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Is this wierd or am I just naive?


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#1 of 27 Julian Reville

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Posted April 16 2005 - 01:45 AM

Last week I took my Montero Sport in to the dealership for routine service. Last night I got a call from one of the salesmen who said they have someone who wants to buy it.

It's 2001 XS 3.5 4WD with only 19,000 miles, in very good condition, so I could understand someone wanting to buy it, but to call me cold like that, is that normal? Or are they just wanting to sell me a new car? Posted Image

#2 of 27 Francois Caron

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Posted April 16 2005 - 02:03 AM

It all depends. How much are they willing to pay? Posted Image

If you'd rather hold on to your car for now, just simply tell them it's not for sale. But I'd be just a bit suspicious of the dealer's true intentions such as collecting a commission on the sale.

#3 of 27 Justin Lane

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Posted April 16 2005 - 02:17 AM

That is very weird and unethical in my opinion (Not that most car dealers have ethics).

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#4 of 27 Keith Mickunas

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Posted April 16 2005 - 04:26 AM

Either they're just trying to get you to trade it in, or they really have a customer that's interested in it. Ask them if you can meet the buyer at their dealership and how much commission they want off the deal. If they really have a buyer, they're probably hoping to make 20% or more, but they aren't going to tell you that of course. Figure out what your car is worth in good condition from a dealer, that's always a higher value than trade-in or even private sale. And negotiate it off that. Even if you're not interested in selling, it might be kind of fun to mess with them for a bit.

#5 of 27 Bob Graz

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Posted April 16 2005 - 05:06 AM

My guess is that they are just wanting to sell you a new car.These days it seems like almost anything goes.

#6 of 27 Christ Reynolds

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Posted April 16 2005 - 07:49 AM

appear really interested, and then ask "you think i will get a good enough deal to buy that volkswagen touareg i wanted?" and see if they still want to sell it Posted Image just to check to see if they are trying to sell you a new vehicle. maybe they have someone who genuinely wants to buy it, but i wouldnt be surprised to find out it was linked to you buying another car from them.

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#7 of 27 Marc S Kessler

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Posted April 16 2005 - 08:00 AM

I guess I'm old. I know this is a scam to get you to trade yours in. This has gone on for as long as I can remember.
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#8 of 27 Philip_G

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Posted April 16 2005 - 08:00 AM

I would say it's the same as those cards they mail out, you know, "we really want your old car on trade, come down and get ripped off blah blah blah"

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#9 of 27 Aurel Savin

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Posted April 16 2005 - 08:02 AM

Actually it is not strange at all. If the Montero "used" market is poor, another words there are not many used ones available, dealers are known to contact current customers and ask if they are looking to sell or trade in. Usually you can get a very good price for your car this way.

I know as last summer, MINI dealers were calling current customers this way. Some trade-ins were getting unheard of prices.

If you are looking to sell or trade in ... do it.

Of course the dealers/salesman is getting a commission. They have to make a living. Some of you are always making it sound like, they are not supposed to make money and "always" have ulterior motives. Posted Image

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#10 of 27 alan halvorson

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Posted April 16 2005 - 08:24 AM

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Or are they just wanting to sell me a new car?


Well, of course they want you to buy a new car whether you sell yours or not. That's what their business is.

It may be a ploy, or the salesmen may really know someone who wants to buy it. Maybe it's one of the mechanics who worked on it. Find out what the offer is and go from there. Were it my car and I was willing to sell and the deal was in my favor, I'd go for it. If you're not willing to sell or the offer isn't good enough, just say no - no harm done.
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#11 of 27 Garrett Lundy

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Posted April 16 2005 - 09:02 AM

Eh, call em back and see what they offer. If it sounds right take it and buy a Honda civic hybrid (have you seen the price of gasoline?!?!)
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#12 of 27 Julian Reville

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Posted April 16 2005 - 11:05 AM

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If it sounds right take it and buy a Honda civic hybrid (have you seen the price of gasoline?!?!)


Actually, as much as I would like to have extremely good gas milage, it wouldn't save me that much: the Montero Sport only has 19,000 miles in over 4 years, so I don't drive a lot.

And if I did sell it, what I would really want is a 350Z. Posted Image
I test drove an Eclipse Spider, the sportiest thing Mitsubishi has, and I wasn't too impressed, so I can't see doing a tradein at this dealer, unless they find an almost new 350Z for me.

I did tell the guy I would call him back next week.

#13 of 27 Chris

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Posted April 16 2005 - 12:56 PM

It's like Toyota Prius around here.. they are selling used for more then what they originally sold for new... so there are dealerships who've offered "enticements" for people to trade them in..
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#14 of 27 Philip_G

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Posted April 16 2005 - 01:39 PM

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I test drove an Eclipse Spider, the sportiest thing Mitsubishi has, and I wasn't too impressed, so I can't see doing a tradein at this dealer, unless they find an almost new 350Z for me.
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the eclipse is a girly car, the lancer evo WAY blows the eclipse away in every respect, even though it is ugly as sin.

Personally I don't feel hybrids are financially viable when the VW TDi gets better mileage and costs less. (even with the tax incentives)

#15 of 27 Julian Reville

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Posted April 17 2005 - 02:15 AM

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the eclipse is a girly car, the lancer evo WAY blows the eclipse away in every respect, even though it is ugly as sin.


Agreed. I'm open to suggestions to cars other than a 350Z: must be sporty & non-girly. Posted Image

Oh, and under $35,000.

#16 of 27 Philip_G

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Posted April 17 2005 - 02:33 AM

I dunno, G35 sedan? new Legacy? forester XT? Depends what you're looking for I guess

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Posted April 17 2005 - 02:58 AM

G35 Coupe with the 6spd! Posted Image

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Posted April 17 2005 - 03:19 AM

Mazda RX-8?
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#19 of 27 Garrett Lundy

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Posted April 17 2005 - 03:21 AM

Kawasaki Zrx1200r ! (add some corbin beetlebags and a smuggler saddle if you want to carry stuff).
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#20 of 27 Julian Reville

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Posted April 17 2005 - 09:58 AM

I'd kill myself on a motorcycle. Or more likely, some little old lady driving a Lincoln would kill me. I'll be ready to go some day, just not yet.

I'm old and lazy now; an automatic tranny is a must.
I drove a 1970 240Z (a first year model) with the 4 speed manual (hot stuff back then) for 13 years. It was a great car; I paid about $1700 for it used; now I'm thinking of paying 25 times that!!! I must be nuts.

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That Infiniti G35 Coupe is nice; more room inside than the Z; same gas milage; couple of thousand more than the 350Z Touring that I was looking at. What!! Red exterior can't be matched with light grey interior???





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