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Auto Torque / Re: BaT / Bring a trailer... legit??
« Last post by karmann_20v on Today at 01:02 PM »
I view BaT as a lower risk alternative to Ebay, from a buyers perspective. They seem to have a certain standard of car that they are pushing for and as far as the car variety it definitely looks very interesting. 
Look Stan!  Another W116 with column shift.  ;) 
Auto Torque / Re: BaT / Bring a trailer... legit??
« Last post by UTn_boy on Today at 09:10 AM »
When I was selling my 6.9 I approached BaT to list it.  Long story short, they wouldn't allow me to list it with a set reserve because it needed paint. ....I'm still not sure how that is a determining factor.   I was told that It would have to be listed as an auction with no reserve with a starting bid of $100.  So basically, if the auction ended and the highest bid was $2,000 I would have essentially given the car away.  The thing is when it comes to an auction it's the sellers prerogative as to whether or not a reserve is to be put in place, not the listing agents decision.....that's just the way it's been since the dawn of time with auctions.  When I explained that to BaT, they simply said, ver batum, "We're sorry you feel that way.  Have a nice life."   They're extremely conceited and exude a "better than thou" attitude.  Hence, my, and many other peoples, disdain for BaT.

As the others have said, it's somewhat entertaining to read the comments.  You get a mix of off the wall comments and legitimate fact filled comments.  Plenty of wanna be's and know it all's on there, but that's anywhere you go.   It's definitely the place to go if you want to overpay for a car, and definitely the place to go if you feel like trying to falsely increase a cars value.  As with any auction house or auction website, it's the worst place to go to buy a car.  It's a sellers dream for obvious reasons, but again 95% of the cars end up selling for double to quadruple more than they're worth.  So it's a "pick your poison" type of event.  Those of us on here love our W116 cars, and are very protective of them remaining affordable to buy and maintain. The last thing we want if for them to price themselves out of existence because of places like ebay or BaT.

Is BaT a legitimate entity?  Yes and no.  "Yes" because it is a real, albeit unfortunate and tragic, entity, but more "no" due to the bias and price gouging.   
Test Drive / Re: Introducing myself and my two newly acquired W116's...
« Last post by Peter on Yesterday at 07:00 PM »
Hi Steve and welcome, I see the addiction of the W116 hit you fast and what a couple of beauties you have there. The gray is perfect in my eyes, top condition and many decades of fun motoring ahead.  8)
Test Drive / Re: Introducing myself and my two newly acquired W116's...
« Last post by Ronin2 on Yesterday at 04:48 PM »
Luckily, the Silver green 78 lived in Houston, Texas, A relatively dry climate and was garaged all its life. The anthracite 1980 lived in Oyster Bay NY and was never driven in  bad weather / winters and was in a climate heated garage all its life. Neither car has any rust on body or undercarriage and now, in my care they both live in garages in Southern California.

Not to burst your bubble, and perhaps your duo is the exception, but these 116's hide rust like you cannot believe.  A very common rust spot is below the fuse box due to poor drain design.  If this spot is dry on yours count yourself VERY lucky as it is in such a prick of a spot to work in.  Undercoating might appear fine but might be hiding a nice rust cancer spreading underneath.  Check out Kent @ mercedessouce (youtube channel and website, he has lots of vids of addressing rust.  He tends to drone on a bit and can be annoying at times but he has a ton of good info and experience on old benzes, well worth a gander.  Here are a few:

I watched the videos and few others he has out.. checked the 1978 and there was no rust in the areas he highlighted in his videos... and I had my shop check and there was no rust reported under the fuse box... Waiting for delivery of the grey 1980 on Tuesday to check it out more closely.

Thanks for the links and advice !!!!
Another AMG W116 with column shift. I guess that's not so rare, after all. I guess now with the mold and garbage inside it's Euro trash. And white trash. Haha. I'll take the chrome wheel arches for spares.
Auto Torque / Re: BaT / Bring a trailer... legit??
« Last post by rumb on Yesterday at 11:04 AM »
I think the cars on there get thourghly vetted. every now and then there is a bargain. lots of experts and idiots making comments, but you can learn something sometimes. you usually get over 100+ pictures, which is way more than probably any other site.
Auto Torque / Re: BaT / Bring a trailer... legit??
« Last post by daantjie on Yesterday at 07:40 AM »
I for one enjoy BAT for the peanut gallery comments and throw my 2c in here and there.  For the most part it's fun and informative though you get some toolbags on there of course.  Cannot comment on how the actual buying/selling is on there, and I have read some complaints on other forums on how BAT actually runs the back end, but it is enormously popular, so they must be doing something right I guess. They must be making a killing for sure. I take it with a pinch of salt, and enjoy the often rare Benzes they auction off.  Recently there have even been some 600's on there, so it is the place to go if you want to see some rare and unusual cars for sure.
Auto Torque / BaT / Bring a trailer... legit??
« Last post by Ronin2 on Yesterday at 06:48 AM »
I just found Bring a Trailer site. Lots of bad reviews. Has anyone used the site? Is it legit or not?
Mechanicals / Re: New W116 owner with tire questions.....
« Last post by Ronin2 on Yesterday at 06:28 AM »
Actually, the Michelin Defender is reradilly available in the 215 70 R14 size...Thanks for the advice.... 8)

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