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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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Aymen Beshay December 10, 2014 RE: (VIN# removed) As you know, the 2006 BMW 325i we purchased from your dealership on Nov. 4, 2014 was in a state of disrepair upon purchase. The car bore a sign at time of purchase that read “30 day, 1000 mile warranty.” On Nov 5, I returned to your dealership with the car due to a brake indicator warning lamp as well as another indicator lamp that was illuminated before I even arrived at home with the car on Nov 4th. I was also concerned that the steering wheel was whining when turned. You sat in the car, turned the wheel and heard the sound. You told me “it will work itself out, if not bring it back in a week or so.” You should recall that you opened the hood and waited for the engine to cool down so you could remove the cap to the coolant reservoir. It appeared to be empty. You had a mechanic bring around a bottle of antifreeze and poured it in saying it just needed coolant, everything is fine. 2 weeks later the car was deemed not operable without a new coolant tank, lower radiator hose and a new sensor. A $410.00 repair. Please see attached estimate. Also please notice that the mileage at the time of the estimate is less than a 1,000 miles and fewer than 30 days from the date of purchase. When I spoke with your office manager she informed me that you were out of the country for several weeks and I would have to wait for your return and you would be in touch with me. Clearly several weeks have passed and you have not contacted me as promised to resolve these matters.
You stood in front of your establishment the day I bought the car and told me that the brakes on the car I was buying had been replaced and everything was good, but the indicator light just needed to be reset to turn it off. "Go to BMW they can turn it off for you.” The fact was, that your mechanics put the brake pad sensors on the wrong wheels, left front to right rear, right rear to left front. In doing so, they broke the car side of the connectors forcing them in and cross threaded a lug ruining it. When I took it to a brake specialist to have the indicator reset I was told that "whoever worked on this car had no idea what they were doing and had no business working on brakes!" When I brought this to your office manager’s attention, she informed me that she had contacted you and respond to this issue by making a loan payment for me that will not cover the cost of the repairs. Please see attached receipt for the brake repair reflecting the notes from the brake specialist regarding the left rear wheel bolt being cross threaded when the brakes were worked on prior to my purchase. The lug has not been fixed at this time, rendering me vulnerable to yet, another repair cost I should not be responsible for. While no one at your dealership has contacted me or made any effort to resolve these repair issues the situation has escalated to the point where I am stranded without transportation. This situation left me no option other than to seek legal advice. I am, at this time, giving you 10 business days to respond to this communication and resolve these issues. If you choose not to resolve this I will then contact The FL Bureau of Consumer Affairs, The Better Business Bureau, The Florida Department of Professional Regulation, and will proceed with a formal complaint through my attorney, seeking repair costs as well as attorney fees and court costs. While I understand you are in the business to profit, you told me that you couldn't sell the 2011
that all repairs to fix known issue would be paid for by
dealers and experts to determine the cause. Used rims had to be
purchased to fix the issue and I ended up paying for them when
stopped taking my calls. $2900 for used rims.
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