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Hello, this is my second post.

Have been looking at getting a GT350 for a while, and my wife has a hookup with a local ford dealer where I can get GT350 at invoice +$500. However this is a smaller ford dealership and they don't have much allocation, and with 2018's going for about $1300 higher and with gas guzzler tax this all pushes the price compared to a 2017.

I found a lightly used GT350 with specs exactly that I want with <3000 miles at a high end dealer (non ford). Supposedly traded this GT350 for a $140K car. I should be able to save about $6500 compared to ordering a 2018 after all fees are included.

So my question to the forum is what should I be on the lookout for on this car:

  • Orange peel / paint issues?
  • Scuffed front splitter?
  • Don't know how I would check for oil consumption?
  • Uneven tire wear?
  • Other issues?

Would it be worth it to get the OBD port scanned, or even take to Ford dealership for inspection? I'm not sure I trust a ford dealership in this circumstance to find an issue.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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If you can give me a vin number I can check the warranty history of it ...... I work for a Ford Store

But to answer your question, make sure the front splitter has been installed correctly. Do your routine Car Fax on it but
Car Faxes arent perfect ... they can miss things ..... check the tires for unusual ware .... make sure the motor is stock .. check the paint
for imperfections ... etc and even take it to a body shop and let a trained eye look at it

Hope this helps


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I concur with smokum
Check for any trim of plastic that looks out of place.
Paint imperfections
Body line off
What mods have been done ??
Car fax for sure

I bought my 2016 from a small deAler with 1500 miles on it said buyer traded it in for the red color he really wanted ?? Who knows dealers tell you all kinds of BS just got to filter through it and decide for yourself
 

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Don’t trust CarFax. I did product liability for a car company and many times found significant prior damage not disclosed on this reporting site. Shade tree repairs are not caught, trust your eyes. Look for different paint finish panel to panel. Look for things not lined up. Do an undercarriage inspection and look for any impact damage. Parts stickers on suspension components are a big give away, Factory parts don’t have tags. A pre alignment print out can also point out problems. Ask to see the dealerships safety inspection (pre sale) that they did.

By the way, what year?

Good luck.
 

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Don’t trust CarFax. I did product liability for a car company and many times found significant prior damage not disclosed on this reporting site. Shade tree repairs are not caught, trust your eyes. Look for different paint finish panel to panel. Look for things not lined up. Do an undercarriage inspection and look for any impact damage. Parts stickers on suspension components are a big give away, Factory parts don’t have tags. A pre alignment print out can also point out problems. Ask to see the dealerships safety inspection (pre sale) that they did.

By the way, what year?

Good luck.
Jim, right on, I have a neighbor who runs a high end Euro sport/classic car shop and he was just telling me how owners will come in with significant damages and ask him to use the VIN of an older car or just repair for cash. He said he would have a hard time trusting CarFax especially on a high end or classic ride. He too is big into the visual inspection...as I found out when he looked over my new GT350 :)

PS to the OP, orange peel and some body gaps out of alignment are fairly common on these cars, (especially hood and rear bumper fascia areas) mine has both, will be taking back to dealer soon for adjustments. So it may not have been repaired if there is some orange peel or gaps. Good luck, once you strap in and row through the gearbox with that sweet engine, you tend to forget all about the slight imperfections :)
 
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