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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Congrats on the punch! I'm surprised they lowballed the trade-in like that on an X-plan customer, but when you're the only game in town, I guess there are no rules.

    That's 32 punches for the year. henryn had predicted 33, and nobody predicted more than that. I think we will easily beat 33!
    They only came up on trade value when I shopped it at Worthington in Anchorage, they offered $5k. At that point the dealer close to home changed their tune to keep the deal. I was seriously offended by their initial offer. I told them that in 8 years we have tried numerous times to buy a car there and they always screw it up then we go buy at Worthington. Guess they wanted to keep our business this time.

    Its nice that the Fusion he's buying is AWD, will make his commute in the winter a lot safer, not saying the Focus ever had trouble but AWD is a bonus. Plus he will have the Sync/Ford my touch so he can quit whining about no bluetooth and no usb ports.

    Funny thing about the dealer we are buying the car from, a sales manager called hubby last week and asked him to bring his Focus in for an appraisal, said they were interested in purchasing his car. The guy told him "you'd be surprised by how much we will offer for the car".......he wasn't wrong there! $2000......that's less than 1/2 of rough trade!
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    Nice color on the Focus.

    Sad thing is all 3 of our Fords are that color. The Chevy is a tanish silver I guess.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Sienna turned out to be a no go. We were about 1/2 way to the dealer when I got an email from the salesman listing the info about the CPO warranty and the car fax on the car, which of course they touted was clean. Then at the very bottom of the email, almost as an afterthought he mentioned that the prev owner had reported that the car had been in an accident. When I looked at the Sienna the first time it was dirty but I didn't notice anything glaring, I asked if it had any accident history and was assured it did not. He went on to say that any accidents wouldn't allow it to be CPO.

    I decided to continue to the dealership and look the van over again. My salesguy was magically "too busy" to help us so we ended up with a greenpea who annoyed the crap out of me. I looked the van over and kicked myself for not noticing the obvious repairs, the paint was rough, trim was on crooked, and it was missing a part on the bottom of the sliding door. Hubby wanted to drive it so we took it back out, naturally the greenpea didn't know when to STFU! I held my tongue and hubby noticed when he made any left hand turn the sliding door popped and protested.

    We got back to the dealership and I asked the sales manager if he knew who did the repairs and approx. how much the damage was (I was told the driver's side sliding door and quarter panel were replaced). He told me he could not tell me that information due to the privacy act....yeah, BS. They agreed to fix the issues with the repair and kept saying how it couldn't have been much damage because it had a clean car fax.....I laughed and mentioned how my '15 Focus has a clean car fax too yet had over $11k in repairs done to it.

    Hubby and I talked, the popping made him nervous and so did the thought of trading in a perfectly good, never wrecked Explorer for that Sienna. In the end we decided that the Explorer would stay. I don't regret it for a second, it just turned 53k and is still a great car. So very glad I didn't buy the Sienna!

    Oh and when I got home it occurred to me that the paperwork said the accident happened in March and the repair was in april. I started thinking about the huge pile ups that happened with a big snow storm in March. I jumped online and started searching through pictures of the accidents.....wouldn't ya know it, there was the Sienna in all its glory having just been clobbered by the back end of an F-350! Minor damage, yeah ok!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    She's 19 and the car has mirrors, back up sensors, and even a back up camera!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    I think I have you all beat on wrecking a new car. When I sold cars back in 1999, I was showing the owner of the dealership's demo (brand new fully loaded 1999 Sierra) to a customer. They decided they didn't like the color so I was going to put it away and grab a different one. I was backing out of the parking space and didn't look to my right......side swiped my SM's friend's Toyota Paseo to the tune of $2500. Not the best day of my sales "career." And no, the customer didn't buy a truck......they went down the street and bought a Ford......sigh.