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Looking for Current Info On Slick Deals Approach for Buying Used Program Cars

88 30 July 8, 2019 at 05:49 AM
Looking for SD approach on buying a program car or certified used car, low milage car. Specifically, looking a fairly new Honda CRV.

Yes I have seen, and used, SD's thread on Negotiating a new car.

I googled similar titles involving SD approach to buying a used car, but could not find a similar thread which makes sense since buying used cars can be like an "apples to organges" excercise.

I saw this old 2013 SD thread about buying used car at auctions and I have even done this before and saved big.

https://slickdeals.net/f/5829914-buying-a-used-car-at-the-wholesale-auction-like-manheim?page=41

Looking for some more current insider deal approaches on how to begin.

Yes, I am aware of Costco, Sam's Club, and USAA. Some funnel you thru True Car and I am eligible to use them all. I have read the True Car won't produce your best deal. I could be wrong. Things change.

Would appreciate some ideas, suggestions, and even postings of old SD links you have bookmarked that I can piggyback on.

Thanks so much!

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OP forgot to add (in above post) that he will consider a manufacturer OTHER THAN HONDA CRV for a compact crossover SUV purchase (for instance: Toyota RAV4, etc.) if the:

(1) Milage is under 25,000 miles
(2) Quality/Reliability is high (well manufactured) with low maintenance, and
(3) Value / price is comparable or better than the Honda CRV.

Doesn't have to be a "Program Car" or ""Certfied Used Car".

Year is unimportant.

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Did you have any luck op?
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Did you have any luck op?
Haven't bought yet but have a strong lead; however, you may or may not be able to duplicate.

Here is what I am working on.

I actually have a friend who owns a auto repair shop that also does auto body insurance work. I he had lots of wrecked cars in one lot and "not wrecked cars" in another lot. Having been in a wreck recently, I asked him if he was buying wrecked cars from the insurance companies after they were totalled. If you haven't been in a wreck recently, a car can be totalled by the insurer for what appears to be minor body damage that spans from the front fender to the rear fender it doesn't take much.

He said that he was in fact buying these totalled cars and asked him to explain how his system worked. He said he buys these cars thru auto auctions in Texas. In Texas that have fairly strict disclosure rules and the online auctions accurately list all damages. From the Texas auto auction pictures and written description he can pretty much estimate how much it will cost for him to do the repairs (he further said that he has never run into any "hidden non-disclosed damage", water damaged cars yet). Furthermore, he also claims that he can basically buy any make and model of vehicle with the desired milage a customer wants.

I live in a state next to Texas and am not sure how he transports the car.

He is telling me that he signifcantly beat the dealers or individuals selling their clean late model, low milage cars.

About 15 years ago, I ran accross a guy, who worked at a dealer, who had a similar side gig involving Chrysler auto auctions. His deal was this: You tell him the car you want, the miles, and options you wanted. He would tell you up front how much he would have to bid to win the car. He simply bid the amount you agreed to and added $500 to the bid cost. It took him like 2-3 hours total for the deal.

These weren't damaged cars but were "program cars" or "fleet lease cars" or some such. This old guy died off.

Found out about both of these guys by luck, but I am sure there are similar guys doing this everywhere.,

Did a quick google search and found a random online auto auction in Dallas (not sure which one my guy uses).

https://www.copart.com/locations/dallas-tx-12/

https://www.copart.com/saleListRe...etail%2F12

Good luck on trying to duplicate this. Might be able to see if you have any in your town or simply start calling repair shops that do body work if they are buying these insurance totalled cars. If they do lots of insurance work, I would imagine that they may get involved in this process.

Good luck!




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