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I have been looking for a Karma for the last 3 to 4 months. I finally settled for an out-of-state high VIN Ecosport (greater than 2000) with about 14k miles. I put down a deposit and flew to Atlanta today to inspect and finalize the purchase. But things went south really quickly when I reached the dealership.

Before I could depart the dealership to take it to the Fisker CSP dealer in Atlanta, I noticed the check engine light was on and the battery indicator read a big fat 0 (I had the dealer plug it in the night before my arrival). At that point, the dealer agreed to pay the price of the CSP inspection. I pretty much knew at that point it was unlikely that I would purchase the vehicle, but I held out hope.

Then, on our way to the dealer, I noticed a loud noise from the rear of the vehicle upon deceleration or removing my foot from the accelerator.

Finally, at the Atlanta CSP dealer, an excellent tech (I think his name was Brian or Brad) explained the multiple problems with the vehicle -- the most serious being the likely need to replace the differential and possible leaking battery modules. Highly recommend that location, by the way.

A complete waste of a full day and a waste of few of my rewards miles for air travel. Oh well, back to the search. Just venting and thought I would share. The value of a good inspection = priceless.
 

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His name is Bernie and lucky you didn't buy it sight unseen . Guess ready the forum threads helped you . Knowing what to look for is a key component for sure . That dealer who's selling the car is going to have to use it for a planter box at this point
 

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His name is Bernie and lucky you didn't buy it sight unseen . Guess ready the forum threads helped you . Knowing what to look for is a key component for sure . That dealer who's selling the car is going to have to use it for a planter box at this point
That's right -- his name is Bernie. And he mentioned you by name when we began to talk about the issues with the car and people qualified to fix it. But obviously I just got my deposit back and kept it moving.
 

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Don't give up @FiskerLover - you are going about it the right way. Make sure you know the history on the car and have it inspected before you buy. The cars aren't going anywhere, and I think with the New Fisker taking care of the existing owners (both original and secondary), there will be folks looking to jump ship out of what is still a great car. Just take your time and be patient.
 

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check my friends over at Dancyautomotive.com, they have 2 of them. They are my good good friends, call over there tomorrow and ask to speak to Jose. Hes the head guy in charge. Just say you are a good friend of Steve's. Ive purchased all of my vehicles from them and have been close friends with the owner for over ten years.
 

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check my friends over at Dancyautomotive.com, they have 2 of them. They are my good good friends, call over there tomorrow and ask to speak to Jose. Hes the head guy in charge. Just say you are a good friend of Steve's. Ive purchased all of my vehicles from them and have been close friends with the owner for over ten years.
Thanks for the referral. Much appreciated! I checked out their website and the models they have for sale have lower VIN #s . But I'll call -- maybe the cars have been fully updated.
 

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I know it may sound weird but try and buy a Karma that has a lot of miles on it, you're sure to get a good one if you know it's been driven a lot.
 
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