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Mine may be a difference of opinion. After reading Ross Krazs post - “I ignored my own advice for a road trip car” about how he bought a car from a mechanic, I wondered why I tend to shy away from mechanic owned cars.

Most people probably assume that buying a used car from a mechanic would be a great idea. The mechanic being known as someone who is knowledgeable with diagnosing issues or noticing when something is slightly off with a car that they are driving and the ability to fix said problem, not to mention the access to a multitude of tools to help them along the way.

However, I personally know a few mechanics and while they are very good at their job, once they leave the shop they do not want to work on a friends cars much less their own, sometimes they even seem like they don’t want to answer any questions you have about an issue with your car. I personally do not think I would buy a vehicle from a mechanic and I do tend to stay away from listings/vehicles where the owner is/claims to be a mechanic. Obviously there are varying degrees of what people define as a ‘mechanic’, from someone who changes oil to someone who can rebuild an engine without direction.

So I pose the question to you, would you prefer to buy a vehicle from someone that is/claims to be a mechanic, or would you rather buy from someone that makes no claim to be one? What if any experiences have you had buying vehicles from ‘mechanics’?

TLDR: Would you prefer to buy a vehicle from someone that is/claims to be a mechanic, or would you rather buy from someone that makes no claim to be one?

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The only bonus to buying a vehicle from a mechanic I can see is free tools when you start poking around in places that are rarely visited, trunks, glove boxes, under seats, etc.