Welcome To Used Car Buying Hell

This dealership is the embodiment of what's wrong with the used car market right now.

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Screenshot: Platinum Pre Owned Carlisle

Value is pretty much bullshit and the current car market shows it, with dealers tacking on prices just because they can. A great example of how screwed it is, outside of the widespread markups, is used car dealer Platinum Pre-Owned in Carlisle, PA. The dealer is… a piece of work.

In a market like this with ever-shrinking inventories, Platinum has a pretty healthy 224 cars as of this writing. Most are priced similarly to the nightmares in the header photo above.

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Screenshot: Platinum Pre Owned Carlisle
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Take these three Mitsubishi Mirages shown above. They have relatively low miles for being two and three years old, but the dealer is asking $29,990 each. The dealer is also asking for nearly $30,000 for a base, blank-button-having subcompact that Kelly Blue Book says shouldn’t be worth more than $14,000 in very good condition.

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What about a hatch? That should be cheaper right? Think again. This place put a $24,990 price tag on this 2016 Chevy Spark with over 107,000 miles on the odometer. KBB values this little setup at around $9,700.

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Screenshot: Platnium Pre Owned Carlisle
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Someone in the market for a Ford Fusion shouldn’t be too sad that Ford doesn’t make them anymore. Platinum can help them out, as long as they’re willing to part with $20,000 for a 16-year-old 2006 Fusion.

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Want an SUV? How about a 2016 Hyundai Tuscon that costs as much as a new one, except it has nearly 97,000 miles? Only a fool would drop $34,000 on a six-year-old crossover. Honestly, if you’re in the mood for a laugh, their inventory has gems. Signs of illegal substance use are evident throughout the dealer’s inventory:

A $38,000 base 2020 Chevy Trax with almost 30,000 miles.

A $41,000 2019 Honda Civic Hatch. LX mind you.

A $47,000 2020 Chevy Silverado W/T regular-cab work with just under 16,000 miles.

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Screenshot: Platinum Pre Owned Carlisle

Even the listed, so-called “high-end stuff” is a joke. I’m a huge fan of the Kia Stinger but I wouldn’t pay $59,990 for a three-year-old example with 14,000 miles, even KBB agrees with me.

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Go and check this place out if you want a good laugh — or nightmares. Just don’t give them any of your business.