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Im considering buying a 1999 chevy silverado PU with 200k on it. The engine is reported as new but I have to confirm that. Tires are new and body is excellent. I have to worry about the mileage on the drive train other than the engine. The asking price is $3900 nego. Im thinking $3000 is what I would like to pay. Does this sound about right?

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If there is a new engine as they claim,they spent at least 1,500-2K on that alone so you have to ask yourself,why are they selling it for 4K?I would at least have a shop inspect it or do a carfax or both even if the shop says good.1 thing that is hard to find unless you know exactly what to look for is frame damage.Yes,they do have frame pullers to fix it,but only to a certain degree.If the frame was bent and pulled out,you will probably have issues with front end alignment after tire replacement,maybe shaking at high speed,suspension wear and tear,to name a few.A carfax requires the VIN and costs money,but is worth peace of mind.If that car was ever in an accident,carfax tells you when and what what was repaired.Also,with a bent frame the car will never have any resell value and a dealer will not even take it on trade-in.Good luck! Greg

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