Ok - so I agree to pay someone to ferry the airplane. I agreed to pay for 100% of the escrow. The deal fell apart when I asked who owned the airplane, and who was signing the sales contract and how to prove the current annual is being paid for by the Seller. Here are the facts: Airplane advertised as having 12/1 annual. [obviously it cannot yet] Airplane advertised as being outside Chicago. Airplane advertised as being owned by Seller. Spoke with the mechanic and we discussed the squawks and proposed repairs and issues around any deferred maintenance - first call showed there wasn't any. True state of facts: Airplane is in southern Wisconsin - seller told me the sale is where it is. He's in Florida and not interested in moving the airplane. Annual is not yet completed - nor paid for. [I assumed it wasn't signed off yet] Seller has given a bill of sale to a broker - and now wants the broker to complete the transaction and will not be the seller any longer. Nor will he sign an agreement making the representations he made in the ad to sell the airplane. Seller has removed certain items from the aircraft rather than repair them. [Mooney gear mods] Without disclosing it to me - I found out after a second call to the mechanic. What I was willing to do and what I asked: Pay the broker to fly the airplane back to 'civilization.' And pay to have it stored. I asked the Seller and broker to sign the sales agreement - apparently they have some kind of deal on proceeds - but the broker presently has a bill of sale. I understand straw man deals like this -I've done M&A. But someone needs to make the representations they originally agreed to make - and actually made. I asked for Escrow - so I have a title search and proper filing of the Bills of Sale. And verification they are properly completed. I asked for a paid receipt from the annual to be deposited into Escrow. How else do I know the bill has been paid? Alternatively, I asked the bill for the annual be paid from escrow. I asked about the removed parts - and why the repair is being deferred - I know - but I want to hear the explanation from the Seller as to why he didn't tell me about this after listing these parts as installed on the aircraft. What happened: Seller said I was being unreasonable - too many questions. Never answered who was the seller, who would sign the agreement. He just wanted to hand out a bill of sale and be done with it - not what we discussed last week. So - deal is done. On to another airplane. What I told him was: I need to protect MY interest in this transaction. I'm happy to send a mechanic out and we can bicker over the what needs to be fixed or not - but I"m satisfied with the aircraft condition from 2000 miles away. However, I need to make sure I get what you are advertising. If you think all these other buyers will miraculously appear and not do a prepurchase inspection - fine. Go ahead. Walk away from me. Maybe after 35 years of litigating - I don't trust anybody. You're representing a current annual - is it paid for? No its not. Thus I risk a lien on the aircraft if you don't pay the bill. Hence the paid receipt. If I buy the airplane from [the broker], you're legally not the seller - your warranties and representations are legally worthless because [the broker] could be responsible. Are the AD's all properly complied with? I don't know - your mechanic is on the hook until the next annual. In the agreement. I don't play games - either way. I want an enforceable agreement with the person selling the airplane. Not some broker I don't know that you selected and owe money to. You owned a business for decades and I'm sure you made sure when you did a deal you get the deal you did. Your ad states the aircraft is in Illinois. It's not. Your ad states the aircraft has a 12/1/18 annual - its does not yet. Your ad states you own the aircraft. You apparently do not. So - you want to blame me for this - fine. Blame me. I"m the bad guy.