An out of state dealer agreed to take my car to a local shop my mechanic recommends, but not until I give him an "upfront out the door price" first...Is this even remotely fair??

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Asked by Jul 30, 2017 at 01:30 PM about the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I live in Ca but am considering a used car I found online in Az. The dealer
agreed to take my car to a local shop my mechanic recommended to
inspect, but not unless I agree on an "up-front, out of door price first!"
Is this even remotely fair?? Isn't the whole point of paying for an outside
inspection to help the consumer pay a fair price for the car?? Why would
anyone agree to do this??

11 Answers

172,065

Do not buy the car unless it is a 50 state car. The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia will not let you register a 49 state car! You can negotiate a sales price contingent on the inspection results. If the dealer will not fix any defects found or discount the price then walk away. Get it in WRITING!

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thanx! Wasn't aware of the 49/50 state issue. But don't think well even get that far since they refuse to bring it for the inspection unless I agree on an out the door price first!!

172,065

Good luck on finding a car. Since there are millions of cars for sale in your state why go to Arizona unless you are looking at a rare car? Miata's are not exactly rare.

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they said they wont do it because the inspection could possibly net them a lower price than they want to sell it for! This seems nuts to me!

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172,065

In other words they either know there is a problem or they are afraid you will find one. Run away! Run away!

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Best Answer Mark helpful
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my specs for it are specific...2012-2016, manual transmission, good condition, soft top...i used to own one, so i know what i want and its proving hard to find!

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but youre right! I ran!

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172,065

I don't know where you are but there are 4 low mile 2007 Miata's on CG's in SoCal for sale. One has less than 20k miles on it. https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/forsale

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thanx. Just found out about CG site today! Unfortunately, my specs also include a lower budget, so its not making it too easy....but def. running away from Az. car!

172,065

Use the advanced search to filter for years and price.

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15,210

Watch the rear quarter rust on early Miata NCs.

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