives (or startups) unless a deal is in place. maybe it was just me, I don't look like the typical "Porsche" owner. when sales people make blanket statements like "they all leak a little" doesn't make me want to pull my wallet out.

thankfully we have an awesome Porsche dealer here in town that is very reputable and can do a PPI.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:00 AM   #8
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I was interested in a Volvo XC60 from Auto Yard Shop one time. I do not live locally so I shot them an email. The description of the car was "perfect carfax".

Auto Yard Shop made it easy, quick and enjoyable. I've already recommended Auto Yard Shop to several friends and will call them first when the time comes for my next car.
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