Used Car Lot Walk & Talk: Humming An Ocean Lyriq During The Solstice

Have we ever done a Walk & Talk featuring a late model used car lot?  If not, today is your lucky day!  All these pictures were taken Sunday, May 5, at the local GM / Toyota dealership.

This is the same dealership that was hit hard by a tornado in 2019.  Driving by the morning after, I saw an eight-door Checker Aerobus was parked in a de-roofed and semi-de-walled building on the lot.

Starting off is this 2023 Fisker Ocean One.  I had heard of Fisker, but had never seen one.

The color is intriguing.  It has a maritime feel with what appears to be a rough texture, but the paint is as smooth as glass.

Apparently somebody didn’t take a shining to their new Fisker, if jettisoned after accumulating a grand total of 479 miles.  Such is incomprehensible to me.

However, with Fisker having recently ceased production, combined with the nearly $40k price tag on this example, will the dealer soon have an automotive albatross around its neck?  Or will the albatross sell to some unsuspecting buyer who will have no parts and service?

The Fisker, in the sense of seemingly abnormal newness when being traded, wasn’t alone.

Something prompted a person to dump their new 2024 Accord.

Oh, wait.  It has a sibling sitting nearby.  Typing this up on Wednesday, May 8, only this white one can be found on the dealer’s website.  There is no telling what the story is, but this white one has only 4,500 miles.

Perhaps somebody traded it on a new Cadillac Lyriq.

Or not.  This used 2024 Lyriq was also awaiting a new owner.  Unlike the Honda, it’s been driven thrice as much, advertised as having 15,000 miles.  Carfax says it was corporate owned.  Perhaps it ferried various GM brass around Detroit?

I’ve seen exactly one Lyriq on the road, just a few days prior to seeing this one.  Most of it looks okay, if uninspiring, but the rear has a distinct droopy look, in a soggy diaper kind of way.  The designers at Cadillac should have pampered and huggied their newest design better than this.

What I state is just my opinion and it’s as subjective as anyone else’s opinion.

If one wants a used Cadillac, there are choices.  If having to choose one, I’d take either of the two Escalades.  It best embodies the Cadillac persona.

The Escalade reminds me of the old acronym of FUJIGM.  That stands for “screw you, Jack, I got mine.”

I do kinda sorta like this 2020 CT5 (with right at 20,000 miles) but it has about as much presence as a tube of toothpaste.  It looks like a Mazda sedan and Subaru Legacy lovechild.

There is a remarkable number of Jeeps.  I hadn’t seen this many Jeeps for sale since I drove by the local Chrysler dealer a few days prior.  Last I read, the market day supply for new Jeeps, as well as many new Stellantis products, was quite high.

The old phrase “being stacked like cord wood” comes to mind.

It seems pickups aren’t moving off lots as fast as they once were.  Of course inventory is up considerably, also.  While I have my thoughts about why so many of these are currently available, I shall refrain from biasing anyone’s thought process.

All I will say is there is a lot adjacent to the dealer that is full of new pickups.  This particular lot is generally full of fleet grade pickups, but that isn’t the case now as lots of obvious retail units could also be seen.  There is even more overflow further north in the parking lot of a bowling alley.

Even the pickups having higher gross weight ratings (ie, 3/4- and one-ton varieties) are taking up lot space.

Two of them had flatbeds, a pricey proposition to add to a chassis.  It would seem these are ripe for various business enterprises, but apparently not.

Speaking of being stacked up, how about a row of Cadillac Lyriqs awaiting their first owner?

The variety of colors is so overwhelming.

There was the token red Lyriq to break up the visual monotony.  If having to choose, this one would be my pick.

Waiting for that first owner appears to also be the case with these Toyota Tundras awaiting the same outcome.  New Toyotas have an enviably short time on the lots, with the make having about a 30 day supply.  The Tundra is Toyota’s outlier in that, but the number found pales in comparison to the number of new Chevrolet and GMC pickups found on the lot (and up the street).

Somehow I have evolved into talking about new cars.  Weird how that happens.  Let’s take a walk on the used side before concluding…

This 2017 Nissan Frontier spoke to me.  Not loudly, but it spoke.  Perhaps part of the reason it didn’t speak louder is this is identical to all those Nissan Frontiers used as delivery vehicles locally by an automotive parts chain store.

Even the absent paint on the front fender put me in mind of those delivery vehicles.

Perhaps the best (or not) has been saved for (next to) last.

No, I’m not talking about the two Corvette convertibles awaiting new adventures.  What you are about to see was parked next to them.

When did you last see a Pontiac Solstice with merely 15,000 miles on it?

Well, here she be.  I like it, but it’s too small.

Our last entry is anything but small.

My first Hummer sighting…sitting amongst the other used pickups.  Somebody dumped it at 8,300 miles.  I’m sure with a $99,000 asking price there were a line of prospects early Monday morning.  Or not.

Hope you enjoyed this Sunday morning sight-seeing tour.