I thought I did my homework prior to picking out the Lexus. I'd test drove different cars at different dealerships.
I went twice to Peruzzi in Hatfield to look at (and drive) the Lexus.
The Car Fax was good (better than history than the other cars I had considered) and the salesman assured me the Lexus ( really, just an elite Toyota) is built to last and though the car had 128,000 miles on it, it ran well and I could easily run it to 180,000 if not 200,000 if I kept up with maintenance.
I had driven a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am for almost 12 years. The Grand Am FINALLY would not pass inspection due to all the rust.
The Lexus drove like butter compared to my Grand Am. It even had heated seats!
The sticker price was 6,416,00.
Neither my husband nor I haggled on the price (WHAT A MISTAKE).
Well, I drove it off the lot and realized when I was driving home the rear left window did not work. We bought the car "AS IS." Maybe it was bad circuit? Nope. Turned out, it was fine. A search of my car and "complaints" showed that a few owners had the broken window problem, and could not locate the problem though they'd paid a ton of money to find out.
Ok. I took that on the chin. My bad for not testing all the windows prior to leaving. Then the next day, driving in the light of the day (it was evening when we bought it). We noticed two small cracks in the windshield. Sigh. Again. Took it on the chin. That's what you get when buying used, even though it was marked a few thou above book value.
THEN, one morning the car just shimmed and chugged. The engine light was blinking. Lucky, I was not far from home, and parked it. Called nearest mechanic I trusted. Long story short, all 6 spark plug clips had been broken and GLUED back on!
He fixed the 5th plug that was causing us the misfire, however, I couldn't afford to get the other 5 fixed. I took it back to the dealership that sold it to us. Decided getting into a lease might be more my style...no surprise mechanic visits. I was going to give them a chance to make it right. Well, again, my head must look like a lollipop (SUCKER) because they wanted to charge me almost 500 to lease a CAMRY and valued my Lexus at 2,000. If you read their negative reviews on line, they promise to "make it right" but they certainly do not. SAD. At this point I'd rather visit my GYN than step inside an auto dealership. And the more I visit dealerships, the more frustrated I become with all the games.
Hopefully my Lexus will last. I will win the powerball. And I will do all I can to avoid stealerships.