To cut to the chase, no, I do not have a new truck.
The truck we looked at Saturday is a good example in the frustration.
I found a vehicle that fell within the basket of age, miles and price.
We drove to Grand Rapids, an eighty minute drive.
The woman selling the truck was waiting for us in a running vehicle. Clearly, she did not live where the truck was parked.
She admitted that she did not own the truck. It was her husband's. I didn't think any more about it. Her voice had slight traces of eastern European around the edges.
The truck was super clean. Very little rust.
It also had six inches of snow on it and it did not want to start.
Oil was newly changed and over filled.
I took it for a drive. The steering was heavy and the steering wheel was positioned 90 degrees from factory setting.
I was not able to verify the mileage because the DIC (get your mind out of the gutter, it means Driver Information Center) would not stop scrolling error messages.
The price was about $1400 less than Kelly Blue Book.
I told the woman I was interested.
I got back home AND....various VIN checkers told me the VIN was invalid.
I asked the woman to take a picture of the VIN. An hour later she sent me a crappy, almost unreadable picture. Fortunately, I have several sets of young, confident eyes.
That VIN checked out. The vehicle had been totaled out in 2019.
So...maybe there was a reason for all of the air-bag codes.
I called the lady back and said "Thanks, but no thanks."
She suggested that maybe I could have it for a lower price.
Again, "Thanks but no thanks."
I felt a huge sense of relief. The "unavailability" of her husband bothered me.
Was he in prison? Deported? On Deployment? Had they split up? Was she a cleaning lady who worked for a senile, old woman and selling a vehicle that REALLY was not hers?
The hunt continues.