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Any advice on buying a used car?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by djtidebuck, Jan 31, 2005.

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  1. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994


    I think you'd look good in this 84 Camaro. It would go good with your Camaro Cut.

  3. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Donny, first you have to figure out what your price range is. Once you have that you can then begin to look at your options (what you need in the vehicle, miles, engine size,etc). You definately want something with a good reputation and good resale value. For instance, don't buy a Yugo or a Kia over a Honda or one of the big 3 American brands (ford/lincon/mercury,GM/chevy,Chrysler/Dodge)
  4. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Depends what you're interested in doing....

    If you're only looking to spend 2-4K to buy a beater that you'd like to last a year or two... that jsut comes down to gut instinct... Its a gamble... the engine could blow tomorrow and you'll be out your money...or in 18 mos, you might have had no problems and you can sell it for a couple hundred less than you spent.... Just how it goes.

    If you're looking to spend say... 8 or 12K...(But say 5+ years old) That's what I call the "Have a Mecahninc Check it Out" range... still, no guarantees, but you can get an idea of how well the car was maintained and any expenses that are coming up....

    If you're looking at buying a used car that is only 2 or 3 years old... I'd look into Certified preowned programs with warranties, etc.

    Really comes down to what you want... and its hard to put "price ranges" on things because every price to value ratio is different.. and its different dealing with individuals and dealers, etc.
  5. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    I would definitely go with an older model american made car. Imports just don't look as nice when you prop them up on cinder blocks in the front yard. Plus the imports tend to have higher quality paint jobs, so the paint would not oxidize and peel off as quick. If you are lucky you may be able to find one out there that is already painted with a good coat of primer, with some fenders that don't match. good luck.

    Or you can try Kelly blue book or to find out the values of what you are looking at to see if they are in your price range. If you just want something dependable you cannot go wrong with an older toyota or honda in my opinion.
  6. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    what AKAK said... I don't have the balls to buy a car on Ebay, however several friends have had good luck going that route...
  7. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Do not read this title

    My 2 cents is that when buying a car, you should never buy a new car - but rather target cars that are 2-3 years old. Thats when the depreciation curve starts to flatten out - before then its almost straight down. A new car is a depreciating asset, let someone else pay for the depreciation.
  8. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Do you even own a car?
  9. djtidebuck

    djtidebuck Hang on Sloopy

    Has anyone ever had a bad experience buying a used car?
  10. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I have.

    I went to a dealer and he kicked me square in the groin, called my dog rabid and covered my head with some kind of cheese sauce.
  11. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Yeah... I bought a Ford Tempo for 300.00 once and two days later the tranny went out on it. Talk about being pissed off.
  12. dozerbuck

    dozerbuck You shut your mouth when you're talking to me

    One time....

    Well, actually it was my parents, but they bought a 4 year old nissan in 95. It had 30,000 miles on it so they thought they got a good deal. Only problem was the previous owner (only one by the way), never got it an oil change. They ended up spending about 1500 on it, then traded it back in.

    I do like the idea of getting 2-3 , more likely 2, year old car. I got a brand new Acura RSX. It ended up being a great buy for the simple fact I got it at cost with a few extras(wheel locks, trunk liner, wheel guards). I looked up the blue book value on it and its about 18500 and I had paid 19,800 for it(22,800 sticker). So the depreciation factor was so minimal, I couldn't say no.

    So unless you get a great deal on a new carm buy used.
  13. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Caveat Emptor

    Who the fuck buys a Tempo?
  14. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I was 17 and that was the only thing I could fuckin afford. Shut up! :sad2:
  15. iambrutus

    iambrutus Screw Blue

    tip for buying a used car:


    Apply Vaseline Around Your Asshole...
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