Nope, not a scam at all. The key to what is going on is the fact that bidders need to be pre-approved. If you contact them to get pre-approved, I'd bet dollars to donuts, they would say something like "let's not waste time with bids, let's just work out a price." In essence, they are using eBay as an advertisement. They don't want to leave the price to chance or to pay the final price fee thingy.
Then I would ask to be approved as a bidder and not try to work out a price with the guy. He doesn't have a reserve on the auction. So unless he flat out refuses to approve you, he is asking for trouble.
Incidentally, the seller is only saving $40 by not allowing anyone to bid on his item. The eBay fees for a car are: $40 listing fee and $40 transaction fee. The transaction fee is not due if;
* There were no bids on your item.
* There were no bids that met the reserve price on your reserve price listing.
One thing that makes me still believe this is a scam is that the VIN doesn't seem to match the car. The VIN has the 5th digit of C. According to the VIN info I have seen, C is for a V6. The car shown is clearly a V8. http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1213187
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