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Post by bwms on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi All,

just joined your forum after reading alot of the posts over the last few weeks.

I've been interested in a micro pickup for a while and had decided a Suzuki was the way to go (I know my way around the engine). Now I suspect a Hijet is superior.

I've had a watch on Ebay for months. In the last two days I've seen a couple of pickups I was interested in. All were quite far away from home. I sent questions to the sellers to try and "weed-out" simple stuff that would stop me viewing. Over yesterday and today, both auctions have been cancelled shortly afterwards. Am I being paranoid? It seems to me (an ebay user for 8 years and have previously bought a car from Ebay although as a classified ad), everyone is "selling this for a friend", has 100% positive feedback but then cancels their auction early seemingly without consequence or is selling something like a pick-up when their feedback is for few hundred pounds worth of kids toys they have purchased.

Put me out of my misery. I'd like a tidy cheap Hijet (preferably pickup) for a project to play with. Ex-council would be ideal but I can't seem to find any auctions that sell 'em. Great little forum, please keep it going!

Cheers,
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Re: Ebay morality

Post by Logi on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:28 pm

bwms wrote:Hi All,

just joined your forum after reading alot of the posts over the last few weeks.

I've been interested in a micro pickup for a while and had decided a Suzuki was the way to go (I know my way around the engine). Now I suspect a Hijet is superior.

Cheers,
Aidan

Of course it is, you can't fit a Fireblade in a Suzuki Carry Smile

Would you buy a vehicle sight unseen off Ebay? I wouldn't. I would go and see it in person and make an offer, which with Ebay selling fees ever heading skywards is the way to go.

There are a few posted up on here from Scumtree etc, keep an eye out & welcome to the forum. Very Happy
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Post by Logi on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:29 pm

Oh and your location always helps if anyone spots one.... Wink
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Post by 8bit-ash on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:14 pm

Lots of people sell vehicles outside of ebay to avoid the fee's so its probably just that. Oh and Welcome
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Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:17 pm

My wife bought a car unseen on ebay it was listed as a mk 2 hatch escort it was however a mk3 but we paid £41 and drove it home and still have it 8 years later it is a bit luck of the draw and the cancelling of auctions is to avoid fees and selling off site in a lot of cases.
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Post by bwms on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:49 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for that. I guess I hadn't looked at it that way. Buying through and paying via Ebay doesn't really make any difference to me so I suppose I should just get on the phone to advertisers pronto. I get suspicious though and wonder why these people don't have their own accounts, why do they need a friend to sell stuff?

I am on a break from the two wheeled toys but I take your word for it about the Blade. Why would you want to put it in a Carry anyway? . . . sod the Suzuki and ride the b**ger there Very Happy

Have filled in profile stuff now.

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Post by HighlyJetted on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:25 pm

As a seller it makes a huge difference, sellers fee's and paypal swallow about 22% of your sale price which is what makes offers tempting plus it stops comebacks on the deal. Paypal protect buyers but not the seller. I have done the hunt for a pickup, and its pretty tough. They are thin on the ground compared to vans and mpv's. But such cool little toy trucks.

Have you test drove any yet? What did you think of the leg room in a pickup?
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Post by bwms on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:06 pm

Hi Highly,

I've sold stuff on ebay before but not really thought about the fees, for me it was a recycling exercise and a few quid to spend on other stuff lol.

I've never driven a Jet or a carry. I've just sold a Jimny that I had for more than three years. Totally different to my day car and really fun.

Although I primarily want a van/pickup for a project, carrying my various toys around and taking rubbish to the dump (strangely this occurs more than it should), if I got one I was happy driving, I do a 140 mile daily commute and something easier on the fuel would be useful.

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Post by waz on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:13 pm

I had my jet on gumtree but got no response, put it in ebay and bugger me next day got a call from a chap seen it on gumtree ans bought it. £10 fee to ebay so musn't grumble.

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Post by PFM on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:40 pm

Welcome - I'd ring round the auction houses in your area - one of them must deal with the ex-council stuff.

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Post by bushwhacker on Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:20 pm

Pickup in Brighton. Bit too far I should imagine though?

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/daihatsu-hijet-pickup/100865275
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Re: Ebay morality

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:26 pm

BARGAIN!!! Don't temp me Mad
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Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:01 pm

bwms wrote:Although I primarily want a van/pickup for a project, carrying my various toys around and taking rubbish to the dump (strangely this occurs more than it should), if I got one I was happy driving, I do a 140 mile daily commute and something easier on the fuel would be useful.

I meant to say that there are some quirks with taking a hijet to the tip...

An mpv is seen by my local tips as a car, as it has windows up the sides. Where a hijet panel van requires a tip permit, and as does the pickup. Odd it may seem, but that's how our local council handle their trade waste policy.

On top of that, my pickup has so little leg room. As the seats are restricted by the rear bulk head I struggle to get my knees past the steering column when getting in and out.

And maybe read the Road tax posts on the forum, as they all seem to have different rates of road tax on them.

I'd also like to find out how the M6 toll road charges for the use of the toll road... do you have to pay the same as a transit Rolling Eyes
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Post by bushwhacker on Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:59 pm

Our local tip just takes the view that if the vehicle can go under the height barrier then it is ok; if not, it is classed as trade and you pay.

When the M6 toll opened I used it just after Christmas. Special deal going up but when I came back I got charged the same as a juggernaut! When I queried it by email I was just told they couldn't understand why I was complaining as it was stated as policy on their website -- as if you are going to consult websites when travelling.

Needless to say I have no intention of using that road again!


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Re: Ebay morality

Post by bwms on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:11 pm

Okay, so I went to see my first Hijet. Classified ad on ebay. £1295, year 2000, 55k miles, part exchange to clear. Overall condition was appropriate for age, except I could poke holes through the rear arches with my pinkie Exclamation Need to kiss a few more frogs I guess Very Happy
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Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:12 am

So not a pickup then?

Sounds about right though, but if you work your way through all the rot you'll find a good one somewhere.

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Post by bushwhacker on Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:36 pm

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Re: Ebay morality

Post by bwms on Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:26 pm

It does yeah. Was little put off by replacement steering wheel and gearstick (I know, I shouldnt be so silly).

It was sold today though.

Hoping to arrange to see another on sat.

Keep the suggestions coming though please Very Happy
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