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Looking for a 2014 to 2017 HL with second-row captains chairs and Blu-Ray. Captains chairs are more important than Blu-Ray if I have to choose between the two. Looking for XLE or above. Ventilated seats would be a nice bonus. Trying to stay in the $35k range.

Local dealer has a 2014 Limited with only 7,200 miles for $35,500.

Is this a good deal or could I do better?

What issues should I look for in used vehicles?
Should I buy the extended warranty?
I've read the sticky about common problems.

I'm in Arizona. Any opinions on dealers here?

Thanks.
 

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From 2014 to 2016, 2nd row captain's chairs were an option on XLE and standard on Limited and Limited Platinum.


You can't get rear seat entertainment (Blu-Ray) with a Limited Platinum because of the panoramic moonroof - no place to put the DVD player in that case. So that puts you with either an XLE or a Limited.


Ventilated front seats are a feature on Limited only.


To decide if a dealer price is a good deal (assuming the car is in good mechanical shape), use a site like Edmunds (http://www.edmunds.com) or KBB (http://www.kbb.com) and go through the used-car appraisal process on it. Think of the wholesale/trade-in value as what the dealer paid for the car, and then understand that they have to make some money on top of that. "Dealer Retail" is usually where they start negotiation on the high end, so you should end up somewhere between those two extremes.
 

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From 2014 to 2016, 2nd row captain's chairs were an option on XLE and standard on Limited and Limited Platinum.


You can't get rear seat entertainment (Blu-Ray) with a Limited Platinum because of the panoramic moonroof - no place to put the DVD player in that case. So that puts you with either an XLE or a Limited.


Ventilated front seats are a feature on Limited only.


To decide if a dealer price is a good deal (assuming the car is in good mechanical shape), use a site like Edmunds (http://www.edmunds.com) or KBB (http://www.kbb.com) and go through the used-car appraisal process on it. Think of the wholesale/trade-in value as what the dealer paid for the car, and then understand that they have to make some money on top of that. "Dealer Retail" is usually where they start negotiation on the high end, so you should end up somewhere between those two extremes.
Thanks! Original MSRP was $39.6k, Trade-in was $30.4k and Dealer Retail is $35.4k. The car is listed at $36k, so I'll probably shoot for $33.1 and some additional upgrades such as an updated Navigation map.
 

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additional upgrades such as an updated Navigation map.
Now here's something that all of us looking at used cars should ask/demand when buying a used car. And if you trade in, then be sure the factory reset the navi head unit and the homelink door opener in your trade in.
 

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Looking for a 2014 to 2017 HL with second-row captains chairs and Blu-Ray. Captains chairs are more important than Blu-Ray if I have to choose between the two. Looking for XLE or above. Ventilated seats would be a nice bonus. Trying to stay in the $35k range.

Local dealer has a 2014 Limited with only 7,200 miles for $35,500.

Thanks.
I would be leery of 2014 (1st year of major upgrade) with so little mileage....also don't think that's such a great deal for a 14. I would be looking for a left over 2016 once the 2017's start arriving.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. I bought the car.

This particular 2014 was purchased at the same dealer and the original buyer was an older couple. The husband was undergoing cancer treatments, so they hardly drove the car and it was garaged most of the time. The engine bay looks pristine and I don't think they ever used the rear seats. They downsized to a Rav 4. The car still smells new.

It has remote start and towing package.

We got the dealer to drop the price by a small amount, but I got $1,500 extra for my trade. We also got the nav updated for free, two free tablet holders, and roof rails for dealer cost. Overall, I think we did well and we like the car.

The only bad thing is that while they were doing the final detail, they put screws in the front bumper to attach their dealer plate (advertisement). This really ticked me off and I'm going to see if they will fix it...especially since the plate is crooked and not centered. They just eyeballed it and didn't use the pre-dimpled marks.
 
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