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    The name should be changed from BringA Trailer to Send-an-Enclosed-Car-Hauler....I do enjoy the amazing and unique cars that are offered but far from where they started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveG66 View Post
    The name should be changed from BringA Trailer to Send-an-Enclosed-Car-Hauler....I do enjoy the amazing and unique cars that are offered but far from where they started.
    I agree Steve; I spend the first 10 minutes of my day at work browsing the inventory.

    The $5k cap on auction fees surely attracts the big hitters. Why buy a $1M car at Barrett Jackson for $1.1M with buyer's premium when you could spend $1.005M at BAT? And why pay an 8% consignment fee at BJ? It's $99 at BAT. That's a great business model IMO. Take care of the sellers AND the buyers while handling nothing but the ad writing and presentation. They never handle the car. They don't even handle the transaction after the sale whatsoever.

    If BAT ever IPO'd, I'd be first in line to buy stock.

    There's still a website with plenty of project cars. It's called Craigslist and you have to meet in a Walmart parking lot after dark to buy your cheap wheels.
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    It's a great business model but it annoys me personally because it inflates the asking prices of cars in other sales mediums. Every dingus with a 540i thinks its an M-sport worth more than an M5 now, and every car flipper with a Z3 coupe thinks its worth $70k

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    I wish that BAT had a rule that you can't buy a car from them, spend some money on it, drive it a few miles, then put it back up for sale on BAT 6 months later. This might discourage people who want to use BAT to flip cars.

    Marty

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    I agree with both of you, BAT could easily control, I bet they turn away allot more cars than they auction off. A simple Vin search would allow them to control it better. It does turn me off to the site when I recognize a car that's been sold there before also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveG66 View Post
    I agree with both of you, BAT could easily control, I bet they turn away allot more cars than they auction off. A simple Vin search would allow them to control it better. It does turn me off to the site when I recognize a car that's been sold there before also.
    Though in many ways, they are in business to provide a service, ie, a venue to auction cars off: that's it. It's the marketplace's responsibility, if it so chooses, to not over pay... look at the cases noted above, where they are going for less than the asking prices on the buyer's guide. ... a parallel example is the S52 I'm ending up with: sale price is 25+% under asking price, which was in the thick of buyer's guide price vs mileage spectrum.

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