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Thinking Long-Term About My Vehicle

I have a good, reliable car that costs (in my opinion) too much money. I am not currently making the payments on this car, but I will start doing so soon. I am thinking of selling the car and getting a cheap one - but my mother (who is currently making the payments) adamantly believes that this would be a terrible financial decision. I can't see how she could be right. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Sep 26, 2014 - 24 answers

Steps for purchasing a used car?

If all goes well, I'll have the pre-purchase inspection on this used car tomorrow, and see if I can close a deal to buy it. Then what? I need help with the order of all the paperwork and steps. Complication: I'm in MA, the owner is in CA, and the car is registered and located with the seller's relative in NH. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I buy a car with 170,000 miles on it?

Good maintenance/car history/reliability/price versus everything else [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Run away from a used car that's barely been driven in years?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I know that it's bad news when a car isn't driven regularly. I've found one that's otherwise good for me. I don't know how little driving is too little, whether the kinds of problems that result could be checked by a mechanic's pre-purchase inspection, and whether my own tough driving patterns make any difference. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Buying a used European car for $5k or less after a car-less decade: y/n?

Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 12, 2014 - 38 answers

Please help me buy my first car! Snowflakey details inside.

I am, unfortunately, in the market for a (used) car. I know nothing about cars. I need a car for upcoming PhD research travel to inaccessible places, but, being a PhD student, have very little money. I need help figuring out: a cheap but reliable car model, a price bracket to spend that will have me driving something that won't literally fall apart on the road, what my deal-breakers should be, and a game plan on where and how to actually purchase a used car. Help? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Jun 9, 2014 - 29 answers

How to get the best rate on a used car loan?

Looking for more options than just dealership financing [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

No time to breathe, let alone check Blue Book value

According to my trusted mechanic, the transmission on my aged buggy is shot (I haven't had 3rd gear for a while, and now the car has begun to have trouble getting into 2nd and 4th) and the car is not worth the cost of fixing it. Fair enough--except that I literally don't have time to buy another (used) one right now. Things will calm down slightly in the second week of May, but not until then. And while I'm aware of other options (the bus, taxi/car services), I don't have the time and money to rely exclusively on those until my schedule eases up. Nor can I afford to rent a car until then. So I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a short-term option that I might be overlooking, up to and including a Magic Car Fairy. Alternatively, if anyone has experience driving a car with this kind of issue and can tell me how safe (or un-) it is, I'd appreciate that input.
posted by chicainthecity on Apr 15, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I choose an inspector for a used car I'd like to buy?

I'm looking to buy a car in southwest michigan. I trust "my" mechanic in my town, but there's few cars here. Other towns, eg Grand Rapids and Lansing, have great cars, but I don't know any mechanics in those towns. By what logical process should I choose a mechanic to take potential cars to? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Feb 18, 2014 - 10 answers

First car, newbie buyer. Help me make sure I don't get a bad deal!

So I just started a new job and need a car soon. I've never bought one before, and while I've had advice from friends I want to widen my information sources a bit. Complications, budget and other sundry details after the break... [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Dec 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius

We are considering buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius. Please tell us what to look out for. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Cheap, reliable used car or truck with a little character?

I haven't owned a car since 2010, but now it seems like going back to a two-car household might be a good idea. My wife drives a 2004 Volvo S40 daily to work. She often gets home very late on weekdays, and usually takes it to meet her cycling group for the better part of a day on Saturday or Sunday, and I have started to feel like I'm too reliant on her schedule or my friends to get to weekend activities, or to duck out to get another few bags of mulch or can of paint, etc. [more inside]
posted by Kwine on May 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Negotiating a used car directly with owner

My fiance and I are buying our first used car together and we're looking for advice on negotiating a price. We've found a car we like that's being sold directly through the owner. Most posts we've found discuss negotiating with a dealer though. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Apr 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Can/should I negotiate for a used car before it is "ready"?

Looking for advice on buying a used vehicle in limited supply. More inside. [more inside]
posted by ngn01 on Mar 11, 2013 - 7 answers

a car for a pie - sounds fair, right?

Non-monetary thank you gift in exchange for a free used car? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car?

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car? I am trying to figure out if I should fix up some cosmetic damage before selling my 2005 Honda Civic EX, as well as looking for general advice on selling on the private market. [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Nov 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Most Reliable & Best MPG used Car

UsedCarFilter: My budget is $8500...What is the most reliable and best MPG used car can i get? 90 percent of my driving will be Highway. Reliable and high mpg are a must. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Aug 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Is the dealership scamming me?

Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Jul 14, 2012 - 20 answers

adventures in used car selling

Selling a car on craigslist -- are there any drawbacks to including the VIN in the ad?
posted by wutangclan on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

What kind of vehicle do we need?

I don't know enough about cars. Should we trade in the Subaru for a pick-up truck? If so, how do we pick a truck? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on Apr 26, 2012 - 20 answers

adventures in used car buying, part 2

Interested in BMW 3-series station wagon. Torn between new ($46,000) vs used ($26,000, 2006, 90,000 km). Which is better value in the long term? I intend to drive it for 10+ years, if not into the ground. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Jan 10, 2012 - 19 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Adventures in used car buying

Carfax -- how accurate are their reports? An accident for my own car isnt't showing up. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Jan 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Audi TT versus Volvo C30

We're choosing between a used Audi TT coupe and a used Volvo C30 hatchback - anything we should consider? Do you own either of these cars? Hate them or love anything in particular about them? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Beyond Consumer Reports

I'm going to be buying a used car soon, for around $3000. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn't have a reliability chart for beaters. [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

I have "SUCKER" written on my forehead.

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? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Have I gotta deal for you

Used car advice. Looking for real world feedback on a couple of models I am considering. And for other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection?

When is it okay to buy a used car without a mechanical inspection? [more inside]
posted by registered on Jul 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Corners on a dime?????

I am interested in purchasing a gently used cross over vehicle for myself. I plan on paying cash and want to spend 10,000.00 or less. I prefer Honda or Toyota but am open to reliable well made vehicles. [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on May 5, 2011 - 18 answers

♫ If it's the last thing I ever do ♫

How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

And then I send them the money. Wait, what?

I'm selling my car. I'm pretty sure that this offer to buy is a scam, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Mar 15, 2011 - 14 answers

I want to buy a really boring car.

I have about $9k to spend. What car should I buy? And where should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Feb 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Common-sense precautions for a woman to take selling a high-end car privately?

Common-sense precautions for a woman to take selling a high-end car privately? [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Jan 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I buy a warranty for a used car?

If I buy a used car at a private sale, are there mechanics that sell warranties for this car? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Dec 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Negotiating tips to help buy a used Toyota Camry?

Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 26, 2010 - 7 answers

When is it time to get another car? Fix or trade in?

Time for a new car? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Dec 14, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me help my girlfriend purchase the right car for her.

Help me help my girlfriend purchase the right car for her. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Oct 28, 2010 - 20 answers

Buy New Practical Car or Invest in Used Luxury Car?

Buy a new car or an older used luxury (BMW, Mercedes) car? [more inside]
posted by pxharder on Sep 20, 2010 - 26 answers

Should I buy a used van, and if so, how?

Need advice about buying a used van for a long trip - or maybe I should rent? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 23, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I go about buying a used cargo van without burning my money?

What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Used car tips?

I'm thinking of buying a used car. Assuming that I know nothing about cars, what should I watch out for so I don't end up with a lemon?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Apr 25, 2010 - 26 answers

Is $10,500 reasonable for a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

Is $10,500 reasonable for a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI? It's in very good condition and has 135,000 km. He'd be selling it certified and e-tested. The seller is asking $10,500. I countered with $9,500, and he came back with $10,000 not certified. How much does certification usually cost? Would I be wise just to go with what he's asking so everything's done?
posted by Joseppi on Apr 15, 2010 - 20 answers

Cars confuse me

Should I get my 1998 Toyota truck up and running or buy a used car? [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Apr 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Buying a Used RV: How do I Properly Transfer Funds?

I'm buying a used RV for $32,000.00. Help me figure out how to best transfer the funds to the seller, within the limitations below, in a way that is easy and trustable to the seller. [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 on Apr 5, 2010 - 6 answers

help us haggle with a dealership!

shopping for used BMW's for my girlfriend and found one we are interested in. need tips for the haggling process. [more inside]
posted by austere on Jan 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Buying an used car in Ontario

What's the process to buying an used car in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by tksh on Nov 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Auto-broker, good or bad idea?

Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Oct 31, 2009 - 3 answers

What should my counter offer for a used car be?

I'm in the middle of negotiating with a dealer for a used car. I need to know what a good counter offer would be and how many offers I should be expected to make. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Car buying virgin!

Buying a used car from a dealer - what questions should I ask, what should I ask about, and what deals should I insist on so I don't get cheated? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Sep 21, 2009 - 18 answers

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