It's probably worth the $15 to get the carfax report (www.carfax.com) if
that wasn't what you meant by a lemon report. If that shows no accident
damage, then the normal assumption is that someone leased a new car, and
had it repossessed. It shouldn't be any better or worse than an owned
car, unless they hauled it away upside down! There are a lot of small
companies and individuals out there right now that have been unable to
keep up the payments, and it's not surprising that a car like that would
come up. If you are really serious about it, have a knowledgeable
friend or a good mechanic look it over. It would cost a few bucks, but
would be worth it....
Amy Soich wrote:
> This is not LBC related, but I know you guys know everything there is
>to know about cars :)
> I am looking to buy a used 2001-02 Suzuki XL-7 (I know, I know, but it
>fits our needs well and is affordable). There is one near me that is
>cheap (12,999). It is 4 wheel drive which is good. The price is right
>and the miles are at 27,000 on a 2002. So I did a lemon check with the
>vin and it turns out the car was a lease car and acquired those miles
>all in one year.
> So, how bad is that? What kind of problems should I expect? Or do you
>think it would be ok?
> I know I've heard you shouldn't buy a lease car, but I don't know why.
>27,000 miles doesn't seem like much, but I admittedly don't know
>anything about the potential problems from them being in one year.
> If I decide against this car then I have to go to a <gulp> minivan! ;
>} That's what happens when you have your third kid on the way. (the
>other XL-7 in my area is a 2001 w/38,000 miles for $15,900, but trying
>to keep payments low and didn't want to go this high)
>Any advice is appreciated, feel free to respond off list.
>67 Sprite MkIV
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