Author Archives: David McDevitt

Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Buy A Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off – Pt. 3: The Inspection

You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Buy A Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off – Pt. 2: The Test Drive

Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be friendly, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: How To Buy A Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off – Pt. 1: First Contact

Used cars give automobile buyers the best possible bang for the buck– except when they don’t. As a professional dealer, I could tell you stories of used car calamities that would make public transportation seem like the only sensible option. … Continue reading

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Sold American: On The Block

Two hundred people, one car, twenty seconds. As an auctioneer, my job is to use my powers of persuasion to create the urgency to buy. Quick glances, fidgeting, eye contact, folding of the arms. Your body language and uncontrolled behaviors … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Repo Man

His cell phone line was dead. A disconnected phone is always the first sign that one my automotive “investments” has gone south. Number two: timing. His payment was due that afternoon. By 2:00 PM I was at the house. My car wasn’t … Continue reading

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Wise Choice for Wise Guys – 1985 Lincoln Town Car

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Fat chance! Beauty is sitting in a Barcalounger leather recliner and watching the world go past at 85 miles an hour. Of course in this 1985 Lincoln Town Car with … Continue reading

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Getting a Woody – Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

The Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon was God’s gift to Perry Como fans, the last of the great all-American trucksters. It was also my gift to the family for last year’s Christmas vacation road trip. I figured I’d nix my penchant … Continue reading

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Going once, going twice…

I started the bidding at $275. The faces in front of me went instantly from melancholy to downright sullen and FU’ish. Low end dealers, auto recyclers, crushers par excellence, this was an impound lot sale. A final howling call for … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Geo Metro

Car haters love it. Car lovers hate it*. The Geo Metro has come to represent the uncomplicated wet dreams of piss poor eco-weenies, and a bare bones deathtrap on wheels for the SUV faithful. It’s surprising that this car has … Continue reading

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Diary of a Used Car Salesman: Depreciation Kills!

“Is that yours?” Millions of car buyers spend billions of dollars hoping that this statement will be born of admiration rather than pity. When these words come out of a car dealer’s mouth at trade-in time, they can be especially … Continue reading

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