Your Aug. 2 article about the Ford ad campaign pushing the advantages of certified used-car sales vs. private-party sales really hit home with me.
Earlier this year, I decided to buy a used Lexus RX 300. I looked at certified used at many different dealerships, but then I found one on the Internet from a private party. It was a 2002 model and was about $2,000 less than those at dealerships.
The odometer showed just over 11,000 miles.
I bought it, and you can probably guess the rest of the story.
I soon found out that the odometer had been changed illegally and that the car had been rebuilt after a serious crash.
The person who sold me the car is now the defendant in a lawsuit.
But the point is that if I had been willing to pay just slightly more in the first place to buy a certified used vehicle, I could have saved myself a lot of anguish, time and expense.