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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a new car

So lately ive heard of people talking about how the porters or service men with take the cars out and just beat the living $h!t when they have just a few miles on the clock. What you guys and gals think about this? Cant even be worry free when buying a brand new car. When i was test driving cars, all the speed3s had about 20 miles on them so bring me to believe that they do.
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If the buyer is worried then go buy a car from a downtown lot where there isn't an opportunity to take them out and beat on them.

I used to sell cars and never saw a porter or anyone else take cars out and beat on them. If the sales manager sees cars leaving the lot w/out reason someone will be losing their job. Those guys are paid by the hour and wasting the dealerships time and money doesn't usually fly.

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i bought a new car recently, and was just wondering. my car had 27 miles on it when i bought it. only 2 blk ones in IL at the time. well one of my friends used to take pics for a stealership and would drive them to a lot to take pics. and he was telling me all the crazy stories of when he would take out cars and launch then, do burnouts, and all kinds of other shit. im just really anal about everything. so it was just bugging me
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Its given that it does happen. But those occurrences have to be very rare. Most of those miles are from random test drives or from dealer trades.

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i can only hope. thanks for easing the pain lol
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Now just don't valet park your car!

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My car came with ~150 miles on it. I wouldn't be surprised if the guy(s) driving it from the factory to the dealership beat the hell out of it.

A couple weeks ago I saw a 2011 5.0 convertible with a manufacturer's badge on it driven by a young girl on the expressway. I spotted her coming onto the freeway from like 1/4 mile back, and I had to go FAST to catch up to her. I pulled up next to her and we exchanged smiles. She was definitely joy riding. Probably the owner's daughter or something.
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A buddy of mine has a friend that drives BMWs off the ship, across town, and to a holding lot. He said that pretty much, if the boss sees you messing with one of the cars and/or you crash/damage one, you're fired on the spot (literally...you have to walk back to the yard). Don't care if you've been with them for 20 years or 2 months. Zero tolerance.

I was cruising through Port Hueneme (where the ship docks, pronounced "Why-nee-mee" for you non-locals) and was in the middle of one of their runs before





As far as buying a car with a lot of miles on it, my car had 176 miles when I got it. Haven't had any catastrophic issues (yet). F150 had around 500 miles on it (parents bought it brand new in '99) and it's at 99,600 miles with no major issues. Guess you just gotta have faith that the dealer guys won't let test-drivers be morons.

Or as Daniel said, you can buy a car at a really big dealer that's near a dock/distribution point. Like Galpin Ford in Panorama City for example. None of the 142 Escapes in their inventory (at the time) had more than 10 miles on them. Most had 5 or less. But there are a few random cars that have 100+ miles, but that's because the salesmen jump in one to drive customers to the holding yard (off-site by a few blocks) where they keep their like 5,000 car inventory.
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I did a dealer trade for my Mustang and it had like 45 miles on it when I got it, said dealer was about 35 miles away, wasn't too worried about that. My speed 3 only had 2 miles on it when I got it, so I knew it wasn't beaten on at all.

My wifes focus didn't even have 1 mile on it, just half of one, and was still wrapped in plastic when we bought it. We actually got to unwrap it, which was kind of cool.

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I've never seen or heard of a car with 1 or 2 miles as almost every one is either dyno'd or goes on a test loop at the factory as part of the QA before being cleared for distribution. 4 miles is traditionally the min.

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