: Help Me Decide...'05 DHS or '06 DTS



bluescat
10-18-10, 07:59 PM
'05 DHS, 30,000 miles. No moon roof, no nav. 6 Month bumper to bumper warranty. 24/24,000 mile warranty available for about $2,000

'06 DTS Performance, 84,000 miles. Immaculate. Moon Roof. 24/24,000 mile warranty available for around $2,000.

The DTS is about $1500 cheaper, even though the NADA value is abour $1000higher than the DHS.

I've seen the DTS, and will be able to drive it this week. The DHS is at an out-of-state dealer, and I will neither be able to see or deive it before I commit. I only have the word of the local dealer to go by, and they haven't seen it either, except in photos.

I'm thoroughly confused. Any input would be appreciated!
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HartfordGuy
10-18-10, 08:16 PM
Neither. Keep looking and find a lower mileage 2006 or 2007 DTS. The 2007s are coming off lease and you should have no trouble finding one with 36,000 miles on it.

c5 rv
10-18-10, 08:34 PM
Neither. Keep looking and find a lower mileage 2006 or 2007 DTS. The 2007s are coming off lease and you should have no trouble finding one with 36,000 miles on it.

I strongly agree - keep looking for a low mileage 06 or 07 DTS, preferably CPO.

bluescat
10-18-10, 08:44 PM
I should have added that the DTS is $13,500, and the DHS $15,000...which is at my upper limit. I'm replacing an '04 DHS that was totaled, and need to stay close to my insurance settlement.

HartfordGuy
10-18-10, 09:35 PM
Go to cars.com and search used Cadillac DTS. Then select $10,000 - $15,000 for a price range, then select 2006 for the year. There were 19 cars listed for under $15K with less than 70,000 miles on them.

bluescat
10-18-10, 10:30 PM
Darn, I wish I was in your market area. I did a search 150 miles out from my home (near Chicago), and found 13 cars, only two of which had under 80,000 miles. None of them appeared to be the Performance model, and almost all of the prices are more than the one I'm looking at.

Jesda
10-19-10, 05:59 AM
I would consider traveling to get the right car.

HartfordGuy
10-19-10, 08:56 AM
Agreed. Try using the "All" setting in your search. I bought a used car on Ebay once (from a New car dealer) and had it shipped from South Carolina to Connecticut and they only charged me $500 extra. And it was delivered right to my neighborhood. They would have trucked it to my house but the streets are narrow and I offered to meet the truck at a nearby shopping plaza to make the drop easier.

Dealers usually have the most room to move (price) on used cars, so don't be afraid to negotiate the delivery cost into the price agreement. Even though the real shipping cost could be $1000, the dealer might do it for less to make the sale. ie: they pick up half the price like they did in my deal.

Just for peace of mind you should do a nation wide search just so you can see what the market is bringing for 2006 DTSs around the country with various mileages. This way you will get a better idea of values and be able to spot a good price vs. one that is overpriced based on comparison. Plus you will see a variety of DTSs and may see other trim levels or colors you hadn't considered.

Kenwood
10-19-10, 01:33 PM
Neither. Keep looking and find a lower mileage 2006 or 2007 DTS. The 2007s are coming off lease and you should have no trouble finding one with 36,000 miles on it.

He's right. Keep looking and consider upping your price limit a little. By doing so, you'll end up with a newer car and some warranty. Check Edmunds for prices and don't be shy to go look at a car that's $4000 higher than what you want to spend. Most asking prices are boosted WAY up. Personally, I'd go for lower miles and older car than newer car with higher miles when the spread is that wide. Try to be patient if you can, there's tons of DTSs out there.