I'll try to be brief...
I just bought a 99 Wrangler sport for my husband. It was a surprise and seeing as I know less than nothing about cars, I had a friend from work help me find and purchase one.
This friend is very knowledgable about cars and rebuilds them on the side, often buying totalled cars from auctions and putting them back together, then reselling on ebay.
So - this friend went and looked at about 4 jeeps that we found on craigslist and passed them all up for various mechancial reasons (slipping transmission etc.). Then, the night before I had to have a jeep in hand for my surprise to work, he suddenly had a friend of a friend that had a 99 Wrangler with 71k miles on it for a very good price. The friend hadn't yet posted it on craigslist, so there was no ad for me to see. He went to look at it and bought it on the spot for me. The next day, on his way to deliver it to me it had a "minor problem" (I forgot what) and he stopped off at his mechanic friends to have him fix it "real quick" - then he said in doing that they found some corrosion on the battery and in cleaning that up the friend shocked himself and then the mileage started reading some weird error code. He said that was also a simple fix that his friend would take care of at no charge because he thinks he caused it in messing with the battery. He delivers the jeep to me that same night with the error code on the odometer and i have it for one day when the fan belt, bracket and pulley break. He fixes that for me, and at the same time the new instrument cluster came in and he replaced that. Finally, I have my Jeep, in working order.
Tonight i happened to find him on ebay and see that on the same day, at roughly the same time that his friend shocked himself and the error code came on, that he bought an instrument cluster with 70k miles on it.
Question (finally) - is this highly suspicious that he said the Jeep had 70k miles on it and that I never saw the odometer until after he bought and installed a new instrument panel that ALSO had around 70k miles on it??
If so...do I confront him? Is there any way to determine how many miles are actually on this thing?? I hate to be so suspicious because I do consider this guy a friend...it just strikes me as strange and I could use a little expert advice...
Sorry - that "i'll try to be brief" statement didn't really work out