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Advice On Buying An Excursion Before Someone Beats Me To It
I've got cash in hand and I'm in the market for an Excursion and I'm hoping to get some advice on actually buying one.
I've narrowed down exactly what I want to a stock early 2000(for forged rods) 7.3L, Black XLT or Limited, with leather of any color, and under 140k miles, for under $17k, within 750 miles of my location. The price is in line for what is available within that distance, so one would think this wouldn't be too tough... Wrong.
Let's forget about the limited number of vehicles for sale that match my criteria. Let's forget about the inflated price tag for a vehicle over 10 years old and with so many miles. Let's forget about having to drive 4-8 hours to get to what I want. By the time I have all my ducks in a row to go look at a vehicle, someone out of state already has a deposit down site unseen. I have to laugh at the 7.3L buying guides that talk about getting an oil analysis done.
How do you compete with that? Am I going to have to resort to a similar tactic of committing to buying a vehicle I know nothing about? Should I just face the fact that I will eat a deposit or two until I find one thats condition is acceptable? What did you do?
Also, can someone help give me some insight on what the seasonal market should be for these things in the coming months? Are these things harder to find in the summer? I'm in the North East if that matters. Thanks for the help.