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Old 07-25-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Buying first camaro used - need advice

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So I'm looking to buy my first car/camaro and found a nice 2013 2SS with only ~500 miles for under $32k. Looking at the pics, I'm slightly concerned about the condition of the engine and of any installed mods that might void the warranty. Hopefully someone with more experienced eyes can help me steer closer or steer clear. Thanks.



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Old 07-25-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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The only mods I see in the pictures are a catchcan (read thing on the left), tower brace and the Cold-Air intake. Non should give you concern as they are common and should not void the warranty. If you do purchase, be sure to empty the catchcan frequently, especially in the winter.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
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Tuning may void the warranty depending on what was tuned in or out. Pictures won't capture. Buy and enjoy.....I always say.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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Plus, run your fingers around the hood, fenders, and trunk. It should be smooth around the edges and if it is rough, the car has been repainted in that area.
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Dealer or private sale? Those are standard Cold Air Intake, Strut Tower and a Catch Can. All reversible also.

Does it have headers or a tune? Tuning may void the warranty, but the rest are pretty safe.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:17 PM   #6
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Looks fine, but an SS is a hell of a lot of car for a first car.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:37 PM   #7
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Dealer or private sale? Those are standard Cold Air Intake, Strut Tower and a Catch Can. All reversible also.

Does it have headers or a tune? Tuning may void the warranty, but the rest are pretty safe.
Dealer, not a chevy dealer though.

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Looks fine, but an SS is a hell of a lot of car for a first car.
Only a first car in the sense of buying it all myself, I've been driving for years. The only thing I'm worried about is I don't have much experience driving a manual...but I'm willing to learn
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:44 PM   #8
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Hey all,

So I'm looking to buy my first car/camaro and found a nice 2013 2SS with only ~500 miles for under $32k. Looking at the pics, I'm slightly concerned about the condition of the engine and of any installed mods that might void the warranty. Hopefully someone with more experienced eyes can help me steer closer or steer clear. Thanks.



WOW! A 2013 2SS with less than 500 miles for only $32k? Man I wish I lived in Maryland! I'm paying $29k for a 2ss with 22k miles in California!!
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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Here's how that is gonna work. Obviously the air box is no longer under warranty since its been replaced with the CAI. If there is engine trouble down the road and it can pin pointed that one of those mods caused it then yes warranty is void on the engine. It's gotta be caused by the mods though. (IE: Catch can was installed incorrectly and blew a seal, mod caused the failure therefore they are not gonna fix it under warranty.)
Also when you go to look at it ask to have it put on the lift for you because you want to look under it. This gives you the chance to see for yourself if there are any visible trouble signs like leaks. With such low mileage there shouldn't be any problems but you never know. It's always good to be wary about things you're paying a lot of money for and if the place selling it is any good they wont mind letting you look at the car for yourself.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #10
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Dealer, not a chevy dealer though.



Only a first car in the sense of buying it all myself, I've been driving for years. The only thing I'm worried about is I don't have much experience driving a manual...but I'm willing to learn
I learned how to drive manual in mine. Takes lots of patience
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These V8s are easy to learn on. Engine has enough torque to roll easy, then just let the clutch out smooth and go!

Sounds like a killer deal.

Do you know anyone in the are that has a shop that can look at it? Prepurchade inspection? Also check the regional section to see if another member can go with you to give it a once over.

Just a coupe of thoughts.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:44 PM   #12
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Here's how that is gonna work. Obviously the air box is no longer under warranty since its been replaced with the CAI. If there is engine trouble down the road and it can pin pointed that one of those mods caused it then yes warranty is void on the engine. It's gotta be caused by the mods though. (IE: Catch can was installed incorrectly and blew a seal, mod caused the failure therefore they are not gonna fix it under warranty.)
Also when you go to look at it ask to have it put on the lift for you because you want to look under it. This gives you the chance to see for yourself if there are any visible trouble signs like leaks. With such low mileage there shouldn't be any problems but you never know. It's always good to be wary about things you're paying a lot of money for and if the place selling it is any good they wont mind letting you look at the car for yourself.

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Excellent advice. Get that thing on a lift and check it out. I cannot tell you how many times people I know have bought used cars, taken it to a service place for an oil change a month or so later, and the tech comes in and says "hey, you may want to look at this......."
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:51 PM   #13
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Price almost sounds too good to be true....

Take it to a shop to have it looked at first. If everything checks out then purchase and enjoy!
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:19 PM   #14
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Why was it modded modestly as it appears and then traded at a non-chevy dealer with 500 miles? What is the story and check Carfax. I traded my 2012 2SS/RS and left the cold air intake on it. The original parts are in my spare bedroom and I don't know what to do with them. The dealer is also asking $33,000 for it. That is a deal almost too good to be true that you are looking at.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:27 PM   #15
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Why was it modded modestly as it appears and then traded at a non-chevy dealer with 500 miles? What is the story and check Carfax. I traded my 2012 2SS/RS and left the cold air intake on it. The original parts are in my spare bedroom and I don't know what to do with them. The dealer is also asking $33,000 for it. That is a deal almost too good to be true that you are looking at.
Carfax is clean. The only thing highlighted is the ignition recall.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:28 PM   #16
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Here's how that is gonna work. Obviously the air box is no longer under warranty since its been replaced with the CAI. If there is engine trouble down the road and it can pin pointed that one of those mods caused it then yes warranty is void on the engine. It's gotta be caused by the mods though. (IE: Catch can was installed incorrectly and blew a seal, mod caused the failure therefore they are not gonna fix it under warranty.)
Also when you go to look at it ask to have it put on the lift for you because you want to look under it. This gives you the chance to see for yourself if there are any visible trouble signs like leaks. With such low mileage there shouldn't be any problems but you never know. It's always good to be wary about things you're paying a lot of money for and if the place selling it is any good they wont mind letting you look at the car for yourself.
Thanks for the advice :-)
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:33 PM   #17
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One thing that will knock the price down is the M6. Mine was 25k with 28k miles on it though. This was in October. This thing is cheap lol. I'll also tell you the paint isn't that great on these cars. Get ready for hell trying to keep the black paint looking good
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #18
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See if you can carfax or find out where it came from, I am gonna guess repo or rental return or dealer demo. NOBODY willingly gets out of a car with that little time behind the wheel. the mods tell me they really liked the car and planned to keep it a long time. something is fishy here......
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if the oil looks clean and it drives ok I would buy it, have bought two 5th gens used. no issues to date. check the carfax also.
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checked it out on auto trader, if I didn't own the exact car but an 11 I would probably buy it myself, looks clean, I would do it if I were you!
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:03 PM   #21
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Why was it modded modestly as it appears and then traded at a non-chevy dealer with 500 miles? What is the story and check Carfax.
Agree - something seems a bit fishy here.
Might be a long shot but see if dealer will get you on the phone with previous owner and see why they traded it in with so few miles on it.

Also - although Carfax is a good starting point it only shows reported issues and fixes.
Take someone with you who knows a thing or two about vehicles and get their opinion while dealer has it jacked up and have them take it for a spin.
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Maybe the person who had it couldn't drive a stick and was just a Sunday car - who knows -
All in all it's a good deal - I would get it - just have a shop do a one over
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:20 PM   #23
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I feel like anyone who has done the strut tower brace has also done some other suspension work? Otherwise it's basically just for looks. Check the sways and springs?
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Carfax is clean. The only thing highlighted is the ignition recall.
Just because the Carfax is clean , doesn't mean that nothing happen to it
Assuming that something was done on /to the car , on a private / non dealer ,Quasy legal shop , it will never be on that thing called Carfax
So keep your eye wide open , take a friend that can spot things that you may be able for more than one reason , and have it inspected , and ask lots a questions
Then listen to their answers , and read in between the lines , that's where you could see what the don't want you to know

The State off Maryland had some extra long winters las time around , lots off rain , etc who know if this car was a swimmer before ?
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I would tell the dealer I will take it as long as it checks out and just drive it over to a Chevy dealer and have them inspect it. Especially check to see if it was tuned, because if it was you would probably have a huge problem if anything ever went wrong with it.

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