I asked for the N# of the aircraft, to request the EDRS (Electronic data retrieval system) of the aircraft. This, which I didn't explain before...is the SAME record you would get by purchasing on the Registry website, only my access is electronically, within a day or two instead of a week or more to receive on a CD.
The aircraft is located in Cyprus. This sounds good, I'm interested. I am to do a complete records and physical inspection, the aircraft is suspect for corrosion and an inspection in the tail tank area.
The prospective buyer emails back- the aircraft is NOT N Registered. It is M Registered.
So my answer, in detail, is this. You should request in your LOI (Letter of Intention- of purchase) and before your down payment...that the aircraft BE DELIVERED WITH AN EXPORT C OF A TO THE US. Because the aircraft is not US manufactured, and is located on foreign soil, a C of A cannot be issued at its current location, and cannot be issued by me - or any FAA personnel, without an Export C of A from the existing country to the US.
Another customer in South Africa is stuck with an aircraft they purchased that is French, but located and last registered in Togo, and trying to sell to a customer in West Africa...but cannot get a US C of A, only one from the importing country...if they agree to.
And this is just one little reason you should request a pre-purchase inspection....the aircraft airworthiness and registration files are a grand total of $6.00 per aircraft.