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January 5, 2012 6:44 PM Subscribe
Which used Volvo wagon should I buy?
posted by TheCavorter to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am considering purchasing one of two used Volvo wagon XC70s. The first is a 2003 with ~85,000 miles on it and the other is a 2005 with ~75,000 miles on it. Both are in very good condition, neither has been in an accident, and both have had two previous owners. According to Kelly Blue Book the 2003 is worth about $12,500 and the 2005 is valued at ~$15,500. The dealer has them priced at $13,900 and $16,900 respectively, but is willing to come down on the price. My plan is to drive whichever car I buy indefinitely.
Which car is the better value? Is it worth spending $3,000 extra to get a Volvo that is two years newer with ~10,000 fewer miles on it? What is the best way of negotiating the lowest price from the dealer? My current thought is to offer $14,500 for the 2005 wagon or $10,500 for the 2003. Is this reasonable? Should I start of with a lower or higher offer?