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So my friend is interested in this 1995 Dodge Viper he's seen on a pre-owned showroom and I have some questions that I'd like to ask.

  • What kind of questions related to that specific car should we be asking the dealer?

  • What things should I look for when inspecting the car?

  • Are there any question regarding maintenance of that car that I should be asking the dealer?

Appreciate your help.

  • This question will get closed in the current configuration. Is it worth 33K is too subjective, I suggest you remove that one. Value is personal. I'll defer to someone else regarding the other three. – DucatiKiller Feb 9 '16 at 21:58
  • @DucatiKiller Done. – Lazy Hazy Feb 9 '16 at 22:00
  • Let's see what happens. – DucatiKiller Feb 9 '16 at 22:02
  • I'd go into it assuming the car has been abused at some point or another. How many miles are on it? Does it have a service history? If he's financing it I would probably stay away. I'm sure it would be awesome to own a viper, but a 20 year old viper? – Ben Feb 9 '16 at 22:06
  • @Ben About 10k miles. Service history is a question I must ask, jotted it down. – Lazy Hazy Feb 9 '16 at 22:10
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I can't answer all of your questions but I can tell you there are no recalls on OEM parts.

There is a single recall on the vehicle related to aftermarket brake parts from several manufacturers.

This post has excellent guidance on what to check when procuring a new used vehicle.

Most dealerships will allow you to take the car to a mechanic in order to get a basic inspection to check for error codes via OBDII and perhaps even do a compression test on the motor. I would recommend that.

Best of luck

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