Originally Posted by nprakash21
hi thanks for replying back. yeah i think a warranty for these cars would be manditory when i purchased the car. with all the feedback i'm getting i'm now thinking about an '04. and thank you for the recommendation on the service areas. have you heard anything about the Autobahn dealer in redwood city, ca?
I am sorry, I haven't heard anything good, or bad about that dealer. I have seen it though, and it is a pretty modern, large and up to date place FWIW.
I have heard awful things about the Pleasanton dealer though, you should avoid them.
Do make a HUGE effort to get photostats of all the repair orders of warranty and service work done on the car, if you can. If the car has had the work done by the dealer who is selling it, try as hard as possible to make them part of the sale. They might resist, citing privacy concerns, but make a try for it.
For sure, at the very least, if it is a Certified Pre Owned car, there are at least 130 things they check, and repairs and services are supposed to be performed before selling it as a CPO. INSIST on getting the repair order for that work.
You can do it by getting it IN WRITING on the dealer's "DUE BILL", "Other promises or services to be performed in connection with the sale"
which the DEALER MUST provide with you as a separate document when you buy a used car from them.
Typically, the due bill says "Car sold as is, no other work or promises express or implied, Oral promises not enforceable"
But it's your right to get them to agree to whatever you can, as part of the deal, and if it's in writing (for example)
1. Dealer to provide floor mats at dealer cost
2. Dealer to provide at no charge an extra set of keys (They are VERY expensive for the newer cars)
3. Dealer to provide two key rings chosen by customer at parts dept. (or other little goodie)
4. Dealer to provide small bottle of touch up paint.
5. Dealer to provide copy of VMI (Vehicle Master Inquiry) that shows all equipment on car when new, when delivered, to which dealer, and all warranty work performed on the car, and when and where, everything in code.
^^^^That I would suggest is the minimum you should fight for. All of it would cost the dealer little in dollars or effort, but a big bonus to you in the end.
But to get that stuff it has to be in writing on the due bill.
Don't worry, you should be able to get it all with no problem, they won't blow a sale over little stuff like that......it always works for me with an expensive used car at a dealer selling that make of car.
Check the car carefully before signing the papers. Make sure the tool kit, jack, spare tire, warning triangle (if so equipped), all owners manuals and books are with the car. Anything missing to be noted on the DUE BILL, and to be supplied later. Note: Most due bills expire in about 60 days.
Check carefully for body damage at the last minute.
All things considered, get a privately owned car that was traded rather than a lease return. Lease cars are often indifferently maintained, at best, and abused, at worst.
The entire experience can be highly rewarding, if it's done right.