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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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OT Used Truck Shopping Tips???

So it's really time for a new tow rig and I've started the hunt. Any tips on used car shopping and dealing with used car sales men? I know buying on the last day of the month is a good idea. Not sure what else.
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So you need the tow rig so that you can come to the Bash?


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Yeah, i know cash talks, it'll be a cash deal, the truck I was driving today the salesman asked me if I had robbed a bank and then said they could come down on the price.

So far 2 of the 3 trucks i've driven have had issues. 1 had a pull and vibration and it had a fresh undercoat job. The other the turbo had to spool up before it kicked into reverse. Both times the sales men have had excuses, this is getting frustrating and i'm still trying to figure out what I want to buy. I wish a dealer would have more then 1 used diesel on the lot.
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Do you have any of the major/national car rental places close by? I have bought my last 3 cars from Enterprise and been happy with all of them. What I found out with my last one, the Subaru Outback you saw, was that they do fleet management deals. That means they can have vehicles available for sale that you wouldn't see on their rental lots. They might even be able to show you maintenance records. They are usually turning over the vehicles at about 1 year of service, so they aren't bargain prices.

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Personally I've never been a fan of the used car lot route. I've always bought my stuff from a private sale. I guess with the car lot you get a guarantee - even if it's 30 days. But with a private sale, you usually get to see the guys house, you know he's been driving the thing, so you know it either has a good history or not, etc.

The guy I bought my Suburban from lived in a house in the suburbs of Boston, beautiful subdivision, with the huge driveway, wife was in real estate, etc. Had a huge file of all maintenance done to the truck, owned it for many years, etc. They had downsized to a BMW SUV. Sometimes you just know they took good care of it. Maybe I'm a cynic, but on a used car lot the guy will tell you whatever he can think of to sell you that truck.

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Personally I've never been a fan of the used car lot route. I've always bought my stuff from a private sale. I guess with the car lot you get a guarantee - even if it's 30 days. But with a private sale, you usually get to see the guys house, you know he's been driving the thing, so you know it either has a good history or not, etc.

The guy I bought my Suburban from lived in a house in the suburbs of Boston, beautiful subdivision, with the huge driveway, wife was in real estate, etc. Had a huge file of all maintenance done to the truck, owned it for many years, etc. They had downsized to a BMW SUV. Sometimes you just know they took good care of it. Maybe I'm a cynic, but on a used car lot the guy will tell you whatever he can think of to sell you that truck.

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Not to mention, the reason most vehicles get traded in are because there is something wrong with them and the preovious owner wanted to unloiad it on a trade before it really went bad....I guess thats the cynic in me ...I just know too many people that will trade in an old vehicle when the tranny is starting to go, or they have had ear end problems, etc.

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1)

once you have a target truck...go to auto-trader or the like and print out every truck thats priced below what they are asking.....or priced at whatever you are willing to pay.

bring the print-outs with you and ask the sales guy why his truck is so much more than all the others out there that are exactly like it.


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negotiate your "Out-the-door" price......that is, make sure they know that the numbers you are negotiating already include tax, title, license, etc.

not imperative, but it makes it easier on you to stay within your financial limits.

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if they wont deal. walk away and take your moeny else where....or come back next week and offer them the same deal....repeat until they get sick of you and give you the truck at your price. it works!

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The things I don't like about private party deals is you are never sure you are buying it from the owner.
One of my wife's students bought a very clean Cherokee at a really good price. I think about $2500 cash. She'd gone to the owner's house to see it.

After a week or so the girl went to register it - it was stolen! The registration showed the correct license and VIN numbers, but it was a forgery!

The DMV reported it to the police, they confiscated it. The lady that sold it? She didn't live at that house, but the Cherokee did. The real owners were on vacation in Hawaii.
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I know Lenz truck in Fon du lac (not sure how often you make that trip anymore) has a TON of used trucks...a lot of more expensive trucks but they do have some cheaper stuff too...they've got a pretty decent web site with all their vehicles...

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