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Hi guys,

First thanks for such a great forum. It's been an invaluable resource for me so far as look for my first Cadillac. I've been a Lincoln man my whole life, but will be diving into my first Caddy this summer. I'm focusing in on one dealership caddy in rural NJ, and was curious about what you fellas think I could get for it. I've never bought from a dealer before (always private party) so I've been doing a lot of online reading, and try to avoid getting stiffed as much as possible.

Here's what I know.

2002 Cadillac DTS White Diamond/Cream

106K miles

The car has all options I believe except night vision. Rear parking assist, moonroof, stock navigation system, etc...

The exterior and interior are both in very good condition with no major scratches, or dents.

The transmission was smooth during the test drive, and the brakes seemed strong.

Mechanically everything was in working order from what I checked. Mirrors, speakers, heated seats are all checked out.

Sticker price is 10,500 (lowered from 10,800 last month).

Car's been on sale for about 2 months.



Ok now the bad. And I'm being highly critical

The car has two drivers according to carfax.

The gearshifter is a bit scratched.

Carfax shows two accidents back in 2002, and 2004 with the original driver. One front end collision, and one side impact. I have concerns over this, but I figure this is a strong negotiating point.

There is slight unevenness with the right door and the front right quarter panel. Probably from the accident.

One of the four holes in the rear parking assist is empty. I'm not sure if this will affect this system or not.

There was a almost undetectable vibration in the steering wheel while driving, but the "Check tire pressure" notification was on so it was probably due to that.

They handed out the car as a loaner to another customer last weekend, which I didn't particularly like either. It's an Audi dealership, so I figure they don't care much for the caddy.

From what I've researched these cars are retrieving less than book value. I'm thinking about making a low first offer of about 8500. Guys who own Devilles and have experience with these cars, if you were willing to purchase a DTS with this history, what do you thing is a fair first offer and maximun including full prep and 90-day warranty?

Thanks. And free carfaxes for everyone who helps and needs one! Just post up the vin, and I'll PM you.
 

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Well if i was buying the car i would try to get them down to 7500-8000 based on the history of the car. To be honest i would not buy the car knowing that it has been in two car accidents. Two i think that the mileage is a bit high for the year you should check if there are any service records but i would do a bit more shopping around i don't know where you live but i live in florida they just sold an 2002 DTS fully loaded with 73k they were asking $13,500 and sold it for $12,000 so if i were buying i would not purchase this DTS from what you have explained it sounds like there might be some trouble ahead but thats just my opinion.

Good Luck!!!
 

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I dont touch accident cars. Period. Been there and done that. Most of the time a single accident is not a big deal but TWO is playing russian roullete as to all the forces that car has experienced. Also, even on cars that say no accidents on the Carfax you have to inspect the paint because 50 percent of all cars are hit.

If nothing else, the main reason I dont do wrecks is because they have to be repainted and repait quality is NEVER as good as the factory original paint. If you live in a cold climate, it will destroy the (obviously shitty) new paint job. Bumper only accidents however (very rare) do not bother me, bumpers are there to get dinged.

Keep looking because based on the mileage ALONE withOUT the wrecks thats a 10k car at most.

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Thanks everyone. I ordinarily wouldn't buy an accident car either, but I'd really like to get a feel for these Deville's first, and then purchase another one if they're what I think they're capable of.
 
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