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Re: Buying a car from a Goodwill Auction Posted by Justin VanAbrahams [Email] (#32) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Justin VanAbrahams) on Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:50:51
In Reply to: Buying a car from a Goodwill Auction, RodM, Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:49:49 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
I bought my first Suburban from Goodwill. They were pretty accommodating, but a test drive was not possible. I was able to start the car, put it in gear to make sure it tugged in one direction or the other, play with the buttons and switches, etc. Can't say that's how they all go down, but it was consistent with other auto auctions. I wouldn't inherently assume it's completely messed up - Goodwill is a big name in charity, and someone (possibly foolishly) looking to offset some income or not wanting to deal with the hassle of a private sale might donate a low-value vehicle to them... I'm sure that's what happened with my truck - it wasn't worth anything as a trade, and some folks just aren't up for privately selling cars. I put a fair number of hard miles on the 'burban, only maintenance it ever needed was oil changes.
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