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post #1 of 16 Old 01-07-2010, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Word of advice for us younger folk

Carfax doesn't tell you jack!

Have someone at a dealer run a GM report on a used car you're looking at.. they can check just about anything in a car's history. I was able to determine using this that the first owner of the vette i was looking at treated it rather harshly, hubs on all four wheels had been replaced, and the driver's seat has been repaired 3 times... anyways.. carfax was completely clean.. my Dad ran the vin through at his dealer tho, and we deduced it'd been treated rather poorly by first owner... GM dealer info is insanely more helpful than carfax.. still not a bad buy, but i may be able to do better here now that the Grand sport is coming.

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Carfax doesn't tell you jack!

Have someone at a dealer run a GM report on a used car you're looking at.. they can check just about anything in a car's history. I was able to determine using this that the first owner of the vette i was looking at treated it rather harshly, hubs on all four wheels had been replaced, and the driver's seat has been repaired 3 times... anyways.. carfax was completely clean.. my Dad ran the vin through at his dealer tho, and we deduced it'd been treated rather poorly by first owner... GM dealer info is insanely more helpful than carfax.. still not a bad buy, but i may be able to do better here now that the Grand sport is coming.
How's a GM dealer going to get that history for a Lexus or a BMW? Carfax is just a history of transfer of ownership and major accidents, including salvage titles if any. I wouldn't expect details like how many times the seat was repaired, but I agree if you want the nitty-gritty get the maintenance history from an appropriate dealer.

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How's a GM dealer going to get that history for a Lexus or a BMW? Carfax is just a history of transfer of ownership and major accidents, including salvage titles if any. I wouldn't expect details like how many times the seat was repaired, but I agree if you want the nitty-gritty get the maintenance history from an appropriate dealer.
lol.. i was looking at a vette.. i suppose you would have to go to a lexus or bmw dealer.. or just skip them both and buy domestic

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yeah, GMVIS is infinitely more helpful... sorry i didn't tell you about that as usually you have to have a friend at a dealer to hook u up.... but i see you got your dad in on it.



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yeah, i finally mustered it up and called him.. prolly a good thing too, he pointed out that the market will be better for me in about 2 months because of the GS release.. so we'll see, but he's gonna help me at least.

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good news!



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Why does this only apply to us younger folk?

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Why does this only apply to us younger folk?
i'm 20, was helping the other younger guys out.. bought a couple used cars at this point, but i've usually done private sellers. Dealer is new because they don't have to look you in the eye and say nothing happened.

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I bought 2 used cars so far and one was a lemon and one caught fire so......
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I had bought 10 used cars and one new by the time I was 25. What does that make me?

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