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#1769 of 2124 I am asking this for a friend
Jun 12, 2005 (8:04 pm)
he owns a post-2000 mustang, purchased used in the last few years...when purchased it was Certified Pre Owned from a Ford Dealer, so he paid a premium for that CPO designation...he recently had it in a shop, maybe Carmax, where they examined the car and pointed out to him multiple indiciations that the car had been in a major wreck...my friend had no accidents with it, so it must be prior to his ownership...assuming that the technicians were correct, how could this vehicle pass a CPO certification???...I believed (with no documentation to back me up) that one of the disqualifying factors for ANY of the brands sold as CPO was that they could not have suffered major damage in a wreck...maybe a small fender bender, but nothing that would cause the replacement of the front end (which is what these folks said had happened, the front end was replaced)...can aanyone shed any light on this???...when checked at the time of purchase, CarFAX (not carmax) showed clear with no wrecks...did he get ripped off by a Ford dealer, or is he being shucked and jived from CarMax???
#1770 of 2124 Re: I am asking this for a friend [marsha7]
Jun 12, 2005 (8:11 pm)
Hard to know without seeing the car. Carfax isn't infallible, they depend on records from the DMV. Titles can be washed, states can be sloppy. Carmax has a pretty good reputation right now, so they probably aren't lying, but the Ford Dealer may not have intentionally ripped the guy off either, they may just have missed the damage as it wasn't a matter of record for the car either.
#1771 of 2124 Daytime Running Lights
Jun 14, 2005 (7:31 am)
My service manual for my 2000 V6 convertible has a section on daytime running lights. The car doesn't seem to have them and the previous owner didn't notice them. I know that they were required in Canada in 2000 but I wondered if the US cars are simply missing something that could activate them. The sales literature for 2000 doesn't mention daytime running lights under the safety section. Can somebody shed some light on this (excuse the pun). ?
#1772 of 2124 RE: Mustang GT 5.0 [mgh]
Jun 14, 2005 (7:41 am)
Sell your car privately. I've had pretty good luck when I sold cars in the $3-10k range. I had a problem selling more expensive cars because someone could go to a dealer and get a new car, get financing, warranty, etc. for a little bit more. A dealer will - at the most - give you what it costs him to get your car at an auction. The extras are never worth what they cost you except perhaps to the end user. I know that I'd pay you a premium for a high end stereo. Don't even try and turn your car in. A dealer will simply wholesale a 1995 Mustang - it is too old for his lot -and will either take you to the cleaners on trade in value or play the numbers game and jack up the price of your pickup to make it look like you are getting a good deal on the trade. The whole name of the game is the difference. The dealer will give you $30,000 for your trade and sell the Pickup for $50,000 or give you $3,000 for your car and sell you the pickup for $23,000. Put an ad in the newspaper!
#1773 of 2124 Re: I am asking this for a friend [marsha7]
by claires HOST
Jun 14, 2005 (1:22 pm)
Hi, marsha7! You might also want to ask this question in the Smart Shopper Forum.
#1774 of 2124 Re: Daytime Running Lights [dispencer1]
Jun 14, 2005 (2:57 pm)
I could be incorrect - but I believe your car has the capacity to have DRLs turned on through a sequence of wierd secret codes that activate them in the computer. Your dealer would know how to do this. A nice dealer would do it for you free of charge. Others would charge you to activate them. Perhaps, you could find a friend, or a nice dealer.
Jun 15, 2005 (4:09 pm)
I am trying to find a tonneau cover or boot that replaces the one that originally came in my 2000 Mustang V6 convertible. When I purchased the car recently it did not have a tonneau cover. I ordered what I thought was the original one from Ford but it covers the whole rear compartment, seat and all, and I can't figure out where to fasten the front of it that just hangs forward of the back seat. It will do for now but I'd really like the original. The Ford dealer says that a part called "boot" might be the shorter cover but it is $700 which doesn't seem right. Does anyone know a part number for the original boot or tonneau cover? Thanks!
#1776 of 2124 Re: Tonneau Cover [dispencer1]
Jun 15, 2005 (11:12 pm)
ya.. unfortunately.. the OEM mustang boot cover goes around 600 to 700 bucks at the dealership! how much is a GT engine from the dealership that actually does something? gosh!! I just drove around without one, the boot that is, not the engine.
#1777 of 2124 Re: Tonneau Cover [droopstang]
Jun 16, 2005 (6:48 am)
There are plenty of them on Ebay - I'll probably get a used one. Thanks for the info. I'll steer clear of the dealer.
#1778 of 2124 Re: Thanks Shayesky1 [gt4me]
Jun 18, 2005 (6:24 pm)
No, this doesn't apply to a 92 mustang. Older mustangs (like mine for example, a 67 fastback) where capable of exploding apon rear impact because the gas tank sits in the trunk, which is behing the back seat without anything between the tank and the people inside. You can buy aftermarket steel plates which are welded in behind the rear seat which solves this problem.