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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-31-2012, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Should i buy this or not?

Im looking for a lotus and seen this on autotrader . i dont mind flying there to ohio and driving it back to florida but i just want to make sure if its a good buy before shelling out money. do u guys think this looks like a fair price and does anyone live close to this dealership that can check it out for me and gimme a thumbs up or down on this elise plz?

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Looks like a fair price for the year and mileage. I would be concerned with bodywork repairs. Since the rear badging has been changed and the front badge is missing. Not an uncommon change, but I'd make sure. Has the dealer provided you with interior pics and engine bay pics?

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The ad sure doesn't provide much information, but the price is fair for a car in good condition, with a clean history. Add to the badging observations, the rear panel delete. Someone has played around with this car - which isn't necessarily bad, it just leaves questions to be answered...

The problem with many dealers is that many view cars as mere commodities. Many non-Lotus or non-exotic dealers have no clue what to look for when they take these cars in and don't know how to represent them for sale either. Often they are viewed by the dealers as a fun novelty that gets people to stop at their lot, and that's about all.

A local LT member could be a big help to check this out in-person. You might want to post the request in that regional sub-forum.

I'd call the dealer and ask some very specific questions about the vehicle history and condition. Have body panels been replaced or repaired? Has there ever been any damage to the chassis or suspension whatsoever? Do you have maintenance records? If they can't provide good and reasonable answers go very slow. Have a very thorough third party inspection done by a Lotus experienced tech done and make a passing report part of any offer.

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that car has been up there since may/june!!! actually might be one of the oldest elise listings on there, if that tells you anything.
I know because I saw it everytime I checked from about the start of my car search!

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that car has been up there since may/june!!! actually might be one of the oldest elise listings on there, if that tells you anything.
I know because I saw it everytime I checked from about the start of my car search!
That could be a bad or good sign... if the price has been consistently going down then it isn't necessarily bad. It might have just been poorly priced originally. Do you happen to remember the price you saw it?

If it's been sitting at that price then it's probably not a good sign (obviously)
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Feeling comfortable riding a stick? How does you back feel. Does it hurt (talking about the seat).
But yes, it has definitely gone down.

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At todays prices it is pricesd very low which raises many questions in my book. I think I remember they are using it as a lost leader.

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loss leader? trying to go lower than everyone else?

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Feeling comfortable riding a stick? How does you back feel. Does it hurt (talking about the seat).
But yes, it has definitely gone down.
Yeah, I really think I'm getting the hang of it, actually! I still have some mega strange issues with reverse and parking in general... but I'm fine at driving and stopping and starting. Once I master parking and starting on hills i'll be golden.

And nope, no back issues yet. I find her quite comfortable
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Don't think that the lowest priced car is the Best Deal. It may be with lots of hidden problems that even the dealer could not see or tell you about. Look for a better and more informed dealer and car that has been properly checked out, including the real TRUTH.

The dealer has a bad time with writing the English language properly.
He has a Porsche Boxster that " kep inside all the time spotless nice lether good tiers." I would be wary.!!!

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good to know .hmmm dang, thought i found a keeper.
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From one manual newbie to another, on hills, I hold down both the brake and the clutch, release the clutch slowly until i feel the car vibrate a little bit more (clutch engaged, so you won't slide back) let go of the brake, then ease into the gas pedal while letting go of the clutch.
For parking, I prefer to use the clutch pedal to drive, since you dont need to go so fast.

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From one manual newbie to another, on hills, I hold down both the brake and the clutch, release the clutch slowly until i feel the car vibrate a little bit more (clutch engaged, so you won't slide back) let go of the brake, then ease into the gas pedal while letting go of the clutch.
For parking, I prefer to use the clutch pedal to drive, since you dont need to go so fast.
I wish I had been told this a week ago! haha I went parking practicing last night and discovered both of those things. I'm glad to hear that's how someone else does it though, I didn't know if it was ok to use the clutch like that. Thanks for the advice/confirmation, I really appreciate. Also, once I get her registered we should probably meet up or something (before winter sets in). We could take some pretty sweet pictures. You'll need some good before and after shots for your stripes anyways :P


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loss leader? trying to go lower than everyone else?

A lost leader is a car priced way below blue book. It is used to bring customers into the shop but the intention is to sell you a more expensive model.

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i called a asked for info and he kept telling me he has another call so he answered it and seems like he had both phones to his ear. he told me he wouldnt email me any pictures or info and i have to come up from florida and see it myself. then he called me back like 10times right after he hung up on me the first time. lol retared . love how the description of the car states "kep inside, no dants" lol
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How many threads are you going to start about the same car?

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someone on this thread told me to ask in a different section soooo i guess i did 0_o
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I prefer car leasing. With a car lease, you get a new car every few years and dont have to deal with the hassle of selling the car later.
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