Back in 2014, I got great advice from everyone here in my post about keeping my reliable 1997 Toyota Rav4 instead of purchasing a new car.
Unfortunately, my daily mileage is about to jump during rotations, so my trusty Rav has to go. I’ve found a used, low-mileage subcompact MT hatchback from 2016 in both the color and trim I like from a local franchised dealer for a competitor brand. It’s well below my budget and the Car Fax report suggests that the new vehicle was repossessed after 10 months when the only owner missed payments, so I feel less suspicious about any lapsed maintenance. However, the original owner was in Florida and the dealer is here in the upper midwest. I understand that Florida is a large automotive market, but why would a dealer half-way across the country be at a public auction there? Is this common?
While I’ll still check the fluids myself and have two local mechanics inspect the car, I’m feeling a little uncertain about why this car was purchased by the dealer so far away.
I appreciate any advice! Thanks!