Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2003 18:39:44 -0300 From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org> Subject: Re: What car would you buy INSTEAD OF of a Saab???
Salutations: Skid wrote: > > "Grunff" <grunffnopsam.com> wrote in message > > Skid wrote: > > > > Utter tripe. I'm not a qualified mechanic, but I'm willing to > > bet that when I check a car over, I spot things many "qualified > > mechanics" wouldn't. I'm also willing to bet that a good few > > people on this NG fall into the same category. > > > > -- > > Grunff > > > > So you think it's better just buying what J.D. Power says is reliable and > trusting to luck? I wouldn't buy anything as expensive, or potentially > expensive, as a house or car without an independent inspection. When I > bought my 9-3, I already had a short list of needed repairs in hand -- none > of which were visible without wrenching. The inspection, at an independent > shop I've used for years, cost $60. It allowed me to negotiate a couple of > grand off the asking price and saved me unpleasant surprises after the sale. > > I'm not questioning your ability to seek or find potential trouble in a used > car. But for most of us mere mortals without x-ray vision and intimate > knowledge of the shop manual, an inspection is cheap insurance. Skid, Grunff - relax brothers.. I know it is as hot as hades planet wide this summer - but no need to kick the tables and chairs around.. You are both right - it's a question of timing I think.. :) .. Grunff is correct - a lot - of folks here know enough to get a good handle on whether or not a given machine is worth having a bumper to bumper inspection.. Heck, I even know to ask here when I'm not sure about something.. On the other hand - Skid is correct as well - in that when I have it down to a really likely candidate I spring for an inspection to get an estimate (the more important bit) so I know where I'm standing on the cost of ownership curve.. Folly to do otherwise in an everyone's books I'll wager.. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day En Vogue Salt n Pepa - What a Mighty Good Man http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/168.RAM