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Ok...long time (years) since I've been on the forum. Life got in the way big time. Still is...but have decided to take what time I've got left and do something new.

So... once upon a time I remember reading about a large truck outfit in Idaho (?) that could get a great deal on trucks. Is that still the case? Or...am I better off looking local?

My current truck is a 2004 Silverado 1500 with over 350k miles. It doesn't owe me anything...but it isn't reliable to go on a road trip. Tried to go to Florida in February...broke down and needed a surprise front end brake job. Dealer in FL nor dealer in MO could figure out what happened or why. Just did. Stuck for a week.

DH and I would like to get something reliable. Looking at Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and GM equivalents. Pre owned and gently used. DH isn't sure he wants to take on towing a trailer now. Thinks that ship has sailed.

Any experiences with these vehicles... advice etc. greatly appreciated. Thanks...CTS

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Are you thinking of Dave Smith? I don't know much about them but they used to have a ton of commercials on TV.


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That's it! I'll check it out. May not be worth it. A friend suggested looking into a rehab dealer here...they get vehicles that are salvage title and apparently rehab them completely for resale. Not too sure about that option.

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The reviews of the Dave Smith operation are all over the place. My guess is they are no different than any other dealership, just bigger maybe.

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Sadly, it is no longer a deal.

I tried them when I ordered the truck in my signature. I did better here in Phoenix, straight up with no travel expenses.
Factor in travel expenses and it wasn't even close.



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IF ,,, I am guessing correctly, looking for a gently used very small C or even a B may be more helpful.

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“and apparently rehab them completely for resale.”

Apparently? If you buy one you better hope they do.


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several times I and some others I know have checked with dave smith over the years. Every time a local dealer either beat his price or was close enough it wasn't worth the drive. In fact my current truck was purchased from a local dealer. I had specific items on my list including a color that was in short supply at the time. Local dealer beat dave smiths price. The truck came from Dave Smith. The paperwork in the glovebox showed initial delivery to Dave smith. Truck had 15 miles on it so it had been trucked from Dave smith to the local dealer.

When we drive by Dave smith on our way to Montana he has a huge inventory spread over several miles. Or at least did a year ago during our last trip


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I've bought several vehicles from private parties in Az. ... no sales tax and no need to deal with a car salesman!!! Craig

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Dennis Dillon is a great place to comparison shop and there have been many posters that have had a positive experience. Dave Smith was it for year but I heard they sold and things changed. Dillon always has the lowest prices I can find and if/when I buy a new truck I'd probably order from Dillon since they offer same discounts on orders as on their lot.

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