Has anyone used carfax? Are the reports pretty good and accurate?
Exactly, car-fax is only good if the shops that did the work reported it to Car-Fax.They don't always tell you everything that has been wrong with the car, so you still need to look it over carefully. When a car has been repaired by a shadetree mechanic or an individual the damage won't show up on there reports.
Shops, insurers and DMV's all report to Carfax. One of the few holes would be a vehicle that was not insured that was repaired by shop who did not report to the system.
Carfax won't show service issues. Just take the VIN to the service department and have them run it. It'll show all the work done under warranty.Thanks. My gf is looking at couple used certified Audis and I was thinking maybe we should pull the report on the ones she wants incase the salesman isn't telling us everything. I just want to know if the car has been wrecked or has been back to the dealer for the same problem over and over again.
Used Audi !! ?? are you nuts !
I actually work for the advertising agency the creates Lexus' advertising, so if you need any information please let me and I'll try to help you out!Thanks.
Anyone have a experiance with the is350? I know a toyota is definatly a better built car
Good advice to really listen to. Any of the German cars are extremely pricey to service. If your really wanting to be shocked call a couple dealers and get prices for the recommended service. I was going to purchase an M5 a while back but the prices for service put that idea to an abrupt halt. Good luck on your choice.I have owned a lot of cars like many of the boards, and an Audi would be one of the last cars I would choose as a nice commuter car.
Once out of warranty, and i mean 100% bumper to bumper, RUN, or have a large wallet available.
Actually I think that of all German carmakers BMW has really done good in the relability area. Oil changes are 10-15K as they have large sumps and synthitec oil, and brakes seem to last much longer than in the past. I have owned MBZ and now in a 5 series, and the 5 series is the most reliable car that I have aver owned aside from maybe a Toyota (not Corolla). My 5 series cost less to insure than a Saturn Vue... Go figure, all part of cost of ownership.
I have friends that have Lexus, and work well, not so exicting, but they too can be expensive to repair and service. Also parts can take a week or so to get when not in stock. Great cars, and I would look at the new IS models.
Keep in mind a new IS 350 will be in the BMW 328 price range or more depending on options, and they drive so different. Get her to take some test rides, NOT "looks good" shop.