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Hi. I've been looking for a 2013 or 2014 Enclave and have found several that I like from various CarMax locations near me. The price is a bit better than CPO from a Buick dealer, but many of the ones I've found had no service history in the Autocheck (provided by Carmax) or Carfax (which I signed up for).

I finally found one that had a history on Carfax, but now I'm wondering if it has too much history. In addition, it shows as being a former 'personal' car, rather than 'personal lease' which makes me wonder if the person had problems and just wanted out of this car. What do you make of all this history:

08/23/2013 Vehicle sold
05/09/2014 5,733 Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed PCM reprogrammed
10/17/2014 9,000 Passed emissions inspection
12/19/2014 10,352 Seatbelts checked
02/18/2015 11,351 Computer(s) checked Fluids checked
03/10/2015 11,854 Maintenance inspection completed Fuel pump module replaced
04/24/2015 12,829 Recommended maintenance performed
08/14/2015 15,569 Maintenance inspection completed Recommended maintenance performed
10/24/2015 17,000 Passed emissions inspection
12/18/2015 18,274 Maintenance inspection completed Oil and filter changed
05/20/2016 21,160 Maintenance inspection completed

At quick glance it looks pretty good (i.e. oil changes every 3k miles or so), but should I be concerned about the PCM, seatbelts, fuel pump...? Also, you'll see that the car was in on 2/18/15, 3/10/15 and 4/24/15 (i.e. 3 times in 2+ months).

Finally, does this make any sense:

Everything listed above was at one Buick dealer in VT, but then this happened (shortly after the last inspection on 5/20):

06/16/2016 21,641 Vehicle offered for sale (at a Ford dealer in VT)
06/21/2016 Vehicle sold
06/28/2016 21,714 Service Facility Pre-delivery inspection completed
07/14/2016 Auto Auction
07/15/2016 Buick Certified Dealer Chicopee, MA Offered for sale as a Buick Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
07/15/2016 Dealer Inventory Vehicle sold

Then it appeared today on Carmax

So it looks like the original owner probably traded it in for a Ford, and I guess the Ford dealer didn't really want it so they sent it to auction, but why did a Buick dealer in MA buy it, certify it, but then sell it to Carmax (or why did Carmax buy it from a dealer and not from auction?)?

Thanks for any thoughts!
 

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I bought my car out of state (14', low miles) and subsequently discovered that the dealer covered up a bad smoke smell. Ultimately, I got it out after a lot of work and $. It's possible the new owner didn't like something about the car, and knowing they couldn't return it, simply sold to Carmax. Bottom line - Do NOT buy without seeing (or smelling) the car first!!!!!
 

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I will definitely see it in person, and of course drive it, but I think I'm now too worried that there's some underlying issues with this particular vehicle...
 

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It may seem odd, but really not a cause for concern. Maybe someone bought it for a spouse who didn't like it. Try calling the prior dealer to see if they can offer any info. In my case, in the glove box inside the manual pouch I found the original bill of sale with the buyer's contact info, but had no reason to call. Who knows what you'll find. At least it's been maintained! Good luck.
 
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