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PM me for a phone number to make an offer. Or email [email protected]

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This car has been babied and rested each night in a garage. Weekend trips and runs around town are the extent of the 24k miles. Anyone in the Atlanta area who wants to swing by and take a look get in touch!

Anyone looking from out of town, I'm sure you know Motorcars of Georgia. They have done every service and routine maintenance for this car and I'd be happy to set up for you to get on the phone with anyone there to chat about the history etc. (except for tire work. All tire work done at Gran Turismo East.)

Just had new rear tires put on at GTE.



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Looks like it also has the touring pack as you have leather seats pictured.
 

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Yes! You are correct. I neglected to list, touring package, so leather seats, black rugs, and were the power windows in that option as well?
 

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Maybe someone can give me some guidance here...

I was fully under the impression that this is a two owner car. We bought it with 7k miles on it from the first owner.

It turns out that Carfax lists it as a one owner car because the first owner bought it as a dealer, and though he put miles on it, it was sold to us as new. The bill of sale and title corroborate this.

I want to be as honest and transparent as possible with any potential buyer, so I want to say that it is a two owner car. After all, I didn't put the fist few thousand miles on it.

But if carfax lists it as 1 owner and I say 2, does that discrepancy make red flags for a potential buyer?

My question is really: Do I compete with carfax and stick to my guns at 2 owners, or do I match the carfax report for consistency and say 1 owner, since that is what all the paperwork conveys?
 

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If you were trying to say the opposite (that carfax listed too many owners), then a buyer may think you are lying. I wouldn't expect this to be an issue though, and it is easy to explain - carfax doesn't report the first owner since I was kept it reg'd as dealer.


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Yes! You are correct. I neglected to list, touring package, so leather seats, black rugs, and were the power windows in that option as well?
Yes, power windows came with the touring pack as well as leather seats. It also gave you carpeting on the side of the sills, but the screw-in floor carpets came with all the federal Elises. TP also gave you the stowage net behind the seats, a soft top with more insulation, and an upgraded stereo (though I've only seen two kinds of Blaupunkts on all 05-06 Elises so not sure what was upgraded for the TP).

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Maybe someone can give me some guidance here...

I was fully under the impression that this is a two owner car. We bought it with 7k miles on it from the first owner.

It turns out that Carfax lists it as a one owner car because the first owner bought it as a dealer, and though he put miles on it, it was sold to us as new. The bill of sale and title corroborate this.

I want to be as honest and transparent as possible with any potential buyer, so I want to say that it is a two owner car. After all, I didn't put the fist few thousand miles on it.

But if carfax lists it as 1 owner and I say 2, does that discrepancy make red flags for a potential buyer?

My question is really: Do I compete with carfax and stick to my guns at 2 owners, or do I match the carfax report for consistency and say 1 owner, since that is what all the paperwork conveys?
A lot of times in the automotive dealer world, you'll have what are called "demonstrator vehicles" or "demos". A demo is a vehicle that isn't titled and is still a for-sale vehicle owned by the dealership, but is driven around by someone who works there (it used to be just about any manager got one, that's not as common any more and it's usually just the owner/GM/owner's wife, etc.) to "demo" it to their friends and family and other moms at the soccer field etc.

Usually they will put anywhere from 3,000-7,000 miles on it and then give an additional discount when they put it back on the lot and you consider buying it. The downsides is there goes 10% of your factory warranty mileage. The upside is that it will have already been through it's first oil-change cycle and the likelihood of it being strangely defective and a "lemon" are much smaller.

I'm not sure if that's what the dealer did with your Elise or not. Sometimes they'll buy it but register it with the dealership as a company car so that it's not on their insurance, etc. But he may have used it as a demo vehicle too - in which case there would be no title or purchase transaction.
 
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