This is not Elise-specific, but is a fraud warning to anyone here selling a car online to make room for the Elise.
Beware internet scams. My story so far: I received an email after advertising the car on Auto-Trader.com The buyer requested more photos and then offered $4,000 for my modified '79 Rx-7. I agreed and the buyer said he would send a cashier's check for $7,800 to me. Upon receipt of the check I was to cash the check, retain $4,000 for myself, and immediately forward $3,800 to his shipping agent so the car could be shipped to the UK. Therein lies the scam: The check is bogus, but once the funds are sent to his "shipping agent's" account- those funds are gone forever. My bank won't discover the fraud for several days- and they would look to me for the missing $3,800.
Use common sense-
1. Who would pay $3,800 to send a left-hand drive 25-year-old Rx-7 to England?
2. The borrower never asked a question about the car's conditions, modifications, etc.
3. Check arrives via FedEx from "Country Code: NG" = Nigeria!
4. Very fine print on check says "for VA use only" (Veterans Admin)
5. Buyer does not provide his or his shipper's physical addresses
So, I'm stringing this guy along for as long as I can, just to mess with him- and provide water-cooler conversation here at work. So far he's paid for an international FedEx and two overseas (I think) phone calls. Who knows where he is, really? I think I'll take the check to the Bank of America branch tomorrow to report it.