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Talking to a local mechanic offers added peace of mind
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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Sales manager agreed to terms in writing to bait me into the showroom then tried to switch the terms that were agreed to on email.
After several weeks of phone calls, emails and correspondence,
To reiterate: We were assured by our salesman
Finally, in closing, I would like to point out that on the morning of the on-site appointment, I gave sales an opportunity to check again with the GSM to ensure that we agreed to the deal as it stated in writing..I had him check and he came back to me and said "Yes we are good". Go to any
Thank you to Mr. , for everything he has done to make this purchase so smoothe and easy for me.
I will be happy to recommend him as the man to see when considering a quality vehicle purchase.
would not get much use. It was verbally agreed that instead of 30 days then the first 2,000 miles would be a fair measure.
After several months only a few hundred miles had been driven. During that period I had problems with the brakes. They would seize and lock when parked for a week or more. I took it back to
Then I started having trouble shifting gears. I talked with
FLYWHEEL REMOVE AND REPLACE.
NOT include resurface flywheel
transmission and transfer case. Removed clutch pressure plate, clutch disc,
pilot bearing and flywheel, reinstalled
resurfaced flywheel, installed new clutch kit, pressure plate, clutch disc,
release and pilot bearings, installed new clutch slave cylinder assy. Reinstalled
transmission and transfer case. Filled to proper levels. Road tested and verified proper clutch operation.
Additional FLYWHEEL. Remove and replace
with skid plate add
FLYWHEEL refinish, flat type, removed
As I drove out of the
At this time the brake problem I described earlier was continuing and I also discovered that I was losing engine coolant. It seemed that I needed a second opinion on the brakes and I had lost my confidence in
I talked with a local boat mechanic whom I trusted and he referred me to a truck mechanic in Port
He then found the cause of an engine coolant leak. The issue was with the screw in fitting where the coolant line enters the engine block which had apparently been that way when I bought the truck. The fitting had come loose and in the process also destroyed the screw threads. A new threaded hole had to be tapped, a difficult and time consuming procedure, and that fixed that
He test drove the truck and immediately verified a vibration problem. He initially couldn’t see anything wrong with the clutch assembly or installation. He suspected the drive shaft might be the cause and removed it and had it expertly checked. It was confirmed that it was properly balanced within factory specifications.
With the transmission and the drive shaft now removed, he ran the engine on the lift and at exactly the RPM where vibration had been occurring the vibration repeated. With everything else eliminated, this meant the vibration had to be caused by something in the clutch assembly. He concluded it had to be either the flywheel (the existing one appeared to have been resurfaced but he was not certain of that) or the pressure plate being out of balance and so to make sure every variable was addressed he replaced the entire clutch assembly including a new flywheel with factory OEM parts. The vibration was eliminated.
To put all of this into perspective, after all of the problems I’d had, I had ample reasons to get a second opinion on the clutch vibration. Since I noticed the problem while driving out of the lot after the clutch replacement it does not seem possible the truck was test driven by a qualified person from either
The bottom line is they agree there was a problem, they agree my mechanic fixed it, and they
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