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Taking a used car to a mechanic before you buy it can help you avoid a car with damage or problems. But do dealerships allow you to have a used car inspected?
You're ready to buy a new car. Should you purchase it from a dealership, or browse the classifieds for a private seller?
For donation options, here is a link to a prior response -
For sale, here is another answer I previously gave to same type question -
Sounds like your biggest problem will be narrowing your list to a limited number of models, and deciding what brand names you are willing to consider to narrow the field.
You can search for websites blogging complaints for each model you are considering to see how they rate with users, and you can also go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to see how many recalls there have been on a specific model and year.
Most dealers these days have websites with their listed prices for new and used cars that you can browse to get an idea of available listed prices.
I would also recommend that you check out the used car values (free) for models you might be interested in on www.edmunds.com and on Kelley Blue Book - www.kbb.com
Those 2 sources will give you a lot of negotiating power, because they list what the dealer pays the manufacturer on new cars, shows what people have been paying for each vehicle model and model year, and shows used valuations also. There are undoubtedly other such sources also - these are just the ones I have used and seem to be the best known.
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Each of us test drove the car and very much liked it. Afterwards, we went into the office and while discussing price and financing, another salesman walked in and surprised us all with an announcement that he had just sold this car to someone else. Apparently, the buyer was initially interested in another car but saw our car while it was parked out front, waiting for us and went ahead with the purchase while we were on our test drive.
We understand that the world of auto sales is competitive and commission driven. However, if we make an appointment and make the hour and a half drive out to the dealership, we expect that we should have either been given first option since we pulled the car out of the lot, or at least been notified that another party was interested and been given a warning. Also, since the car had been on the lot for two months, I don't think it's unreasonable for the dealership to put the car on hold until we were done with the test drive and negotiation. If we hadn't called ahead and identified the car, the car would have been prominently displayed only after our test drive during our negotiation. Ultimately, we feel we only aided the sale of the car we were interested in to someone else.
Our sales rep,
Recommendation: If you have a specific used car in mind, DO NOT call them to make an appointment. Or at least, don't tell them which car. The salesmen at this dealership are permitted to and motivated to sell the car out from under you while you're on your test drive. It'll be a waste of your time and, from the perspective of used car sales manager or the general manager, your time is apparently not as valuable as his salesmens' commission.
We scored responsiveness and punctuality as A since ”
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