How I Purchased a Nice Luxury Car for Under $4,000.

 

JustinProfileThis is a longer blog than I normally write.  However it is worth the read because you are going to read some crazy things that happened to me and it is just a plain good car story.

Through my recent experience you will learn:

  • The importance of why to have a mechanic look over your vehicle before purchase
  • Another reason why to use cash
  • You can purchase a nice luxury car for under $4,000
  • Integrity always wins

I knew that I wanted to spend no more than $4,000 on my next vehicle purchase.  Now I am one that likes to get a good deal.  So I began looking at cars listed for sale that were above $4,000 knowing I would negotiate until I matched what I determined I would spend.

I will be honest I am a big Chevrolet fan (sorry Ford fans), and one of the cars that I have always wanted to own was an Impala.  As luck would have it, I found a 2007 White Impala.  It had all of the bells and whistles on it that I could ask for and it looked really sharp.  I then scheduled an appointment to test drive the Impala…and then the bumpy ride began.

As I was test driving the Impala I noticed when I hit the breaks that the steering wheel shimmied a little more than it should.  When I inquired about that with the salesman he said that is very typical when you replace all of the brake parts.  Now I knew that was not true because I have changed my own brakes in the past.  I figured, okay if I have to replace the brakes on this thing, no big deal.

After the test drive, I was able to negotiate the a deal I was comfortable with and my wife and I agreed to make the purchase.  Now this is where it gets interesting.

After I signed all the paper work (no loan paperwork because I do everything with cash) I was handed the keys and I was excited to drive away with this Impala (especially after driving a beater for what seemed like forever).  As I shook the salesman’s hand he proceeded to tell me the reason why they gave me a good deal on the car was because I was right there was issues with the brakes and they wanted to give me a deal to cover any repairs I may have.  I realized right then and there that I had been lied to.  Surprisingly I stayed calm.

My mechanic lifted the car up and within a few seconds noticed that the car had been wrecked.  He showed me at least five major issues and several minor ones.

As I was driving home I called my brother-in-law who happens to be an attorney.  After I explained the situation he told me I had a case of fraud and that I would have definite legal action should I choose to go that route.  At the end of our conversation I realized that I still had my money.  That was really strange.  They never asked me for my money (probably because they are used to loan paperwork) and I never gave it to them.  I am sitting in this car that I have owned for ten minutes, I know that the salesman lied to me and I have still have the money.  Believe it or not, there is still more craziness to add to this story.

Normally, I am able to look over a car and feel pretty good about it.  I strongly recommend if you know nothing about cars to have someone look at it.  However, with all of the recent events, I decided to now have a mechanic look over the car.  My mechanic lifted the car up and within a few seconds noticed that the car had been wrecked.  He showed me at least five major issues and several minor ones.  Okay, now I am mad.

I go home and tell my wife the game plan.  I told her that I am going to take the car back due to not telling me the truth and because I still have the money what can they really do.  I told her I will then walk away and she can come pick me up.

As soon as I got to the dealership the salesman saw me and quickly came out to see what was wrong.  I explained to him how I was lied to about the brakes and then how I found out there was some other things that were seriously wrong. He kept saying over and over, we can make a deal.  I said no.  I am done here.  At that moment the sales manager came to me and asked what seems to be the problem.  I explained to him the situation and the fact that I drove off his lot with the car and the money.  After about a minute of talking back and forth the sales manager looked at me with disbelief and said, “No one took your money?”  I said, “Correct”.

Now he was really upset and said don’t you worry we will make a deal with you for sure.  I said nope, I just need to walk away, and I did.  My wife picked me up and we went home.

I even had two people thought I spent $32,000 for this car

Now I have to go looking for another car.  Normally I really like the process of buying a car.  By now though, I just wanted to be done and move on with my life.

As I began to look for cars again, I was shocked when I found a 2003 Cadillac  CTS in my price range.  I figured there was something wrong with it, but what I noticed was there were a lot of Cadillac’s for sale in the area between $5,000-$7,000 that were really nice cars.  I was expecting more like $15,000-$20,000.

When I got to the dealership, I was surprised how new the car looked.  I mean it looked like a brand new car.  I asked if it had a salvaged title.  I was told no.  It only had 123,000 miles on it and after the test drive I purchased a 2003 Cadillac CTS for $3,800.

The fun part about it is that I have had a lot of people come up to me and go WOW nice car!  My response to them was so how much do you think that I paid for it?  I have had a lot of people say between $10,000-$20,000 (I even had two people thought I spent $32,000 for this car).  When I tell people I only spent $3,800 their jaw hits the floor. They can’t believe it.  Below is the picture of my recent car purchase.

Cadillac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you had not only an entertaining read, but also learned a few lessons along the way.  Always keep a close eye when buying or even selling a car.  You will be glad you did.

 

What is one of your crazy car stories?
What have you learned about buying cars?

 

 

Justin Bennett

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