Pre buy piper or Mooney in sw Ohio.

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  1. southallb

    southallb Pre-Flight

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    looking to purchase piper Cherokee or Mooney and want to line up someone to do the pre buy. Any suggestions around SW Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky?
     
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    There is a A&P IA at Butler County Airport (Hamilton Ohio, just north of Cincinnati) that might be able to help out. I can ask if he is interested, I know he has worked on both types of aircraft.
     
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    Excel air in Indiana is a great group.
     
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    southallb Pre-Flight

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    Thanks. Still looking for a plane, but want to have someone lined up.
     
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    It's probably worth finding someone from a Mooney service center to do the pre-buy on a Mooney.

    Also, you might want to cast your net wider than just your local area when it comes to buying an airplane.
     
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    southallb Pre-Flight

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    I am sure that would help in locating a plane. Question, is it common for folks to buy a plane site unseen? That "feels" like a bad idea to me, but I am by no means an airplane evaluator...so other than cosmetics (which should be attainable from pictures), would a buyer really need to see the aircraft in person? As long as you have a trusted representative, I guess that makes sense. Thoughts?
     
  7. MooneyDriver78

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    I would not buy sight unseen. Couple of options:
    Locate a independent broker near your aircraft that you are interested in, offer them a reasonable fee to spend a couple of hours to go look at the plane for you.
    Join piper or Mooney forums and if one comes up, many either are aware of it or maybe someone close to it will do you a favor and look at for you.
    The above doesn’t replace the PPI, it’s more of is the plane properly represented as advertised inspection.

    First I would narrow down your choices, not just M vs P, but which model(s) you are interested in.


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    Will Berninger at Whitewater Aviation, Cincinnati West Airport.

    He worked on the 310 for 3 years. Did great work.
     
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    I wouldn't do it sight unseen.

    I've been involved in buying four airplanes, and the way it works is that we agree on a preliminary price, travel to see the plane, check out the logbooks, adjust the price if necessary, sign a prepurchase agreement and fork over a deposit, fly the plane, get a prebuy inspection done, and then go pick the plane up and fly it home.
     
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    In this century, you can now check out the electronic copies of the logbooks in the beginning, avoiding any adjustment.


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    :rolleyes:

    It depends if the broker is in this century and has them scanned. The best ones do, but they're still in the minority.

    Also, the adjustment doesn't have to be based on the logbooks. It can also be based on the condition of the paint/interior when you see it in person, whether everything worked when you flew it, etc...

    So yeah, the existence of scanned logbooks wouldn't really change my sequence, it just might save me from making a trip to see a plane that had undisclosed major damage history.