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I'd like to convert a car to cash with minimal hassle.

I have a car I don't use that much, and a looming home repair that needs some money thrown at it. I'd like to convert the car to cash to be thrown at the home repair. But, in the face of the home repair vortex, I'd like to avoid getting bogged down in car-sale hassles. Is it a giant hassle to sell the car privately, or am I best off selling straight to a dealership? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jul 14, 2014 - 10 answers

What are some guidelines for haggling at a used car dealership?

Tomorrow I begin my very first tour of local used car dealerships, ISO a reasonably-priced Suburu wagon. I've bought and sold several vehicles via Craigslist, and done my share of haggling and getting haggled (haggled at? behaggled?), but only with individuals, not corporations. Do the same rules of etiquette apply? [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jul 13, 2014 - 25 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

How do you buy a used car?

How have you successfully bought a used car from a private owner? The last time I bought a used car was 14 years ago. Not sure how it's done anymore. [more inside]
posted by blueyellow on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

What do we need to know before buying our first used car?

My gal and are buying a used Jeep Cherokee. We live in Brooklyn and want to put our minds at ease that this is a decent buy for what we're looking for. Plenty of details within; the short version is: what do we ask the mechanic to check before we commit to buying, and what are the next steps with insurance, DMV, etc.? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Final pre-purchase car questions!

Continuing my car questions (1, 2, 3). We’re buying a gently used Forester. Two questions I need to resolve before picking up the car: should I finance any part of the purchase (can pay all cash), and should I pay to extend the bumper-to-bumper warranty to seven years? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Any tips for getting a used Outback in Massachusetts?

Our mechanic has fixed our car from last week's question, but now I think we'll probably just get another used car. The Boston winters have convinced us we'd like something with good handling in ice and snow. We're not really SUV people. Because of their reputation for reliability (and ubiquity in the region), we're leaning towards a used Outback. Do you have any recommendations or tips 1) about buying a used car in MA generally, and 2) about buying a used Outback in particular? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 12, 2014 - 12 answers

What is the best used car for the money?

I am buying my first car. I am thrifty so I'd like it to be used because I think I will find the best deal there; I just don't like the idea of spending all of that money for a rapidly depreciating asset and I'd rather buy it after it has already depreciated some. I am looking for one of two types of cars, either: 1) A sporty, but economical car (think Honda S2000, Mazda Miata) 2) A long lasting electric/hybrid (ie Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Corolla, etc) Please let me know what your suggestions are, along with any caveats to buying a used car. I do not know much about cars. Should I bring a friend who does or hire a mechanic to inspect my car before purchase? Also, where is the best place to find a good deal? Thank you all.
posted by locussst on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

That Used Car Smell

What do car dealerships typically do to used cars before offering them for sale? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Suddenly a 30 year-old Mercedes looks incredibly attractive to me

After riding in a friend's 30 year-old diesel Mercedes today, I want to get off the hamster wheel of monthly car payments and save that cash by trading down for a much older car. We two adults share one car between us and it will stay that way. When not being used for trips, this will be a daily driver racking up fewer than 30 miles in a week. Which car should we aim for? [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Nov 6, 2013 - 31 answers

Some questions on purchasing a used car

I am in the new (used) car market for the first time ever. I've found some very helpful advice in past Asks but have some specific questions about the process. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Bargaining chips for buying newish used car

Is purchasing a used car outright with cash a bargaining chip for negotiations? What add-ons should I turn down from the dealership? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jun 27, 2013 - 17 answers

VW - Y/N?

Is buying a used VW (or Audi) really that bad of an idea? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on May 24, 2013 - 31 answers

How do I get rid of a used car in Toronto, Ontario?

I am contemplating getting rid of my car, as it is expensive to insure and there is car sharing available in my building, and I mostly use public transit these days anyway. But I don't really know how to actually do that. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Mar 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Sell, Donate, or Junk My Car?

I've got a '98 Subaru Legacy Outback with 138k miles that I need to get rid of. It runs, but would need a fair amount of work done to continue running for long. It is safe to drive, but I wouldn't want to take it on a long trip. Trying to determine the best option: Selling, donating, or junking. In Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Feb 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Will Carmax save my sanity or make it worse?

I'm approaching the dreaded moment that I need to buy a new (used) car. I hate the idea of negotiating with a salesperson. I love the idea of no-haggle. But I also hate the idea of getting a lemon. I've read loads of reviews of Carmax online, but they're so mixed, I don't know what to think. Can you offer insight? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 23, 2013 - 19 answers

A smaller car with great gas mileage?

It's time for me to get a new car. I'm leaning towards a smaller car. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2013 - 55 answers

Small budget, big car?

How should I go about buying a car with a $2500-3000 budget? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Dec 22, 2012 - 19 answers

SilentCar Is Silent.

Used car came with a stereo, but no head unit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 10, 2012 - 19 answers

The men in our lives are split between "do it" and "dont't do it"... what would MeFi do?

My friend found a used car she wants to buy. Could you tell us whether this is a scam? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Sep 29, 2012 - 23 answers

How much do I have to pay to get a car I actually want to own?

As a rule, what is the lowest price point at which I should buy a used car? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer on Sep 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Does the internet contain a trustworthy loan interest rate aggregator/advisor?

How do I find out what constitutes a "good" car loan for a given set of circumstances? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Sep 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Baby, you can drive my car, but I have to find one first.

How do I buy a car? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 27, 2012 - 29 answers

Cash only? Or is a check just fine?

Buying a used car. How do I handle the money aspect of it? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jul 13, 2012 - 12 answers

buy here / pay here - but not too much, hopefully?

I need a reliable car that I can count on. I'm a person with pretty bad credit, but I have a steady income in a job I've had for a while. What are my options? I'm thinking hard about checking out a used car lot; what should I look for, loan- and car-wise? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 27, 2012 - 28 answers

How should I go about selling my car?

How should I go about selling my car? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Apr 16, 2012 - 10 answers

How to get the most bang for my used-car buck?

What should I look for/value in a used car when shopping on a tight budget? [more inside]
posted by gavagai on Mar 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Buying a user car.

I have not bought a used car before by myself. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Mar 15, 2012 - 20 answers

When to trade in my car for a new one?

Help me determine the optimal time to trade in my car for a new one. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Jan 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How to get a used cargo van cheap?

Straightforward question: How do I go about getting the best deal on a used Ford Econoline cargo van? [more inside]
posted by lore on Dec 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Get me and my stuff from Point A to Point B (possibly via Point C?)

Transitioning from car-free East Coast existence to Southern California sprawl. What's the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 28, 2011 - 17 answers

What's the best solution to this car drama that may involve a tampered odometer?

I have a friend that is having some trouble with a car he purchased and he's trying to figure out what could be the best outcome in this situation. Basically, it looks like his odometer may have been tampered with and has been making far more repairs to this car than seems reasonable. He contacted the AG and they're willing to take the case but he's not sure if that's best. I don't have all of the finer details, but the gist of it is inside. He said there were other smaller repairs, but these are the main ones. Also, I'm trying to keep it a little vague just for anonymity's sake, but I can provide details if necessary. [more inside]
posted by lurking_girl on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

To Buy or Not To Buy

When does it make financial sense to replace a car? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 22, 2011 - 17 answers

Going from a no car household to a two car household. What's the most cost-efficient way?

Going from a no car household to a two car household. What's the most cost-efficient way? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on May 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Help me clean my car!

What products and methods should I use to go about cleaning the interior of a car? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 26, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I figure out the value of a used car?

Seeking recommendations for resource(s) to determine the value of a used car not sold in the U.S. -- and thus not listed by Kelly Blue Book. [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 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

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla?

Would you buy this used Toyota Corolla? I've got a line on a 1997 Corolla with 150k on the engine, but the transmission was replaced five years ago (after dying at 125k) with a used transmission from JapanDirect. That transmission now has ~75k on it, in addition to whatever it had before it was installed. I'm having my mechanic look at the car this week, but have no idea if any of this is a warning sign. Is JapanDirect reliable, in your experience? Would you buy a used car with a replacement transmission?
posted by mediareport on Jan 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Suddenly outgrew our brand new car. What to do?

We need to sell our almost brand-new car. How can we do it without losing too much money? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jan 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Car dealers in West Philly

Where do folks in Philadelphia buy used cars? - We need a used car, sensible Japanese economy style. Is there anywhere accessible from West Philly where there are those streets with multiple car dealers on them? The online reviews for some of the small local dealers here are ... scary. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter on Nov 24, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I buy a used car in the UK without getting ripped off?

What's the best way of buying a used car in the UK without getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Oct 25, 2010 - 3 answers

It's not a Nigerian money order, but......

I'm trying to sell my car: is this potential buyer trying to scam me by paying with a "credit card check?" [more inside]
posted by otolith on Aug 23, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I appropriately haggle for a used car?

I've been looking for a specific, older car model and found one on Craigslist in beautiful condition. It's in Philadelphia, I'm in New York. I'm going this week to look at it / buy it. I think the guy is asking too much for it. Some people I've asked say don't discuss price until you show up, but I'm not sure if that's right. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Help us buy our first car!

Please help us buy our first car in the U.S. - Difficulties: We don't like sedans or very small "city cars", and we'll have to sell the car again in 2 years. [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Jun 14, 2010 - 25 answers

How to go about buying a used car in Sydney?

I need help in figuring out how to go about buying a used car in Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur on May 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Cash for My Crapster

Selling my car to FastCash4MyCar.com. Since my car isn't drivable, they will bring a tow truck and hand me cash. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on May 12, 2010 - 9 answers

unusual CA plates

I'm considering buying a used car on ebay today. It has unusual california plates... What are they?
posted by mrunderhill on Feb 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me help my parents help me buy a car in Ohio

What's the best way for my parents to buy a car on my behalf (in Ohio)? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Feb 4, 2010 - 7 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

Best recovery from a bad car deal?

Just over two weeks ago a young friend bought used car from a dealer who's 80 miles away. The car came with serious engine problems. The dealer says they'll take it back for a refund but won't return the full price she paid. They say they'll keep their costs, but won't even discuss on the phone the amount they'll return. How best can she get all her money back? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Oct 15, 2009 - 9 answers

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