i’m interested in buying a used car from a major, reputable, new and used car dealership. more notably, a 05-08 corolla, or any other 4 cyl basic car. would it be too much to negotiate for $2000 off, free lifetime oil and filter, annual rust proofing, and change of antifreeze, trans fluid, brake fluid, air filter, fuel filter, and cabin filter upon purchase, if there are no service records proving that it has been done or if the car is over 60,000 miles?
can i ask to see service records if the last owner provided them?
how do i really know when the car was traded in because it could have been sitting in the lot for weeks or months?
please send me any and all tips and tricks that you may have!
I would be glad to help you figure out the best way to make this purchase. The answer to your first question: “is it too much to ask for a discount of $2000?” The answer is no it’s not too much to ask for in fact you may want to ask for a $3000 discount. Why?, because you can always go down and you can’t go back up, and $3000 is close to the normal spread between wholesale and retail. What I would do personally, is rather than worry about whether or not the regular maintenances were done recently etc….is I would purchase a Certified Used Vehicle from Toyota. The certification process is rigorous and addresses the issues that you mentioned in your question. Specifically certified preowned Toyotas must pass a 160 .quality assurance inspection. Not only that but the thresholds for what is acceptable and what is not are significantly higher than they would be were it not a certified car. Certification does other things for you as well:
1. It provides you with a three month a 3000 mile comprehensive warranty
2. It also provides you with a seven year 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and
3. It provides you with a seven-year 100,000 mile roadside assistance plan
4. Last but not least, certified preowned vehicles qualify for standard new car financing rates instead of the higher used car rates.
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