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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 01:24 AM

4. What people don't seem to realize is the dealer takes the car in, does as little as ...

.... possible to get it ready to sell and then sells it. With all kinds of legally required disclaimers saying the car is as-is-and-shown no warranty.

Often times, the cars are traded in by people who know of a defect that may or may not show up when the dealer appraises the car. An engine rod knock that only happens after the car is warmed up may not be noticed until a week after the car is purchased.

A "warranty" is something the manufacturer offers when they produce and sell you an item. A "service contract" is an insurance policy against break-downs.

I worked at a dealership. We had a mechanic named Terry. Salt of the earth church-going guy. Not a loud mouthed Christian - a real Christian (and I'm an atheist). Anyway, he would bring in a lot of business from his church because people knew him, liked him and trusted him as a mechanic. And he was an EXCELLENT mechanic.

Terry used to tell me he absolutely HATED when his church people would come in because they would want his opinion on the car. He would give it a good going over because he was a really nice guy - but he hated it because he told me no matter how hard he looked a how good the car checked out that didn't mean the car couldn't blow up a week later.

Bottom line is the car business is a dirty horse trading business on BOTH sides of the table.

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