Case Studies

Tech Tip – Buying A Pre-owned Car?

The Most Expensive Car You Can Buy Is A “Cheap One”

One of our Service Advisors used to use that phrase, and it’s true, sadly so.
Just had a customer contact me this morning about the purchase of a used BMW from a private seller.
The price sounded too good to be true…until I heard the rest of the story.
Seems it needs a “few things” – “It idles up-and-down and will even stall. It could be a mass airflow sensor, oxygen sensor, or something similar.”

Yikes, right? Might be a bargain, or might be real headache, but you don’t know until you have the car looked at professionally.
As our Service Manager Rick likes to say “The most expensive car you can buy is a cheap one.

Let’s face it, most folks don’t sell off a perfectly good car without reason, and you don’t want those “reasons” coming out of your pocket. Here’s the thing, with a private sale, as opposed to a registered dealer, you have no real recourse, warranty or assurance of anything…and if you buy out of state, say via eBay or online, it’s even worse. CarFax is a good tool to start,, but we have something even better.

At AMC we have a very simple, low cost (especially compared to the cost of a car) service to check vehicles BEFORE you buy.
Call and ask one of our Service Advisors about a “Pre-Purchase Inspection“, it’s literally saved our customers tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

In the meantime, you can use the checklist at the link below to get started on the process, you can filter a good amount of the headaches out before you even start.

Our Goal For You and Your Car
Our goal is to save you money, not spend it. Which is why each and every car that we service gets a free Courtesy Maintenance Inspection during its first visit.
Our goal is to let you know about the small problems before they become big ones.
Right now we have a number of customer cars with well over 200,000 miles, and several approaching 300,000!
And these cars are not just limping along – most look and drive pretty much the way they came out of the showroom.

Proper maintenance is an investment in the life of your vehicle.
Knowing, not just doing, but actually knowing and understanding the difference, makes all the difference.
Be sure your car is properly loved, our professionals will attend to both you and your car’s needs.
Atlantic Motorcar…Extraordinary Service for Extraordinary Cars, just a phone call away, (207) 882-9969.


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