Buying Not So New


A long time customer recently purchased a used vehicle from a dealership, not something I normally recommend. Mostly, I don’t recommend buying from a dealership because, you can purchase much cheaper through a private owner who just wants to “get rid” of their car. Equally important, with a private owner you can have them bring the car into a mechanic and have it checked first.

Since she brought it in another state they couldn’t do the NY Inspection for her so she brought it in to us. Right away we discovered that the brakes were low. When I called her she was in shock…”but they said the car was in great condition and we wouldn’t need anything for months”.

Yes…that’s what they said. She called them right away, of course they disagreed but, asked her to send the bill. She faxed over the bill after we

finished and they sent her back this email:

I have attached a copy of Connecticut’s Used Car Warranty as a PDF. Please keep in mind that your vehicle DOES NOT QUALIFY based on the model year (see #3). Further, if the vehicle was covered the repairs MUST BE PERFORMED BY THE DEALERSHIP WHO SOLD YOU THE VEHICLE ( see last line of third to last paragraph).

While I am not able to reimburse you for the repairs, I have no doubt that the ****** that you purchased from ********* will give you years of trouble free service. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

What a load! I see things like this all the time. Craigslist is an invaluable tool for finding local cars. Of course there can be scams there as well, so take ANY car you’re thinking of buying to a mechanic and have it checked out first…even one from a dealer.


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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