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Old 05-30-2013, 09:30 PM   #11
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I would not want to have a dealership give out my info to a potential buyer. Not because I have a problem talking about my previous vehicle but because I don't know anything about these people. I have a young child to think about in regards to that. I don't want to be harassed either. What if 20 potential buyers asked that same question. Would you want to talk to 20 people to explain why you traded a vehicle? Also think about if you traded the vehicle with no issues but somehow a few months into the vehicle, something fails and it is an expensive repair. The new owner thinks you've hidden something and begins harassing you for lying to them because they don't believe you told them the truth. Yes I do wonder why my truck was traded. I have my own theories. I have created my own story, my truck was in immaculate condition and low mileage. I decided it was owned by someone with a travel trailer who discovered the low payload when wanting to upgrade to a larger TT or 5er so they traded it on a bigger TV. I like my story it makes me happy. in reality do as suggested above in getting service/repair reports on the vehicle and get a mechanic you trust to check out the vehicle in question.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:43 PM   #12
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I would not want to have a dealership give out my info to a potential buyer. Not because I have a problem talking about my previous vehicle but because I don't know anything about these people. I have a young child to think about in regards to that. I don't want to be harassed either. What if 20 potential buyers asked that same question. Would you want to talk to 20 people to explain why you traded a vehicle? Also think about if you traded the vehicle with no issues but somehow a few months into the vehicle, something fails and it is an expensive repair. The new owner thinks you've hidden something and begins harassing you for lying to them because they don't believe you told them the truth. Yes I do wonder why my truck was traded. I have my own theories. I have created my own story, my truck was in immaculate condition and low mileage. I decided it was owned by someone with a travel trailer who discovered the low payload when wanting to upgrade to a larger TT or 5er so they traded it on a bigger TV. I like my story it makes me happy. in reality do as suggested above in getting service/repair reports on the vehicle and get a mechanic you trust to check out the vehicle in question.
This is exactly why a reputable dealer will not tell you who the previous owner was (if indeed they even know as it could have been acquired at auction).

If they do give it out, who are they telling information about you?
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:51 PM   #13
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IMHO, if i were to trade-in a vehicle, it's not anyone else's business who i am and why i traded it in.
i would sue any dealer that gave my personal info to a prospective buyer.

now, if it was a private party sale, then that's a face-to-face thing and i, as a seller, would have no problems telling the buyer about the vehicle and why i was selling it.

but since i've never traded in a car and have sold all my previous vehicles myself, i can control what info i give out.
but if i ever did trade-in a vehicle and someone got my personal info from the dealer, man would i be pissed off.

and personally, if i'm buying a used vehicle, if the dealer doesn't have the background info, then it's none of my business and i would never even think of bothering the previous owner.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #14
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I would not want to have a dealership give out my info to a potential buyer. Not because I have a problem talking about my previous vehicle but because I don't know anything about these people. I have a young child to think about in regards to that. I don't want to be harassed either. What if 20 potential buyers asked that same question. Would you want to talk to 20 people to explain why you traded a vehicle? Also think about if you traded the vehicle with no issues but somehow a few months into the vehicle, something fails and it is an expensive repair. The new owner thinks you've hidden something and begins harassing you for lying to them because they don't believe you told them the truth. Yes I do wonder why my truck was traded. I have my own theories. I have created my own story, my truck was in immaculate condition and low mileage. I decided it was owned by someone with a travel trailer who discovered the low payload when wanting to upgrade to a larger TT or 5er so they traded it on a bigger TV. I like my story it makes me happy. in reality do as suggested above in getting service/repair reports on the vehicle and get a mechanic you trust to check out the vehicle in question.
Agree 100%. And to support your theory that is close to the reason we traded our previous truck; 2011 with 20,000km. Great truck for whoever bought however I wouldn't be comfortable with the dealer giving my information to prospective buyers!
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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All good points I didn't consider, thanks
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:05 AM   #16
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I traded in a 1997 pickup in 1999 and the dealer called me and told me a prospective buyer had some questions he wanted to ask the original owner. He (the dealer) first asked me if there was anything wrong with the truck, or anything he should know about it. Then he asked if he dialed me up with the customer in the office, would I talk to the customer. Sure I would. The customer will not have my name, or my number, and if I want to continue to do business with the salesman, and get good deals with them, I see no problem with it. Now if the dealer wants to give out my first and last name, and my phone number... then we just crossed a line that would change my mind, but let me also say I work for a bank and have the ability to run reports on individuals for various reasons. One report always tells me every vehicle the individual ever owned, the vin, the plate number, etc. This stuff is easy to find, I think worrying about something like this is only bound to give one an ulcer.

The the OP, I think if you re-worded to the dealer that you would like them to call the individuals and allow you to speak with them, the request should be honored and if someone did that to me today, I would be happy to tell them about a vehicle I just traded.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:54 AM   #17
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Your title is going to the new owner. It will have enough information to provide contact information. I have regularly contacted previous owners, generally after purchase.
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