So I drove 300 miles with my son this weekend to personally inspect and drive home a 98 Diamond White LS with 97k miles.
I had reviewed HD photos, done my research on carfax and the service history and had the bank draft in hand.
are the car details as I posted a few weeks back.
When I arrived, I noticed a few things about the car that were off putting. My son says I am being WAY too picky, but if I am going to pay a full 1k over the KBB retail price on a car I was told is "showroom condition" and "nearly flawless" then I feel the following items would give any serious LS enthusiast pause.
1. The seats were PERFECT but definitely recovered. This was most noticeable when looking at the driver headrest as well as the leather on the door jams that was cut in several places.
2.The AC while very cold was making a noticeable hum from what I believe was a belt
3. The Center vents are all but destroyed. The frame was cracked and chipped in several places and the actual vent rails were broken
4. The wood console had several cracks and the shifter was split down the middle.
5. The wood steering wheel was also cracked in about 10 places
6. There were two very small dings in the rear deck lid
7. The outside mirrors had spiderweb cracking in the paint
8. The rear bumper was obviously repainted as the over spray was all over the black plastic. The "new" bumper paint was also peeling, cracking and flaking off at the seams
9. The car had a shimmy at 60mph that was not horrible but definitely noticeable. Could have been tire balancing, but could be suspension issues as well
10. Lots of pitting and a few scuffs on the lower grey area of car. Admittedly the paint seems to be in good shape though.
11. Tires had great tread but showed some cracking telling me they were old and that perhaps this car sat a while.
12. I also learned this was an auction car, not sure how bad that actually is.
13. No documentation on timing belt/WP service other than a sticker which while possibly legit, I have to believe that if it was done 4k miles ago as stated, there would be some paperwork.
So 30 minutes later we left. The "salesman" made it easier and topped it off by telling me that he has 3 offers that were $1,000 more than mine so I was doing him a favor (uh huh). 10k for that car? I think not.
So we wasted a day and some gas money but it was not that bad, but what do you guys think? Am I being too picky for a 16 year old car? I just feel like a car with 97k miles, advertised as showroom and nearly flawless being sold for a grand over KBB should be closer to perfect.
So if anyone has a REALLY near perfect car, I am in the market, cash in hand.
The hunt continues... I will find my unicorn!