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What do I look for when purchasing used?

ThunderJohnson

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I am new to the boards here.

I used to own a '72 LT1, now looking to buy a C5.

;help Can someone provide a link or other information as to what I should be sure to look for/check out/have checked out by a mechanic/dealership etc. to determine if the car has been driven hard or is on the verge of needing expensive repairs.

Thank you.
 

Remo

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GS Diva

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Thunder,

Welcome! There's a whole lot of fun to be had just shopping for a Corvette. Just read as much as you can about the C5's and talk to anyone and everyone who owns one. My typical comment to anyone shopping for a Vette is to buy the newest one with the lowest mileage you can afford. :)

To make the search easier, you might want to isolate just what kind you want...coupe or convertible, automatic or 6-speed...the rest will fall into place.

If I can help at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. I sell Corvettes for one of the most well-known used Corvette dealers on the East Coast.

Good luck and keep us updated!

Elaine
 
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I recommend reading "All Corvettes Are Red" to all C5 owners. It is a great read. It won't help you pick a C5, but it will help you appreciate them.
 

Bob Nunes

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I ended up getting an '04 mainly due to the price, proximity to home and the mileage. I am by no means a technical expert and most of the advice I got was WAY over my head. Mine had just come off lease and the seller had just bought an '07 so he wanted to sell it. I had been looking for about 6 months for the right situation and it came in out of the blue. My best advice is to be patient and the right vehicle will become available for you.
 

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Thunder,

welcome to the CAC and good luck in your search.

There is also a section under the Tech Center drop down menu called "Buying a Corvette." This is a great checklist which can be printed and carried along with you when looking at Vettes.

Here's the link to the webpage.

:w Jane Ann
 

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