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Buying a 2018 RAV4 through private sale?

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Buying a 2018 RAV4 through private sale?

We're looking at possibly buying a 2018 RAV4 through a private sale. Going to see it this weekend. It's got around 15,000 kms. Since it's a 2018 it'll still have factory warranty remaining of 1-2 years depending on when it was purchased. What precautions should we take?

Assuming we're interested after taking it for a test drive, I'm planning on running a CarFax, checking for any liens, requesting service records. I'll also call the insurance company to see if it's ever been written off. Considering it's still under warranty should we still have it inspected by an independent mechanic?

Any other tips/suggestions to protect ourselves?

Also what are the logistics/timing of transfer of the vehicle/paperwork with registration, insurance and plates etc with the insurance company?
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  • A mechanic's inspection is a good idea - unless you feel you have the skills to see if the car has been accidented, etc. Make sure that the mechanic is looking for evidence of bodywork, tire and brake wear, suspension wear/damage.
  • Check the tires for wear - and for uniformity of brand, etc. (you never know...)
  • Also, insist on seeing any maintenance records and purchase paperwork (bill of sale)
  • Otherwise, it is more or less a new vehicle so there shouldn't really be any problems with it if it's had a normal life so far.
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Probably best to have a Toyota dealership inspect it since you get the balance of the factory warranty.

Call Toyota Canada to confirm the warranty is in force.
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Go to a third party Toyota Dealer and ask them to do a FULL inspection of the car and any repairs which are due etc. Once you get the report back you can use that to leverage the price. If report comes back and so many issues walk away.
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alanbrenton wrote: Probably best to have a Toyota dealership inspect it since you get the balance of the factory warranty.

Call Toyota Canada to confirm the warranty is in force.
So why do you recommend Toyota look at it versus an independent mechanic? Is there any conflict there, or no?
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asifnana wrote: Go to a third party Toyota Dealer and ask them to do a FULL inspection of the car and any repairs which are due etc. Once you get the report back you can use that to leverage the price. If report comes back and so many issues walk away.
What's a "third party" Toyota dealer versus a regular Toyota dealer?

And do you recommend the inspection before we make the offer, or make the offer upon condition of inspection?
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gbill2004 wrote: So why do you recommend Toyota look at it versus an independent mechanic? Is there any conflict there, or no?
If the dealership gives a clean bill of health, Toyota Canada will not be able to dishonor it. :)

The dealerships are an extension of the brand.

To be honest if you call corporate and confirm the warranty is in force and your mechanic checks for wear and tear issues (not covered by warranty), you should already have peace of mind.

Just make sure you note who you spoke to. Written confirmation is even better
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gbill2004 wrote: What's a "third party" Toyota dealer versus a regular Toyota dealer?

And do you recommend the inspection before we make the offer, or make the offer upon condition of inspection?
I mean a dealership that neither you the buyer or the seller uses on a regular basis, that way you get a complete honest fair inspection of the car.

Before you make the offer of course, then when you make the offer you can say look the market value for this car is X, however your car requires Y in repairs, therefore my offer to you for the car is X-Y.
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asifnana wrote: I mean a dealership that neither you the buyer or the seller uses on a regular basis, that way you get a complete honest fair inspection of the car.

Before you make the offer of course, then when you make the offer you can say look the market value for this car is X, however your car requires Y in repairs, therefore my offer to you for the car is X-Y.
You're assuming that there will be any repairs required. This is a one year old vehicle with only 15k kms on it. Highly likely it comes back clean.
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gbill2004 wrote: You're assuming that there will be any repairs required. This is a one year old vehicle with only 15k kms on it. Highly likely it comes back clean.
Then Y is Zero. Simple. You get peace of mind that the car you got is in good working condition.
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If you're not set on the 2018, there's a lot of reasons to consider the 2019.... the all-new 2019 has 8.6 inches of ground clearance compared to a car-like 6.1" in the 2018 model. The IIHS safety test for the small overlap test (passenger side) improves from 'Poor' to 'Good'. It's based on the based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform which provides the RAV4 with a robust foundation for improved driving dynamics, comfort, and safety. The 2019 comes with Apple CarPlay, no announcement on Android Auto yet though.

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