• dano49 avatar dano49 Posted: 10/5/2011 1:27pm PDT

    An independent third-party vehicle inspector is the answer. You contact the inspection company (the one I know is AiM Mobile Inspections), schedule an appointment, they come to where the car is, conduct the inspection and provide a condition report within 24-48 hours with lots of pictures and a letter grade (A-B-C-D-F). These types of inspections are a great tool for online car shoppers.

  • peglaws avatar peglaws Posted: 9/9/2011 11:21am PDT

    I targeted a specific vehicle based upon reputation and experience. I determined the price I was willing to pay and sent the specifics to all area dealers. I specifically told them I wanted "walk out the door pricing" no dealer's fees or other BS. Within 2 days I took delivery. I used Edmunds and the Consumer Reports Internet pricing guide for research. I would not purchase a new car in a different manner, however a used vehicle has variables that in my opinion require face to face interaction with the seller.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/9/2011 1:49pm PDT

    @peglaws, I've done the same thing, but I still always test drive any vehicle before signing the paperwork.

    I used to own a 2006 Mazda MX-5, bought new in '06. I drove about five different cars before I picked the one I bought, and each felt distinctly different. The fastest one had a door rattle that would have required the dealership to pull the door apart before I took delivery (likely producing more rattles over time). Even with solid brands, you still have cars built on a Wednesday and cars built on a Friday.

  • fb_100001324135677 avatar Evan Posted: 9/9/2011 11:06am PDT

    For many years, more than half the buyers actually bought three brand names of cars without roadtesting them: Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, and Alfa-Romeo.

  • larry300 avatar larry300 Posted: 9/8/2011 2:21pm PDT

    If you see a car on the internet that is too good of a deal to pass up. Then it is probably too good to be true anyway.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/9/2011 5:04am PDT

    @larry300, there really is no such thing as a free lunch; there's always a reason why a deal is too good to be true.

  • DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 9/8/2011 1:11pm PDT

    I purchased a used Range Rover over the internet from a highly reputable dealer in Texas, I live in upstate NY and has it shipped. The vehicle and the dealer were both great. I had one problem,a repaired chip in the windsheild he forgot to mention. He told me if it became a problem to let him know. we'll the repaired chip became a large crack. The dealer told me to get an estimate to replace the windsheild. I did and he agreed to pay for its replacement. I had a certified check in my hands within the week. I couldn't have asked for anything more. Very satisfied.