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Response to gulliver (Original post)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 04:17 AM

7. Some years ago when my younger son suddenly needed a

 

replacement car -- his had been totalled in an accident not his fault -- we went to a local rather large used car lot in my area. My son spent about three hours test driving every possible car in the lot. I spent the time sitting in the small office that was also where all of the deals went down. I got to see more than one deal happen.

In the end that son didn't get his car there, but I walked away with tremendous respect for the overall integrity of that particular place. I could tell that while they certainly were in the business to make money, they were not in the business to cheat people.

Three days later when my older son suddenly needed a replacement car -- his was totalled in an accident not his fault and yes, these are two different sons who had two different accidents -- that used car dealership was the first place we went to. They'd, in those three days, gotten in a car that was perfect for older son's needs.

Here's the best part of that story. I did not have the time to have the car older son was buying inspected by my usual mechanic. There was a time crunch with both boys needing to get back to college. Well, the a/c on older son's car wasn't working. My mechanic said, this is an expensive fix. You need to talk to the guys who sold it to you. The used car lot guys said, Oops, so sorry, our bad. They fixed it, no charge.

If you live in the Kansas City area and need to buy a used car, PM me. I will happily recommend these guys.

Actually, the very day older son was taking delivery on his car, my car died and I needed to replace it. I bought my replacement elsewhere than the used car lot referred to above. But I did basically buy three cars in two weeks, so I'm fearless about buying cars.

And I agree, "used car salesman" as a putdown is crap.

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