I am recent member on Waypoint, so please be easy on me. :-). So I just want to vent my frustration with buying my first ever car. I always used public transportation since I was a kid, or sometimes rode with my parents. I never really thought about buying a car until recently. The main motivation is that I want to travel, and see what the rest of the US has to offer. Travelling using a plane or public transportation IMO would limit the enjoyment. So I had a decent amount of saving and thought about getting a recent used car so that I won’t have to deal with the BS of an old car. Visited several dealerships in my home town, and probably spent about 3 weeks looking. I found a pretty nice car in a very reputable local dealership. I test drove it and loved it, and it was low mileage car. It was only 31k miles, and it was a 2014 so not old by any means. I liked the price, and it seemed to my eyes the car was in meant condition. So I bought it.
It’s been an awesome 3 weeks with the car, and I really so many road trips with it. Clocked in my first 1k miles in about 2 weeks of driving :-). That’s from someone who did zero miles before. So decided to take the car to a detail shop since winter is coming and I wanted to protect the car. Acting like a responsible owner and all that.
Then here is the thing that pretty much messed up my experience with the car. So when I went back to pick the car and I spoke to the person who detailed the car, he then asked me what happened to the car in the past just out of the blue. I said I just bought it a few weeks ago. His face definitely turned into a different color. He then told me that the whole left side of the car was painted. He said a car of this age was probably involved in a pretty serious crash for it to be painted like this. My heart sank. Not only that then he showed the inside the door sills and how bad of a job the auto body shop did to repaint the car. I was just shocked. He said the paint will start peeling off in about a year or even less depending on where I park it. That it’s probably a couple of grands to get proper paintjob. My main concern now is the safety of the car itself. The weird part is that I pulled a carfax, and several other VIN services and not a single accident was reported. The car has a clean title as well and I have the title since I paid fully for it.
I still haven’t contacted the dealership since I found out after their business hours. I will give them a call tomorrow and see what they will say. Not optimistic in term of them helping me out though since I didn’t buy any warranty from them. What surprised me is that I thought that big reputable dealerships were more trustworthy, that they would avoid to scamming buyers since they have a reputation to uphold.
What I learned from my experience:
1- Carfax and any other VIN service are not accurate and easily could be misleading.
2- The dealership reputation doesn’t matter when it comes to transparency especially used cars.
3- an independent inspection should be done regardless of the condition of the car.
I was wondering if anyone on here have experienced something similar, and what did you do?