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Old 07-13-2011, 03:57 PM   #1
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Local dealer brings new cars home for personal use...

So, the owners of a local GM dealership live on my way to work, and it's hard not to notice the new cars always parked in their drievway. Now I understand owning a dealership probably comes with its perks, but I feel like it's now getting excessive. Everyday I come home there is at least 2 or 3 new dealer cars at their place, none of them titled, just with "demonstrator" plates. We're talking brand new Camaros, Corvette ZR1's, Z06's, CTS-V's, Escalades, Yukons, you name it. Perhaps I wouldn't have a problem with this if it was the responsible adult owners driving these fast and expensive new cars (that will be sold as "new" to an unsuspecting customer ) if it wasn't that I see their teenaged kids bombing around town tearing up the streets driving "like they stole it" in these cars every day!!

I won't be buying a car from them EVER, seeing how the "new" cars are getting treated is plainly scary. More so knowing the type of person to buy these exotic cars would cringe to know how their cars have been treated. Can't even complain since the owners are obviously allowing this to happen. One thing is for sure, I won't ever buy a new car unless it is authentically fresh off the truck. Can't trust anyone eh?

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Old 07-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #2
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agree... I wouldn't buy a new car if it had more than 15 miles on it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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I never buy a "New" Car with more than 5 miles or so on it...
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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My SS had 110 miles on her when i picked it up. Only 2SS/RS vert in that color combo and options within 500 miles.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:13 PM   #5
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That would be why I test drove one then bought mine and had it shipped. She had 2 miles on her when I picked her up
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #6
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That's nothing. When I worked for Chrysler, every night we picked a new one off the line and drove it with the speedo disconnected. Sometimes for the night, sometimes for the weekend. It was a quality control check. We found a lot wrong with them, and they were repaired before being shipped to the dealers. It was standard proceedure with all the car companies. One guy rolled his, and it was scrapped.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:46 PM   #7
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That's nothing. When I worked for Chrysler, every night we picked a new one off the line and drove it with the speedo disconnected. Sometimes for the night, sometimes for the weekend. It was a quality control check. We found a lot wrong with them, and they were repaired before being shipped to the dealers. It was standard proceedure with all the car companies. One guy rolled his, and it was scrapped.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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Yea back in 98/99 I saw dealers doing the same thing. As one posted. If it's got more than 15 mi don't buy. That simple.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #9
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agree... I wouldn't buy a new car if it had more than 15 miles on it.
Mine was fresh off the truck with 16 miles, guess I shouldn't have bought it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:52 PM   #10
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Dealers have had demos forever. You can get them at pretty nice savings.


The disconnecting the speedo post would be considered illegal now. The mileage has to be signed off on and to misrepresent it can land you making plates.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #11
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Kind of like the dealership in my town, had a 2010 Camaro with the supercharger package and the 550 hp emblems, not sure if it was a package or added on later. They wanted something like 50k and it had damn near 1k miles on it. and I know for a fact that they ran it hard. Whoever bought it must of been pretty dumb
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:20 PM   #12
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Mine only had 12, Isn't there a law where if the car has over 50 miles its not considered "new"??
I wont even let the service guys drive mine! So anything over 10-20 miles I wouldnt buy!
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:27 PM   #13
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:28 PM   #14
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Mine had 80 miles, hope they drove it hard, I sure did since I bought it. It uses zero oil and runs better every mile. Teach them young.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #15
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Mine had 3 miles on it when I left the dealership. The Summit White one that I test drove....well it had a few more then 3
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:50 PM   #16
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I never buy a "New" Car with more than 5 miles or so on it...
If your Camaro has the rally stripes put on after being finished at the factory, it gets driven to another location to install them, putting about 13 total miles on the odometer before it gets to the dealer.
At least that was the way it was done for the 2010 model.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:55 PM   #17
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My car had 160 miles on it when I bought it "new". I've always wondered what kind of abuse the car endured those 160 miles.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:07 PM   #18
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GET OVER IT !
I agree. My car had 263 Miles on it when I bought it. They had to get it from Pennsylvania (I live in New Jersey) to get one how I wanted it. My salesman did tell me about it to make sure I was OK with it and my response was: "I am fine with it".

I even know a guy who used to drive cars from dealer to dealer when a different dealer had one that somebody else wanted. They usually give those jobs to retired guys who don't beat on the cars (I can only imagine the responses I will get from that last sentence).

The dealer from Pennsylvania traded my Yellow Camaro, for a Red Equinox from the dealer in New Jersey (just figured I'd throw that in for the heck of it).
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:19 PM   #19
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Sky had 610 miles on it. Was on the lot for a year. LOL

BTW, you do know who is paying for those cars right? Dealer has to finance their own inventory so essentially it's his/her property to "evaluate". For example, if someone went to test drive a car and "didn't return", what happens? Who's insurance company pays who for that?
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:42 PM   #20
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:50 PM   #21
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Who gives a shit...they own them. I think it's cool...I would be doing the same thing. YOU WOULD TOO...LOL...RIGHT?
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:03 PM   #22
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Who gives a shit...they own them. I think it's cool...I would be doing the same thing. YOU WOULD TOO...LOL...RIGHT?
While I can't argue - I do think it's irresponsible for them to allow their kids to drive them.
In the end, however, it's the person buying the car that has to assess if the mielage on the car is acceptable to them or not.

My car was purchased with less then 10 miles on it, but the dealer drove it to me. I can only imagine the fun he had flooring my car, but it got to me with no damage and just a bit more mileage then purchased. That was my choice and I'm ok with that.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:32 PM   #23
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:41 PM   #24
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Mine had 307! Didn't even care...it was the exact configuration I was looking for, and the only one available without ordering at the time. It was driven from PA to my dealer in Ohio...and it was perfect in every way...not a mark on it. It was still new, and my warranty expiration is 3yr/36,307, 5yr/100,307!.....so who cares how it was driven...I can assure you it wasn't driven any harder than I drive it every weekend!
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #25
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THe dealership does own the cars they are driving home. It's legally new until it's titled regardless of miles. it might be poor business to add miles to new cars like that. But around here anyone can test drive any car on the lot - thus the miles on it when you buy it.
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