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Fear of paying for repair work as an excuse to pay a dealer ...

You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

Where did I say I paid a dealer more because they fixed up the car? How do you even know anything about my automobile transactions?

For the record, the car I'm thinking of was about 3 years old when I bought it, was in very good shape cosmetically, and had a lot of miles for it's age. The asking price was right about what the pricing services said was a trade-in value (significantly less than dealer retail or private party). I offered them a bit less than their asking price and we had a deal. I even took their financing because it was at a lower interest rate than I found on my own. (Probably due to qualifying for factory used car financing.)

I kept the car for about 8 or 9 years, added another 80k or so to the odometer, and did virtually nothing to it other than wear items (brakes and tires). I don't know if the dealer did any fixing up before they sold it to me or not. And I really don't care. What I care about is my experience with the car, which was quite good.

Much better than another purchase from a private party. Yes, I paid less - a lot less - even after considering the transmission I had to replace a couple of years after I bought it. This second car is a soulless bit of transportation in mediocre condition with ergonomic quirks that annoy me. But I still drive it because it works and I'm too cheap to get something else.

As to fear of repairs -- that's a joke. I was rebuilding engines before I could drive. I mainly farm that work out now because it's no longer the fun that it once was, particularly on newer cars with horrible access to repair them. But I still diagnose my own problems and fix the easy stuff.

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