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Old 05-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Buying a truck

Looking for those with the most experience. Here is what I did, saw a truck I'm interested in, looked on the lot (2011 ram 2500 Laramie long bed), looked a couple times, did not exchange info with any sells man. Looked on the Internet and it specifically stated that the truck was pre owned not from an auction. So I called the dealership asked for sales and stated which vehicle I was interested in, I next asked to have open communication with the previous owner. Of course they have to ask permission etc. .... I'm curious of why they got rid of the truck, any issues, and last but not least what the dealer gave them on trade thus having a base line price. You should of heard the sells guys ,,,,uuuuuuuh when I stated the above, wonder how often they get that. He had no info on me, just that I was interested! Soooo give me the good bad and ugly?????
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Oh I did not specify my intentions, just wanted to chat with previous owner
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I don't see how knowing what the dealership paid for the truck should matter. Either it's worth the price the price they are asking or not.

Dh is an electrical contractor, I'm a bookkeeper. I find it rude when a customer asks about the vendors profit margin. None of their business.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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I don't see how knowing what the dealership paid for the truck should matter. Either it's worth the price the price they are asking or not.

Dh is an electrical contractor, I'm a bookkeeper. I find it rude when a customer asks about the vendors profit margin. None of their business.
Uuuuuh when it comes to vehicles it's a huge difference, and RV's too.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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How can one dealer sell for so much cheaper?

Memorize this thread and the attached PDFs (courtesy of Edmunds.com) on how salesman operate.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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If you know what you can afford and will pay, and the price they are asking is reasonable, what they paid, should be irrelevant.

If they paid 10k, and offered to me at 10k, I thought that was a good price, why should it be not a good price if they paid 8k?
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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If you know what you can afford and will pay, and the price they are asking is reasonable, what they paid, should be irrelevant.

If they paid 10k, and offered to me at 10k, I thought that was a good price, why should it be not a good price if they paid 8k?
The dealer is not going to tell me what they paid for the truck, at least not the truth, the prior owner who has already got rid of the vehicle may very well tell me, they have nothing to loose! At least that is my thinking. 10/10 is great they made no profit then, not very likely!
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Chances are the dealer will not tell you who the previous owner was, nor give you contact info. If you do get it from them, stick with them as they could very well be a great dealer to work with. ****edit - assuming they have actually received approval from the previous owner****

Is the dealership a Dodge dealer? If so, ask them to pull a warranty/service report on the vehicle. Get a full carfax and compare the two. Look for variances. If you are really concered, pay a shop to go over it with a fine tooth comb for you.

What warranty is remaining on it? Could any issues be covered under factory warranty still?

Last but not least what the previous owner was offered for trade is probably of no value to you other than give you a false perception of what you think you might attempt to negotiate for a price. What you need to know is what cost the dealer has in it. The two are not the same. Why not just ask them that? Yes, my dealer has shared this with me (but I am a loyal customer).

Check fair market values via KBB, NADA,Edmunds, ebay, etc and determine the price you would be willing to pay. Strike a deal, and be done with it.
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you could always go on a cummins forum and ask for a VIN report it is free and most forums do it for their members, it also shows the owners name
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Thanks for the help
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