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I am in the market to buy a vehicle and I found what I wanted and it is pre-owned certified 2009 Jaguar XJ. When I went to test drive the car, it was gone for the weekend, a manager had taken it. When I went back the following weekend the manager had been fired and the car had scratches that were not initially there. Despite the ordeal I would like to buy the car, but as a no negotiating car company may I ask for a deeper discount? Should I ask to have the car looked over by a third party to check for further unseen damages?

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Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Never hesitate to have qualified mechanic that you trust look at and drive any pre-owned vehicle you are considering to buy. Not only can a good mechanic give you his opinion regarding the car, he will probably know of any problems that particular car may have historically. If the dealer hesitates, walk away.

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Dear Lynn, I would always recommend you have a mechanic check any used car out before you buy it. In California that right is posted at every dealership. Negotiate with the dealer if they want to sell the car they will work with you. Good luck Patti

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) should never purchase any used car without a third party opinion. Take it to your own mechanic, particularly this type of car where repairs are extortionately expensive. Insist they repair any body damage on the vehicle BEFORE you sign any paperwork if you do decide to purchase this particular vehicle. The worse thing you can do is fall in love with one particular vehicle and let the dealer know that. It only costs you more money. There are other vehicles out there to consider. Kind of "more than one fish in the sea".

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