..aah the Range Rover..in typical brit green..I kept dreaming about this car coz I had made up my mind about it and it being a terrific offroader, I had even started looking for Off highway Parks, 4X4 trails etc. I even made some 'Jeep' friends in ATL much before I even bought this car..such was the enthusiasm. this is when I ended my search for a car..till I reached Peachtree City,GA.
I landed on a sunday and called the owner and told him that I'll meet up with him on wednesday that week. He was cool with it. I found it weird that at such a price, it is still available. am I missing something here?
aah yes..the carfax..for the uninitiated, Carfax is a complete report of all cars in US. this report will tell if the car in question has ever been in an accident and all service records..all with the VIN as the reference number. Pretty cool stuff. Now I was just heeding to excitement and I'd not even checked on this rangie's carfax report. called him again and asked for one..he did email me the report and promptly told me that he has been changing oils all by himself and therefore , the last few oil changes will not figure out in the report. I was cool with that coz I knew that servicing at dealerships is super expensive in US..
I went through the report thoroughly and found nothing to be worried about. I still knew that there has to be something that's not right with the car. So I preponed my 'meet the rangie' plan and rented a pontiac G5 coupe on monday and went out that evening to Atlanta. btw, Peachtree city to Atlanta is a 30 mile drive.
met Frank, the owner ( a 60 yr old man) who took me around to his Range Rover..it looked fantastic..just the way I had imagined it to be. it was going to be my next car..MPG (miles/gallon) be damned.
1. body condition. check
2. no accidents. check
3. suspension. check
4. engine oil level/condition . check
5. fan belt . check
6. tyre wear.check
untill this time, Frank spoke nothing..and then,
I asked " so Frank, why are you selling this car?"
he says " off late I am having some transmission trouble.."
oh ooh..I said " what kinda trouble ?"
Frank " there is some unusual shift behaviour"
I said " what do you mean"
Frank " well, in 'Park' it should not roll, this car does. There is a lot of noise from the transmission"
I said " did you get it checked?"
Frank "no..I guess I need a new transmission"
now that is the reason for the low price..this car was worth just $2000 without a working transmission...I totally hated this guy for having hid the fact. since he had never taken his car to a service center since a long time, this issue never got into carfax.
I silently walked out all frustrated. did not even bother to test drive it.
Now I was back to car hunting.