I hate to post this..But I think it should be out there for everyone to see. As many of you may know from my other thread, I had planned on going to buy a Trabi from Mike Annen in Baltimore this past weekend. I had never bought a car or vehicle long distance...I realize Trabis are rare, and I am probably not going to find one locally..So I started a national search. My main concern was rust...I wanted it to be minimal as possible. I just finished this Blazer which had more rust than I thought and I never want to do that again. I was willing and planning on paying a premium for a trabi just to avoid this. Over the past 3 weeks I had talked to Mike 3 times on the phone, exchanged over a dozen emails (in which he sent me nearly 10 photos), and had him text me 9 more. showing underneath and how clean it was. He repeatedly said "this was a rust free car" that he had painted in 2009.. Last Monday the 21st after talking to him more, I pulled the trigger. I said I would take it, would be there later saturday afternoon to pick it up, and sent him a $100 deposit. I got a trailer from Uhaul Fri night and I left Michigan at 3am Saturday morning. I finally arrived to his place at about 1pm.. This is where the problems start. Immediately on arrival and walking around I realized the paint job was horrible. It was painted with a brush..Which is fine, I have seen a lot of military vehicles that were done this way and it can be ok. This wasn't one of them...In my mind, I justified I could reshoot it..I have everything, just did a hood last week for my blazer... In my excitement, I wanted to see under the hood. Typical trabi (somehow filthy, as compared to the pics where it was spotless, but whatever)..I touched it..It was warm..It also had a battery charger attached, indicating it needed a new one..Not a big deal I guess, I can overlook that (Still justifying by mounting disappointment)..However, I'm always suspect of a car that has to be warmed up prior to a potential buyer coming by. I asked his son to fire it up....It wouldnt start...A squirt of starting fluid got it going. We drove down the road where I noticed it was stalling every time at idle and downshifting..He was essentially releasing it in gear to fire it back up. Again, disappointed, but willing to overlook..A carb rebuilt isn't a huge deal..Even if you werent expecting it. After getting it back, and my enthusiasm waning very quickly..I did a close walk around to verify it looked like the numerous pics I had zoomed in on and looked over again and again... It was rusted beyond repair along the rear just below where the trunk latch is. What??! At least two 6"x6" rust spots, paint bubbling up and all. I looked at a pic of the rear probably 30 times and it looked great in the photos..The confusion and realization took it right out of me. Upon closer inspection by my dad and I, it looked to have been bondo'd at some point. Pushing from the inside of the trunk my dad accidentally almost put his entire finger through the panel...It was that bad. At this point I started to vent some of my frustration. Mike insisted it was "surface rust" (BS, surface rust doesnt bubble paint, or have bondo in it)..He told me it would be "an easy repair, sand it down, put filler in it, and good as new"....While that may be true to flip a car or cover a huge blemish, it's as half assed as any repair that can be done. Rust needs to be cut out and removed. ESPECIALLY when it's as severe as this. While maintaining my cool, being calm, Mike came across condescending. He insisted this was a low rust car, and I dont know what I am looking at. So I left. 20 hours, 1100 miles, all in a truck getting 12mpg. On a holiday weekend to boot. $120 in tolls gone. $300+ in fuel pissed away. I feel I was led on, and probably thought would take it no matter what after driving that far. In fairness, after emailing he did refund the $100 deposit. The long drive back was as pissed as Ive been in years. My dad commended me on not showing it...In my anger at the time, I wish I would have snapped a pic of the rear of this thing to show what it was vs what he showed me. I am convinced the pic he sent me is after he painted it 4 years ago. As I type this I have it zoomed in on a 24" monitor and it looks pristine. As many of you know, rain on a trabi will run down the rear window, along the trunk channel, down to this metal panel. I think he half assed the repair 4 years ago, and it's sat outside and due to the poor repair, rust has continued spreading, allowing the filler to pop out. I dont want to cause drama, fighting, etc in this community. I know I am new to it and you guys dont know me from anyone. All I can say is be aware, very aware, when dealing with this guy.