Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, Thinking of buying an 06 in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Hello everyone. I've been looking at gen 1 CTS-Vs and keeping an eye out for the occasional STS-V I might ...
Hello everyone. I've been looking at gen 1 CTS-Vs and keeping an eye out for the occasional STS-V I might find.
Since these cars aren't common I have been doing nationwide searches, which is scary... The idea of buying a car sight-unseen doesn't sit well with me.
Anyway, I found an STS-V in Miami that looks good from the pictures but has 76k miles. This might be a stupid question, but is there a service where you can hire someone to check out a car? Where a person goes and looks it over for you and tells you if it is a good car, maybe lets you know any concern areas?
They are asking a really good price for the car and I need to know if it is too good to be true.
I just found that one on Cars.com. That is a pretty amazing price.
I bought mine site unseen and had it shipped. It was scary. I did it because of a few reasons. Mainly the car was still under a CPO at the time. Also the dealer has a very good reputation and they had high res photos. And I was on the phone with the salesman while he did a walk around and got inside. He was really honest about some minor cosmetic things (really minor - the car was in fantastic shape). And it had really low miles.
Still I was nervous about it, and it has had to have some things done to it, but I didn't have to pay because of the CPO.
I would think you could get someone to check it out for you for a fee. Maybe a broker who also works with a mechanic.
Automobile(s): 2008 STS V Raven Black-Ebony/Tango Red
Cape Coral, Fl
Re: Thinking of buying an 06
There are inspection services that can evaluate the car for you. Just Google “car inspection service Miami Florida”. I’d take a look at it for you but I’m across the State (west coast) and crazy busy right now. Like Carter, I bought mine sight unseen but I have a friend down here who has been selling cars all his life and fortunately his son worked at a dealership up north, only about 40 miles away from the selling dealer and he checked it out. My car is a CPO and had a good maintenance history and no accidents on CarFax so I wasn’t too concerned about mechanical issues. Being a picky guy I assumed putting $1,000 into body work when I was negotiating with the dealer. Shipping from up north was $675. When I got it, I had to have the rockers (both sides) and front fascia repaired and it was missing the fascia deflector. $1,200 and I was done and the rest of the car is near perfect (minor stone chips, black is a bitch, shows everything). The car you’re looking at looks like a great deal, is a lifelong Florida car and good mileage for its age. I would have it inspected. If it’s right for you, I wouldn’t hesitate. It probably will be gone quick.