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Announcements in Forum : Complete Cars - Private
08-18-2009 until 09-18-2030
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Classifieds Guidelines - Read before posting

We have compiled a list of rules and suggestions that, if followed, will create a more efficient, effective and safe marketplace, ultimately delivering an improved user experience:

Selling or buying an item
  • When creating a new thread, the thread title should begin with one the following abbreviations:
    • FS = 'For Sale' threads
    • FT = 'For Trade' threads
    • FS/FT = 'For Sale' or 'For Trade' threads
    • WTB = 'Want to Buy' threads
  • List your sale price or what you want to pay for something.
  • List your geographic location if it is not in your User Profile.
  • Provide as much information about the item, location and price in the title. Example - FS: ACS Sedan roof spoiler - New - $150 OBO
  • Provide as much information as possible. Prospective buyers may want to know:
    • What the item is, what it does.
    • The condition of the item: new, used in perfect shape, used in fair shape, etc.
    • Does it fit a sedan, coupe, M3.
    • Is it model specific: 323/325/328/330/M3.
    • Why you're selling.
  • If you're selling OEM parts list the part number. Real OEM is an excellent web site for sourcing BMW part numbers: http://www.realoem.com
  • List everything that is included with the sale, condition the item(s), and if you will ship the item. If the item is damaged or broken, please reveal this information. Again, be as descriptive as possible.
  • Post pictures of the item you are selling. No one is going to buy anything without seeing pictures of it. Visuals attract more interest. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Update your thread once the item is sold or when you have found the item you were looking for. "Sold" or "Found the Item" will suffice.
Selling or buying a car
  • When creating a new thread, the thread title should begin with one the following abbreviations:
    • FS = 'For Sale' threads
    • FT = 'For Trade' threads
    • FS/FT = 'For Sale' or 'For Trade' threads
    • WTB = 'Want to Buy' threads
  • When selling a complete car, post the year, model and price in the title. Example - FS: Ti Silver '03 330i - $15K OBO
  • Provide as much information as possible. Prospective buyers may want to know:
    • Year, make, model
    • Exterior/Interior color
    • How many miles has the car been driven?
    • Is the car covered under an original factory warranty, a Certified Pre-Owned warranty, or is it covered under a third-party extended service contract?
    • Has the car been serviced regularly? Was service and maintenance performed by the dealer? Do you have service, maintenance or repair records?
    • Does it have a manual, automatic, Steptronic or SMG transmission?
    • Does the car have Sport, Premium, Cold Weather or other packages?
    • Does the car have navigation or iDrive?
    • Is the car equipped with any other factory or dealer installed packages or options?
    • If it is to your advantage, also list the KBB value of the car
    • Have any after-market modifications been made to the car? If so list them
  • Post pictures! No one is going to by a car without seeing it. Visuals attract more interest. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. If there are issue with the car, post pictures of those as well.
  • List any other items that comes with the car. Spare tires, snow tires, car cover, etc.
  • Multiple listings for the same item across different Classified Forums is not allowed. Do not post your item more than once.
  • Do not 'hijack' a thread or reply to a thread with an item that you have for sale.
  • Send a Private Message if you would like to negotiate a price or make an offer.
  • The Classifieds are not a forum to express your opinions on a product or item, or post disparaging comments about the seller. Replies that negatively influence the sale of an item will be deleted and the offending member will receive infractions or an outright ban.
  • E46Fanatics.com prohibits the sale of copied, cracked, or pirated software. Selling illegal software will result in infractions or an outright ban.
  • The Classified Forums are reserved for private party sales. Commercial advertisements from non-sponsors are prohibited.
  • Any member advertising goods for sale that is not fulfilling his or her end of an agreed upon bargain will be summarily banned from E46Fanatics.
Safe Transactions
To make sure you're protected work out the terms of the transaction between you and the other party in advance. Here are some tips -
  • Make sure the terms are clear and comfortable for both parties
  • Paypal or other online money sending services offer some payment projection
  • Sending paypal funds as a gift removed all payment projections so be careful
  • Any offers to send you a money order for an amount GREATER then the transaction is a scam
  • For more tips see the list from the Internet Crime center below
Common Sense
The Internet Crime Complaint Center - a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center have provided ten tips on how to avoid Internet frauds:
  • Be cautious if dealing with individuals outside of your own country
  • Be wary if the seller only accepts wire transfers or cash
  • Contact the financial institution on which a cashier's check was drawn to ensure legitimacy.
  • Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
  • Be watchful of spelling errors, grammar problems, or inconsistent information.
  • Be cautious of emails requiring you to provide your personal and/or banking information.
  • Be suspicious of any unsolicited email requesting personal information.
  • Be cautious if you are asked to ship packages to an "overseas home office."
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Please use discretion and common sense when conducting business on the Internet. Please click the following link for more information on how to protect yourself when buying or selling on the web: http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/internetschemes.htm
These guidelines are here for everyone's benefit. They will make the classifieds a fun and safe place to buy and sell. We appreciate everyone's cooperation!

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