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Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? #5449636 06/09/20 10:13 AM
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I contacted a used car dealer about a car I wanted to buy and he said it sold 3 days ago. I asked him why it's still on the site and on craigslist and didn't get a response. Is this normal practice?

Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449650 06/09/20 10:38 AM
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Unfortunately yes, at least around here. There are communications involved in maintaining a website and keeping it current, it is common to see "sold" vehicles on a site for up to a week afterwards.

Point two, and this is the dark side of dealers, I have run into website "lowball deals" that are not there at all and they leave them up to draw inquiries in, fishing for leads. You call to inquire on or go into see that shiny SUV listed at a killer price and it's not there but now you are on the carousel.

I don't deal with any dealer that is playing games like that but it's frustrating none the less.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449653 06/09/20 10:40 AM
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Depends on the dealership. An honest, well run dealership will remove sold vehicles overnight. Some, however, notice a car that drives a lot of traffic to their website, then keeps them listed for a few days/weeks after the sale. It's just a bait and switch. You call/come in on a car, get to the dealership and miraculously it sold earlier that same day, but they have another, similar, car for you to look at. They'll even get you a good deal due to the inconvenience (IE: another way to get you to sit down and show you numbers).


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449655 06/09/20 10:42 AM
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It’s all about percentages of successful sales. Talking to you on the phone increased that. Getting you on the lot increases that even more.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449664 06/09/20 10:53 AM
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Drives me crazy when they don't even list the car correctly. I frequently see cars listed as being an Automatic but the pictures clearly show a manual gearshift. Always call ahead if you are making a special trip to look at a car to ensure it is still for sale.

Just one more reason I prefer to buy from an individual than from a dealer that tacks on ridiculous charges and has no idea what the history of the car is.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449668 06/09/20 11:01 AM
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If they're sleazy before the Internet, they'll be sleazy after the Internet.

Bought a ten year old Toyota Corona (haven't thought of that one in a while) from a classic used car lot in the mid seventies. Owner was just like Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) in Used Cars. "You're in luck, my father just died a few hours ago but if you come in Thursday before the funeral I'll let you have it for $xxx. Got there and he was hanging around, "Hey aren't you going to your father's funeral?" "Nah, somebody else called."

Actually, I think the car was fairly reliable.

If that guy's still alive, I'm sure his web site's like that. Plus, some of 'em are so small, one guy does it all.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449695 06/09/20 12:17 PM
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If a used car dealer posts a car for sale on Carfax site as an example, and takes it down when it's sold, it's still out there on a lot of other sites. Other sites copy ads from the bigger ones and don't bother taking them down or even checking to see if the car sold. I went to a Carfax dealer about a listed car. They looked at me funny. Then the manager remembered that the car had sold a month previous. He then proceeded to explain to me the above. Guess they figure it generates phone calls.

Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449696 06/09/20 12:17 PM
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My experience is they'll keep vehicles advertised for sale on their websites, sometimes weeks after they're sold.

I see it as a marketing tool. Like said, yet another way to get a sales dialog going with you. "Oh yeah, that vehicle JUST sold, but maybe we can find another one for you".


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449721 06/09/20 01:04 PM
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At least they told you it was sold.

Plenty of dealers tell people to come in to see/buy it. Then after driving several hours are then told they sold it but hey why you're here why not look at...
Had 1 dealer try to hide damage to a vehicle I was looking at by reversing one side picture to make it look like the other. Problem is the name on the side was also backwards. I asked for pictures and all I got was "whats your phone number..." and "when would you like to come test drive it...".


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449788 06/09/20 02:58 PM
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yes. standard practice. it drives activity towards them. plus, they dont like wasting time on an activity that is not pursuing leads.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449850 06/09/20 04:26 PM
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When we were Prius shopping I hit the local dealer website daily. Found "the one" at 0800 on Saturday. Rushed over there and it had sold already. Something (mumble mumble) about the distributor running the website, and listing it when the dealer gets their allocation. Turns out the way to get what you want is to tell a salesman, put money down, and wait a few weeks for the phone to ring.

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not really, they keep fake cars on the website.. OH WE JUST SOLD THAT ONE.

sometimes YEA COME DOWN AND LOOK AT IT>--->> OH WE JUST SOLD IT.


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Re: Do used car dealers keep sold cars on their website for awhile? [Re: Whammo] #5449955 06/09/20 06:43 PM
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I've seen a few dealers that appear to use the same software, which is probably tied into their inventory systems. Also this thread reminded me of Ling's Cars. Somehow it works for them.

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Depends on software they leverage and how active they keep inventory in there.

Best to call to confirm.

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I've seen it both ways. Some do, some don't. I always asked them for a specific picture of something on the car and I'd be down in today and then they could do one of three things: send me the pic, not write back, or tell me the car was sold. As you would guess, all three happened equally.


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