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Buying a used Lexus question.

Looking at 2 different 2007 GS 350's.
Would you rather...
A) Buy a car from the original owner with 176,000 miles with all maintenance records done by Lexus dealership. Ex, water pump, timing chain, spark plugs, replacement of both rear ox sensors, rear shock replacement. Tires and breaks about 50%.
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B) A car from the second owner with 109,000 miles but no records. Says water pump was changed. Tires & breaks both replaced within the last year.

Both cars are priced the same.

Due to the 60,000 miles being a pretty big difference it would in most cases be a no brainer, but the full record history is a great find.

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Did the owner of the second vehicle do their own maint? If not whatever dealer or shop they use should have records. I would vote the second car if you can get ahold of that info. 60k mile difference is pretty big chunk to consider. If you are pretty mechanically inclined you should be able to tell alot by looking the car over. If not you might consider the 100 dollar or so pre purchase inspection the Lexus/Toyota dealer could do. That is money well spent if you are not familiar with the mechanical side of a vehicle.

Some will argue that a 200k mile well maintained vehicle is better than a 100k mile vehicle that wasn't cared for. This is a pretty accurate staement but i would exhaust all options on the lower mileage vehicle becuase it may have been maintained very well.

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I pay extra for a maintenance trail. Then again 60K miles is significant. It's a tough decision.

In your shoes, I'd probably inspect the low mileage one. Take the oil cap off and see if there are significant deposits. People not doing maintenance to their cars is very common, particularly when they get over 100K miles. The higher mileage one might have less wear if the lower mileage one got indifferent maintenance.
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I'd echo the sentiment of getting a pre-purchase inspection done. That is a large mileage difference, but taking care of maintenance items is more important to me than low mileage.
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I'd get the one with lower miles looked at and pull the trigger if there's no red flags. It's always appealing to have records and it shows the car was cared for, but just over 100K versus approaching 200K miles is a lot. I like the idea of checking with whatever shops the owner used and seeing if they have records too.
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