I have "SUCKER" written on my forehead.
August 2, 2011 9:08 PM Subscribe
What's the best way for me to find and buy a used car, given that I know what I want, have cash to buy it outright, don't want to spend lots of time and mileage and money "shopping", and don't know anything about how to tell a lemon from a peach?
posted by The otter lady to Shopping (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I want to buy a used Honda Odyssey first generation (from the years 1994-1998). I have up to $5k in cash to spend but of course less is better. I don't care about the interior condition of the car but do need it to be sound and have life left in it mechanically. I also don't care about colors, options, etc. I'm not in a hurry, but I live in a remote area and getting into the "City" (Seattle) to look at cars gets expensive and time consuming. Also, I am an ignorant yokel and don't know how to tell if a car is worth buying or not; I can get a mechanic's inspection but this gets expensive if I have to do it for several cars; I'd rather find a trustworthy source to buy from rather than have to 'check' a dozen cars from Craigslist. Is there some kind of 'agent' I could hire who could do the legwork, knows what to look for and who to trust, who could find me the car and say "here, buy this one"?