Login Register

All times are UTC - 7 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic Page 1 of 1   [ 9 posts ]   
Author Message
 Post subject: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:55 pm 
Offline
Handmaids of the Lord
Handmaids of the Lord
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:04 pm
Posts: 12518
Location: Middle of nowhere
Religion: Catholic :)
We are buying a truck, and I test drove it tonight and it seems to have no shocks and pulls greatly to the right.

I know that the pulling could be from tires or front-end alignment, and the shocks would need to be replaced, and I looked it up online and they said $50-100 (different places) for the alignment, and I don't know what labor would be for the shocks but they seem to run $35 and up each.

It also has a problem with the driver's seat--can't adjust the back's angle--and has a rattly-ticky sort of thing happening when one first takes off.

I am just wondering if the front-end stuff could run into more problems than just alignment and shocks? I don't know very much about that sort of thing, to tell the truth.

Thanks very much!

_________________
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry out to Thee, and through the intercession of Mary, the virgin Mother of God; Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse; Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy Saints, hear our prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberation and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:03 pm 
Offline
Trophy Dwarf
Trophy Dwarf
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:10 am
Posts: 29334
Location: Firin' up my still
Religion: Catholic Convert
Church Affiliations: CDoA, SSVdP
We have never owned a new car.

Every used car we have purchased from a reputable car lot OR from a friend/coworker has been a great car.

Of those we have bought from total strangers, only one turned out to be a good car.

My advice, buy a used car from someone you know and trust - unless you are a mechanic.

_________________
Living life on prayers and hooks and needles...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:08 pm 
Offline
Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:21 pm
Posts: 13413
Location: Joyfully Caught in the Net
Religion: Catholic
Church Affiliations: Knights of Columbus
My advice is to never, ever, by a car that has the kind of problems that you describe. It may have been in an accident or has serious problems from something else. There are lots of used cars out there. Spend your money on one you will not have to immediately have major work done on.

_________________
"Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn, Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!" St. John of the Cross


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:53 pm 
Offline
Handmaids of the Lord
Handmaids of the Lord
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:04 pm
Posts: 12518
Location: Middle of nowhere
Religion: Catholic :)
Thanks, Kelly and DS :) I thought it would be ok if there weren't any other problems, but DS made it seem like there was too much of a chance that there would be other problems, so I'm gonna tell the guy no.

And hope that he wasn't lying when he said someone else was interested!

_________________
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry out to Thee, and through the intercession of Mary, the virgin Mother of God; Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse; Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy Saints, hear our prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberation and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:23 pm 
Offline
Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:21 pm
Posts: 13413
Location: Joyfully Caught in the Net
Religion: Catholic
Church Affiliations: Knights of Columbus
Philothea wrote:
Thanks, Kelly and DS :) I thought it would be ok if there weren't any other problems, but DS made it seem like there was too much of a chance that there would be other problems, so I'm gonna tell the guy no.

And hope that he wasn't lying when he said someone else was interested!

D[F]. :fyi:

I've bought and sold a few used cars and of course, I am giving advice about one that I know nothing about, but it's sort of a standard rule I think, that steering, alignment, frame problems, in a used car, are a good indicator that something seriously wrong probably happened to that vehicle. It is likely the reason the owner is trying to unload it. Best to keep looking.

_________________
"Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn, Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!" St. John of the Cross


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:41 pm 
Offline
King of Cool
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 11, 2003 11:30 am
Posts: 68286
Religion: Anticukite Catholic
Honestly, if you discovered problems like that on a simple test drive, it is likely that there are other problems as well.....unless you're a professional car re-builder it is not a good idea to buy a car that you know has problems....

_________________
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard" HL Mencken

Therefore.....let it burn.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:11 pm 
Offline
Handmaids of the Lord
Handmaids of the Lord
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:04 pm
Posts: 12518
Location: Middle of nowhere
Religion: Catholic :)
Desertfalcon wrote:
Philothea wrote:
Thanks, Kelly and DS :) I thought it would be ok if there weren't any other problems, but DS made it seem like there was too much of a chance that there would be other problems, so I'm gonna tell the guy no.

And hope that he wasn't lying when he said someone else was interested!

D[F]. :fyi:

:oops: Sorry 'bout that!

Quote:
I've bought and sold a few used cars and of course, I am giving advice about one that I know nothing about, but it's sort of a standard rule I think, that steering, alignment, frame problems, in a used car, are a good indicator that something seriously wrong probably happened to that vehicle. It is likely the reason the owner is trying to unload it. Best to keep looking.

Doom wrote:
Honestly, if you discovered problems like that on a simple test drive, it is likely that there are other problems as well.....unless you're a professional car re-builder it is not a good idea to buy a car that you know has problems....

Yeah, I think y'all are probably right. I'm so bummed out that the man we used to buy cars from went out of business--he was great :) I don't mind buying a car knowing that things will need to be done to it, but this one seems like we don't know what the problem is.

_________________
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry out to Thee, and through the intercession of Mary, the virgin Mother of God; Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse; Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy Saints, hear our prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberation and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:12 pm 
Offline
Handmaids of the Lord
Handmaids of the Lord
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:04 pm
Posts: 12518
Location: Middle of nowhere
Religion: Catholic :)
Thanks, everyone, for all your help. We're going to look for something better :)

_________________
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry out to Thee, and through the intercession of Mary, the virgin Mother of God; Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse; Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy Saints, hear our prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberation and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Buying a truck: possible front end problems
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:25 pm 
Offline
Handmaids of the Lord
Handmaids of the Lord
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:04 pm
Posts: 12518
Location: Middle of nowhere
Religion: Catholic :)
Thanks very much, everyone :D We had to go to town today, so I stopped in at a little car place, and they had a great car in much better shape! I talked the guy down to only $200 over the original price of the other one!!!!

But it may get sold to someone else before we can get back to him--at least we know they are out there!

_________________
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry out to Thee, and through the intercession of Mary, the virgin Mother of God; Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse; Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy Saints, hear our prayer for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberation and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic Page 1 of 1   [ 9 posts ]   


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


Jump to: