I work in the funeral industry. Minivans are a staple of our business. We deliver flowers, paperwork, do endless odd jobs, and yes, carry the obvious. Virtually every funeral home has at least one min...
I work in the funeral industry. Minivans are a staple of our business. We deliver flowers, paperwork, do endless odd jobs, and yes, carry the obvious. Virtually every funeral home has at least one minivan. This is my 4th one. After a poor showing by Chrysler for my first one, I have driven Fords. I have been very pleased so far. All have had major mileage put on them with minimal problems. So far, this Freestar is the most refined. Love the seats and the way it drives. The factory tires are approaching their end and just like the last one, are Not the best winter tire. An easily remedied situation. Radio/cd player is very adequate for my needs. Seats were easily removed,never to be put in until resale. Plenty of cargo room in the back. Do wish Ford would have developed the stow and go seats like Chrysler did.
I generally buy about 4 years old and keep for 2 to 3 years.
To my regret, Ford stopped producing this van and the new Transit they offer will not meet my needs. Next one will need to be a Chrysler (much improved I hope) unless I am able to find a low mileage 2007 model in my color.
This is my 3rd vehicle found on Cars.com The first was found at a local dealer. Went for one but ended up choosing another they had with the more rare and better smaller motor. It served me well with no expensive service requirements so did the same again for the next vehicle. Also found locally and an extremely nice vehicle. Still have it for my backup with 165,000 with no serious issues.
For this 3rd one I had to venture further as the model is out of production. Wonderful to have a national search site like Cars.com. I found several that met my criteria of a balance of price/color/mileage. It had 12,000 less miles and $1200 less than anything closer to home. It was a nice little adventure going to Mississippi to get a car. I did it as an experiment. With airfare,food, gas, hotel, a speeding ticket in Ga (oops..10 year clean record shot) and a few days of lost work, savings were somewhat minimal. I did however have a fun experience and got to see some sites and long lost friends.
All dealers dealt with were very professional and the time saved running around looking made car shopping a pleasant experience.
I m already searching for my next vehicle. Cars.com is the way to go