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Buying from a used truck dealership

Old 11-08-2019, 05:50 PM
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Today gave me yet another reason to never buy from a used lot..

My buddy is looking for a truck just like mine.. 2006-2007 LBZ Duramax, crew cab, 4x4, etc.. but not over 140k miles.

He finds one online with 110k miles for $19k. Calls me up, we go look at it. Looks amazing in the pics. Do mind, this isnt some Mexican double wide car lot. This is a nice big dealership that specializes in used trucks.

We get there, salesman gets us the keys.. On the way to the truck hes telling us how nice it is. Starts it up, immediately aloud squealing noise like a belt or pulley going out. Ok, no big deal. Simple fix.

Climb under the truck. Amazing amounts of rust not only on the frame, but on the body itself.

We drive it.. A/C only works on 1-3. Truck ran perfect however.

Pop the hood, rust on the master cylinder, power steering pump, alternator, etc.. At this point we are done looking at this clapped out piece of machinery. Keep in mind, we live in south texas. Rust on vehicles here just isn't something we encounter. Salesman kept insisting it was a south only truck. My truck has 230k on the clock and doesnt have a 1/16 of the rust this thing did.

The best part was.. buddy hops in the bed. Steps foot in it and the floor of the bed literally bent in about 3-4 inches.

Everytime we pointed something out the salesman pulls a "oh that's just ......"

At that point we said keep your POS, and left.

Do these people really expect someone stupid enough to throw $20k at a truck like that? Such a waste time, dont understand why people cant be honest.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:24 PM
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There's a reason used car lots have a bad rep. They buy their cars at auction. What's at the auction is the stuff that new dealers took on trade but don't want to put on their used car lot.
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
There's a reason used car lots have a bad rep. They buy their cars at auction. What's at the auction is the stuff that new dealers took on trade but don't want to put on their used car lot.
I figured the same... Salesman kept pulling the "elderly man owned it" card. Yeah..... 5 inch MBRP straight pipe was a pretty simple giveaway on that lie. And if an old man owned it, he had the mind of a 16 y/o.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:19 PM
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I ran into the same issue when I was looking for a used truck. A lot of dealerships around here buy trucks from canada through auctions. Many are rust buckets. Sometimes they'll try to hide the rust with undercoating or paint. I gave up and bought from a private party.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:42 PM
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And some people question why you suck it up and buy new
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:43 AM
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Just one bad apple. Plenty of quality used car dealerships out there. Look at reviews and maybe ask around for referral's. If not go to Carmax and get laid away.
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:18 PM
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Maybe its just me but it seems like few people buy or sell used cars privately anymore. I think that sucks because I hate dealerships. Some slick dude in a shirt and tie trying to sell you some overpriced car or something you can't/won't afford unless you get an 8 year loan on it. I can't stand car shopping.
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Old 11-11-2019, 02:46 PM
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that truck came from the north!

my florida 03 duramax i sold earlier this year, had zero rust anywhere!
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:04 PM
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Yeah, when I was in the market for a truck, I would have loved to have bought a reasonably priced used truck. However, I couldn't find any. So I just bought new. I didn't pay that much more, got a good extended warranty for a little more. Problem solved.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:11 AM
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A lot of rust on a vehicle from the South may mean the vehicle was flooded. Thousands of cars and trucks went under during Harvey and other storms in Houston the last few years.
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
that truck came from the north!

my florida 03 duramax i sold earlier this year, had zero rust anywhere!
Same here.. my '06 is rust free. I knew that truck was from the north. And my truck was in Harvey too. Have an '03 Avalanche that has been through Rita, Ike, and Harvey with no rust. That truck we saw was definitely a north truck.

The experience my family and I have had with buying from an individual has always been good so far.. All of them we have bought from have been honest people and have sold what they described. Never have found an honest dealership, especially a used dealership.

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Originally Posted by AZ210 View Post
Yeah, when I was in the market for a truck, I would have loved to have bought a reasonably priced used truck. However, I couldn't find any. So I just bought new. I didn't pay that much more, got a good extended warranty for a little more. Problem solved.

Only problem is, they dont make 2019 or 2020 LBZ's. Lol. He specifically wants an LBZ so he has a 2006-2007 search
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I couldn't justify buying a new truck just to pull my boat. Two years ago I found a 2004 Ford F150 XLT 4X4 with 85k on it for $8500 at a small but reputable used car lot that specialized in trucks. He let me take it home for the night and I had my mechanic look at it, and he gave me the thumbs up. So I bought it and it has been great so far. It does everything I need it to do. So I don't think all used car dealerships are bad.
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Anything pre emission and under 100k will command a premium no matter what the condition. Ive seen people spend the same on cracked dash rusted 5.9 Cummins as long as it doesn't have 300k+.

This is just the way things are thanks to the epa
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Originally Posted by dons2346 View Post
And some people question why you suck it up and buy new
That's what I did. I shopped and I shopped and I shopped. People were either deceptive or delusional. I finally bought new.

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Originally Posted by wiscoarborist View Post
That's what I did. I shopped and I shopped and I shopped. People were either deceptive or delusional. I finally bought new.
It went that way with us travel trailer shopping, after months and months of looking at "perfect condition" trailers (one I stepped in the bedroom and literally fell through the floor and hit the concrete) just ended buying new. Have always had good luck with individual truck sales though
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You have to look at a bunch to spot the good ones, education is key! And when you spot the good one you'll know it right up. When you spot it you have to pull the trigger without hesitation because if you wait you'll be talking about the good one that got away on you.
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