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Have the dealer run an Oasis report for you which will show just about all the work done at a ford dealership.
I have read that in some cases if it is just work that a customer came in and paid for, it might not show up on there. Usually it is only standard maintenance and warranty work.
There is no report or place that will show work done at other types of dealerships that I am aware of. It is basically the same as just a regular shop doing the work, there just isn't a system in place that records all that stuff for you to view, even though that would be awesome.
Your best bet IMO is to find a good dealer that at least has a good amount of vehicles and not some hole in the wall. Have an oasis and carfax report done on the vehicle, check it out thoroughly and read a lot of the forum. I also believe in, especially with trucks 6.0-present, investing in a monitor before you buy. There are plenty of brands that are good and aren't to expensive ($100-200) to atleast get you going without breaking the bank.
Learn all the info you can from the forum and what to check out and monitor with it on the truck to give you the best idea of the health and life of the truck when you go test drive. That small amount of money compared to what you are spending on the truck is more then worth it and I consider it cheap insurance.
Besides that, there really isn't much else you can do besides having your financial situation taken care of with money in savings in case a rainy day hits, which it will sooner or later.
I personally don't see how some people can afford a 20k, 30k, 40k, on up to a brand spanking new truck but yet that is their only vehicle and have a huge ordeal on their hands when something happens to it, it breaks down, won't start, etc. In my opinion there is nothing worse than having to deal with the associated stress and frusturation that comes from that situation. At least if you have another vehicle (not just your wifes car lol) even if it is just a beater car to get you by, this will at least let you get your truck fixed and be able to take your time and make the best decision on how to go about it.
But I digress; off the main subject at hand. Goodluck OP and hope that helps some
- 1990 F250 RCLB 7.3 IDI 4x4 ZF5. 45,000 original miles and factory original as can be.
- 2006 Dodge 3500 QCLB DRW 5.9 CR G56.
- Vehicles for days!
Will never buy anything from IPR and Sinister! List still growing
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