2015 Certified Honda CRV

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#61

I think this deal falling through is the best thing that could have happened to you and I tend to agree with Volvo_V70. the inspection was done from a desk and quite likely the car was never even looked over.

Don’t get down in the dumps over it. You should be able to easily find something that doesn’t need work right off the bat.


#62

Thanks. The universe has a plan:-)


#63

The deal ended up $457 off balance. Oh well, try again. My dad would bargain down to the last $50 when he was buying a car. Sometimes the bargaining would go on for days. At one point he and the dealership owner came to within $50 on a new car, he said “ok, I’ll take the car at my final offering price, you can keep the radio for the $50 difference, so get your guys in the shop to remove the radio from the dash”. As you might expect the dealership owner just sold the car for the price my dad’s final offering price, including the radio. It would have cost the dealership owner more in shop fees to remove the radio and then he’d have to try to figure out what to do with the radio later to recoup some money on the deal, not worth the trouble. Plus my dad would be complaining “you left a hole in the dash!!” … lol …

OP, suggest to browse at some rental car sales lots. Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc. Here in the San Jose area those lots tend to have a good selection of 3 year old cars, rental cars that have been taken out of service. Rental cars usually get very good maintenance and on schedule. I’d still want my own mechanic to inspect my selection before purchase though, even from a rental car sales lot.

You mechanic is right about the rotors, not a good idea to reduce their thickness. That’s asking for problems later on.


#64

Had you not had the vehicle inspected you would be enjoying your Honda now but you may have to replace the tires next year.

You should check your inspection report to see why your mechanic condemned the brake rotors, if there really was a safety issue there I think the selling dealer would have reacted to it.


#65

A potential problem with ex-rental cars . . .

They may have lived a very hard life

Many people treat rental cars far worse than they would their own


#66

Those X point inspections have never meant anything to me.
When I was buying my then 3 yr old 2005 Camry (it was a CPO at the local Toyota dealer), they put the list in front of me. I walked out with the salesman and wrote everything that needed to be fixed. It included the speaker covers that were rotted, missing hubcaps and bunch of other stuff. They were barking back that they have priced the car accordingly, but then I said your list does not match. Long story short they agreed and fixed everything. When closing the deal, I had a $100 printed coupon from their site that I handed to them. The look on their face was priceless, they still honored it.