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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

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If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:04:49 PM

New suggestion:

When your vehicle is in the shop, do you watch the technician perform the repairs/maintenance?
- Yes
- No, because I cannot
- No, whether I can or not
- N/A
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:10:39 AM

eating and driving must be allowed, but not at the same time. ;-)

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 3:48:28 PM

New suggestion:

Do you think eating and driving should be allowed?
- Yes
- No
- Depends on the item
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:01:06 PM

This has been entered. Thank you.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 7:50:20 AM

Looks like most prefer A.

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Here is our proposed question for next week. Please leave us a note when you get it.

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• Inspection by mechanic of my choice
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• Seller's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 7:05:41 AM

I still prefer B.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 12:37:06 AM

I'll go along with A.

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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 12:01:29 AM

I choose A.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:52:08 PM

I pick A - but I am not going to go the mat if the sentiment heads in the other direction.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 5:09:29 PM

I bought two used vehicles from a private seller so there was no "Sellers inspection report". I did have my mechanic check out each vehicle.

I feel B has better answers.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 5:01:57 PM

I still like A
I know a fair number of folks with no formal training that buy somewhat older big American cars and do much of the work themselves.
A seller could be an individual, a dealer, or other company (CU car sales), and they could provide an inspection done by 1) their in house mechanics, 2) outside mechanic.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:30:54 PM

Having listened to all of the rational thoughts, I still think -A- and accept SUVFan's explanation about the "My friend's inspection" option.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:20:14 PM

If I never go to that mechanic again, it is not my mechanic. It may be one that was chosen jointly. To me, the "my" leaves me thinking more of a mechanic that I have an ongoing business relationship with for my vehicles.

But, that said, I will go with the flow and what the group decides.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:37:51 AM

Also, the last used car I sold, the individual wanted me to recommend a shop to have it inspected, so it would not be the mechanic of their choice.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:37:12 AM

Yes, a seller can still provide a report from a mechanic that the seller took it to.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:16:00 AM

I don't like "Seller's Inspection Report" since it is likely a used vehicle could be purchased from an individual.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:09:56 AM

To me, once they are giving me an opinion because I chose them, they become my mechanic. I should have noted that if it comes down to it, I'd pick A over B and I'd keep the friend for the reason noted in my last post.

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:06:25 AM

I chose A (or A Ver 2. with removing the "Friend's Inspection" as suggested by Rich.

The reason for the change in wording is based on those that buy a car a bit away from "their" mechanic or don't have a mechanic and use one they find through their insurance/road service (AAA, for instance), or as in LarryMarg, they with the seller picked a mutually acceptable mechanic near where the car was located.

I also had a situation where I was buying in a new area where I did not yet have an established relationship with a mechanic, so I went with an AAA inspection (neutral rather than one by the seller). AAA (and presumably others) offer this service for a charge and are independent.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 1/22/2015 10:07:15 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:00:41 AM

I like the Seller's inspection report in A but My mechanic's inspection in B because it's shorter. Regarding the latter, how is "My mechanic" not one of my choice. Conversely, how is a mechanic of my choice not "my mechanic"? So I propose C:

Regarding the "friend" issue raised by Rich, I think that's less and less an option today. There used to be any number of folks who worked on cars as a hobby. To me, a "mechanic" is someone who does it for a living. I'm fine with leaving it in in case there are still hobbyists out there. Plus, in the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king. Someone who has no idea whatsoever about how cars work beyond turning the key, putting it in gear, stepping on the gas or applying the brake and turning the wheel might very well rely on the opinion of a friend whom they consult about all things mechanical, including a tire pressure warning, and possibly a low fuel light!

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• Seller's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments

[Edited by: SUVFan at 1/22/2015 10:07:02 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 9:50:32 AM

Not all that much difference between these. Seller's inspection report is more descriptive than licensed dealer, and it takes into account a purchase from a private seller.

So, -A- then.

P.S. I don't really get the "My friend's inspection" option. Presumably a friend inspecting the vehicle would have some mechanical expertise and would therefore fall under "Inspection by a mechanic of my choice". Sorry, meant to mention this the other day and spaced it.

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 1/22/2015 9:51:41 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 7:49:13 AM

Let's take a vote:

Version A:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• Inspection by mechanic of my choice
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• Seller's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments

Version B:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:26:31 AM

I like TxJeans' version with the simpler alternative for "Seller's inspection report":

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• Inspection by mechanic of my choice
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• Seller's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:37:55 PM

Agreed, this is the best so far, in my opinion:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:34:14 PM

I say we stick with

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments
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ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:44:08 PM

• Prior knowledge of the seller/vehicle

If you are looking at newer used cars from local lots be careful. I have a friend who repairs cars as they go from auction to auction. I've seen cars with caved in/torn up sides, been in floods, ripped up undercarriage, things like that. Most of these cars are former rentals. Judging by the miles most of them have the original oil, a few times the original gas! The idea of buying a 1-2 year old car from a lot terrifies me after all I have seen.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:57:14 PM

I'm thinking that an independent vehicle history report could be good information but I don't expect it to be the MOST important. A dealer's inspection/certification is unlikely to be trusted unless it is a comprehensive guarantee. Similarly the prior owner's statements are in question unless that person is a trusted friend.

Therefore I expect the vast majority will consider only these answers:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?
• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• Prior knowledge of the seller/vehicle

The last answer would be purchase of a vehicle from a friend or family member.

Perhaps we might add
• An extended warrantee by a trusted dealer

Just my two cents.....
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:54:04 AM

Yes, that's why I say to change it to "Seller's inspection report".
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:50:14 AM

What if you are buying it from and individual? TxJeans answer was "The selling dealer's inspection report."
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:45:06 AM

I actually like TxJean's version with "Seller's inspection report".
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:13:04 AM

I don't see the need for the extra wording. For me, it doesn't add anything.

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:55:03 AM

Just throwing this out - answers a bit longer, but I think within the prescribed limits..

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• Inspection by mechanic of my choice
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• The selling dealer's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments

Mechanic of my choice could be at a dealer but is different than the dealership selling the vehicle. Or maybe just "Seller's inspection report"??
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:24:56 AM

You can bring a car to the dealer for inspection even if the dealer does not sell the car. That's why I think the "a licensed dealer" option is a little confusing.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:35:24 AM

TxJeans - they picked the mechanic, but it was an independent mechanic with a national chain. He spoke to the mechanic before and after the inspection, and got a written report. (The CarFax report showed the last sale was in Boston, around the time of Sandy, so I suggested he have them check for any signs of flooding.)
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:53:54 PM


I haven’t participated in the discussion but I’m good with the version of the ‘trust’ poll just posed by Scout. Possibly “A trusted mechanic’s inspection” might be marginally better but it is also longer; no need to nit pick.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:16:43 PM

That's exactly what I do, RichWLIN. Any time I'm interested in buying a used car, before I make an offer I call my mechanic and make sure I can take it by for an inspection, then tell the seller that our test drive will be to my mechanic and back and offer to pay for the gas.

I've had some sellers try to talk me out of it or even refuse. That tells me as much as my mechanics inspection does.

So for me, "My mechanic" is the right option as I trust him, but wouldn't necessarily trust a random mechanic at a different shop.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:59:21 PM

"Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments"

If we stick to "My mechanic's inspection" I think we are good.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:18:55 PM

"I had the same thought. My son bought a car through the internet, and sellers brought it to a local (to them) mechanic for inspection. The place was a couple of hours away, so it didn't make sense to try bringing it to someone we know. "

Did your son let them pick the mechanic? Or, did he go through AAA (for instance) to pick a certified mechanic near the seller? Did he go to the inspection place at the time of the inspection, and did he get written documentation of the inspection with the mechanics license?

Some of the "I got taken" posts in the consumer forums indicate that they let the seller find a mechanic or used the mechanic at the seller/dealer's repair shop and took their word that "we had our mechanic go over this car with a fine tooth comb" statement.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:21:00 AM

I would agree that some folks typically do have their own mechanic inspect a used vehicle before purchasing. The opinion of a trusted mechanic probably carries more weight than a used car salesman...trusted or not.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 11:02:29 AM

The reason I suggest for clarifying mechanic of my choice is from the consumer boards where we get folks that have bought a lemon from a dealer/lot where the "mechanic" for that dealer or lot told them they inspected it. I think it is important to differentiate between an "independent" mechanical check and one offered by the selling dealer/lot.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:58:02 AM

I have no problem with "My mechanic" or "A mechanic". This mechanic could be at a dealership, service station, own his/her own shop or work as a mechanic for someone else. I think we are over thinking this answer.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:51:49 AM

How about mechanic of my choice? That helps separate out the "dealership mechanic where buying"...
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:33:22 AM

How about replace mechanic with technician? That way we can get rid of a choice and not have such confusion. Sounds a little confusing to have both dealer and mechanic.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:27:56 AM

"Do we need to separate mechanic and dealer? Aren't they mechanics working at a dealership?"

Yep mechanics work at dealerships but there are independent mechanics.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:05:51 AM

TxJeans wrote:
> I wonder if it should be "my" mechanic, or "a" mechanic?

I had the same thought. My son bought a car through the internet, and sellers brought it to a local (to them) mechanic for inspection. The place was a couple of hours away, so it didn't make sense to try bringing it to someone we know.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 7:56:56 AM

Do we need to separate mechanic and dealer? Aren't they mechanics working at a dealership?
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 5:12:07 AM

I'm good with Byte_Doctors revisions.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:29:27 AM

Hmmm.... "trust most if buying a used vehicle" is a hypothetical case.

It might be more meaningful to ask about actual experience. Maybe something like:

Which did you rely upon when purchasing your most recent used vehicle?
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 11:47:06 PM

I am fine with:
"Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments"

I wonder if it should be "my" mechanic, or "a" mechanic? I know some that have used an inspection service such as through AAA recommendations.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 5:53:55 PM

Splitting friend and mechanic makes sense. But since the question is which would you trust *most*, we don't need a "combination of the above" answer. Which is good, because we are limited to 6 choices - so incorporating those changes (and a slight re-ordering), we have:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• My mechanic's inspection
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• A licensed dealer
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 5:09:07 PM

I think we need to split mechanic and friend

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• my mechanic's inspection
• my friend's inspection
• an independent vehicle history report
• a licensed dealer
• the prior owner's comments
• my inspection/test drive
• combination of the above
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 4:33:18 PM

Good thoughts Rich & TxJeans! The latter turns it into an opinion question and removes any need for the I've never bought one response. Also, by asking which one they trust most, the dealer/owner option can be split. Finally, I think there are many out there who, 'don't need or want nobody else's help.' The only thng I couldn't work in that I'd like to is the prior owner's maintenance or service records, which sort of goes with the prior owner. Anyway, how about:

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• my mechanic's or friend's inspection
• an independent vehicle history report
• a licensed dealer
• the prior owner's comments
• my inspection/test drive
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