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Can I see what the previous sale price of a used car is?

avatar78 964 237 April 23, 2016 at 01:29 PM

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I was looking at a used car, and I'd like to see what the current owner paid for it. Since most states charge sales tax, the purchase price should be in a state database somewhere? Is there a way to access that, in the same way that home sales prices can be tracked?

In my quickie google searching, I see that car dealers don't have to pay sales tax on trade-ins, so there's probably no way to see what they paid? Might just work for sales to private persons. Though I feel like car auction prices would be logged somewhere.

Not sure if anyone knows the answer to this, I'd just like to pay closer to the trade-in price.



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No, there's no way to get this info short of getting it from someone at the dealership or the previous owner. In most cases the dealer pays somewhere between the NADA average and clean trade-in values. In any case, you are likely to pay at least 10-15% above what the dealership paid for the vehicle so ultimately, your goal should be to get the vehicle for as close to the NADA trade-in value as you can. The used car market is a seller's market right now (and has been for awhile) so hard bargaining doesn't usually get you as far as used to.
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This is a capitalist society. What someone paid for something is immaterial to what you will pay them for it. Find the car you like, do your research, and make an offer.
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