Dealer Lynn Thompson was shocked when he saw the odometer on a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SS pickup he took in on a trade. It read 794,845 miles.
"I thought the digits were off," said Thompson, co-owner of Thompson Sales Co. (Buick-GMC-Cadillac) in Springfield, Mo.
The truck has been driven the equivalent of 32 times around the world.
"It still runs fine," said Thompson.
Jeffrey and Pam Lofgren had traded the pickup for a 2011 Cadillac STS. The couple had retired from a business that required them to drive ahead of vehicles carrying oversized loads across the U.S.
The original engine had more than 500,000 miles on it when the Lofgrens sold the still-working engine to a friend in the race car building business.
How much to pay the Lofgrens?
"We looked through auction data in the last month, and there wasn't even anything with 200,000 miles, let alone 794,000," said Miles Thompson, vice president of Thompson Sales Co. "We gave him $1,000, and the customer was fine with that."
Thompson will sell the pickup at auction because, Lynn Thompson said, retailing it would be embarrassing.
"It's hard to look someone in the eye, with a straight face, and say, 'It has only 794,000 miles on it. It's good for another 150,000 miles.'"