Convert to another car?
February 28, 2013 8:24 AM Subscribe
Should I buy this car, or find another one?
posted by anastasiav to shopping (18 answers total)
After a long, long, LONG search to find a car that a) I liked that was b) in my price range, last night (in a terrible snowstorm) I test drove a 2007 Kia Rio5 SX that has a bit over 78K miles on it. While I was test driving it, the check engine light came on. Before I left, we made a tentative agreement that I would purchase the car for $6700 (including the value of my trade) pending the resolution of the check engine light issue. I left a $100 deposit.
Today the sales rep called me to say that the reason for the check engine light was the catalytic converter (which is covered under waranty) and that they will resolve this issue for me. My husband seems to think that because this is an inexpensive car they will try to resolve this as cheaply as possible (ie: do a temporary/lousy fix), and that the CC failing in this "young" a car could be indicative of other, bigger engine issues. I tend to think that because the CC is covered under the 8/80k "federal" waranty they will just fix it correctly and get reimbursed by Kia. (This is a big, reputable dealership, not a small shop.)
What is your opinion. Should I buy this car, or wait (maybe quite a while) for something else that fits my needs and my price range comes on the market?