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I don't know how to buy a used car, but I need to buy one soon.

The family's cars all got busted around the same time. They need to be replaced. I, individually, need to buy a used car. This will be the first car I buy on my own account. I have a tight budget, and I can't afford a mistake. I don't want to buy a money sink, but I don't want to sink all my money up front, either. I don't know cars at all: How can I find a good deal? What should I avoid? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Sep 12, 2013 - 22 answers

 

Convert to another car?

Should I buy this car, or find another one? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Feb 28, 2013 - 18 answers

2002 Audi TT with high miles: worth considering?

Used car question: Is a 2002 Audi TT 2 door Coupe Quattro 6-Speed ALMS Edition with 144,000 miles worth considering for purchase? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

What to check on a used turbocharged engine?

What should I look for in a used car with a turbocharged engine? Saab 9-5 2.3T. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Don't let that used car dealer stick it to us.

Help me be aggressively prepared to deal with the end of our car lease in November. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Momma, you should drive this car

CarFilter: Help me help my mom buy a new used car. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 14, 2011 - 8 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

To buy, or not to buy, a car--that is the question (containing within it multitudes)

Yet another "please help us buy a car" question with extra weirdness: buy now with generous parents' money (if so, what?) or wait until we can afford a hybrid? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 28, 2011 - 26 answers

Need a cheap used Japanese car in L.A.

Looking for a good cheap used Nissan, Toyota, or Honda in the Los Angeles area for around $3000. Any website suggestions for finding used cars? Or, what is a good dealer to go to?
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Question about pending used car purchase.

I'm currently waiting to purchase a 2002 VW Golf Diesel with 307k miles on it. It has only had one owner, has been professionally maintained, has all maintenance records, and has all highway miles. The owner is asking at least $4k for the car is it a good deal? [more inside]
posted by mtomanelli on Mar 9, 2011 - 28 answers

I give you the money, you give me a car. Please.

I have $3000 cash. You have a car. Help me make this transaction go smoothly. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Feb 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Which cars are similar to Saturns?

Cars similar to Saturns? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Nov 13, 2010 - 14 answers

I need a decent car for super cheap! Help!

What is the absolute best, most reliable car I can get for about $3000? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Aug 25, 2010 - 35 answers

What website has the most/best used car listings?

Lots of sites have listings of locally available used cars. Aside from Craigslist (which is spotty where I live), what site do you feel is most widely used and provides the best variety of listings, especially of cars being sold by a dealer (of any size)?
posted by anastasiav on Aug 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California?

Buying and selling used cars for profit in California? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Jul 28, 2010 - 18 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

How do used car loans work?

I have some general questions about financing a used car [more inside]
posted by pete0r on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Turns out selling a car is a nightmare.

How do I ditch my old car without taking a bath? [more inside]
posted by zvs on May 22, 2010 - 18 answers

Is there a way to calculate the relative cost of buying an older used car vs a later-model one?

Is there a way to calculate the relative cost of buying an older used car vs a later-model one? Taking into account depreciation, maintenance costs, etc. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Oct 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Buying a used car

Help me buy a (used) car for the first time! [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 on Oct 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Buying Used Without No Clues

I'm generally freaking out about buying a car (used, my first) and have a short laundry list of very general questions. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Best small car.

Best second hand small car under AUD$20,000? Fuel efficient. Reliable. Low maintenance. 4 doors. No older than 4 years. Automatic. Suit young couple in Australia. [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Jul 20, 2009 - 20 answers

I've got the money what do I get?

How long do you think a ~$8000 car will last? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Jul 20, 2009 - 28 answers

Card trade in advice?

Newbie car trade in advice sought. Looking to swap my newish Honda Civic for an older minivan (yay!) of roughly equivalent value. Dealer trade in? Sell separately? [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Jul 20, 2009 - 9 answers

Kinder Fee Per Finder, Keeper

What's a fair finder's fee for someone who sent me a buyer for my used car? The mechanic who services our family's cars is a super nice guy, and does a terrific job as well. Recently we mentioned to him that we were selling one of our cars (a 1998 Camry, if it matters), and he mentioned it to a number of his other clients until he found someone who was interested in buying it. The deal went down today, and I'd love to toss a few bills his way to thank him for his help. What's an appropriate sum and/or percentage? I was thinking $300, which is about 5% of the sale price of the car. What do you guys think? Oh, and I'd also like to say that I'm REALLY proud of the title I came up with for this AskMe. Thankyouverymuch.
posted by AngerBoy on Jun 29, 2008 - 20 answers

Older Foreign or Newer Domestic?

I need help buying a used car, and I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jun 21, 2008 - 14 answers

A slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less

Buying a slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less, big enough for a growing family. [more inside]
posted by codger on May 9, 2008 - 32 answers

Looking for a reliable, high-mpg car that's NOT a Civic/Accord

I need to buy a low-mpg, reliable, manual transmission, four-door used car for under $3500. What models should I look at besides Civics and Accords? And do you know of any other major car classified websites besides Cars.com, Carmax, Autotrader, Edmunds, and Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 18, 2008 - 22 answers

I just found out the car (2006 model) I looked at the dealership's used to be a rental car. Help me understand/decide.

I just found out the car (2006 model) I looked at the dealership's used to be a rental car. Help me understand/decide. [more inside]
posted by icarus on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Need a Car, High MPG, low cost

What is the best low maintenance, high gas mileage, low cost car I can buy (new or used) on a limited budget. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Dec 12, 2007 - 23 answers

Okay I give up. Metafilter YOU buy my car for me.

New Car? Used Car? Status car? Reliable Car? Is it possible there is just ONE car to rule them all? It's time for me to buy SOMETHING to replace my beloved 1970 Dodge Swinger. The question is WHAT? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 3, 2007 - 44 answers

mileage vs. age in used cars

All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Fishy van?

Last spring I purchased a van through craigslist to use in a set for an independent movie. Now I want to sell it again. However, I suspect that the circumstances of the original sale make this impossible or illegal. [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Nov 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Buying out a lease on a car.

Buying a used car. Basically paying the buyout of a lease. Am I getting a good deal? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Jun 3, 2006 - 16 answers

Plaid Jacket Optional

Buying a used car in Vancouver, BC, dealers you'd recommend, or conversely, those to absolutely avoid? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on May 12, 2006 - 7 answers

Auto auction question.

Have you ever been to an auto auction? [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Sep 7, 2005 - 9 answers

A tale of two Saabs

I have been shopping for a used Saab. I have narrowed it down to two... [more inside]
posted by astruc on Jun 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Advice for buying a cheap used car in NYC?

I'm in NYC/Brooklyn, and we're looking to buy a cheap used car for the first time. Advice? [more inside]
posted by BT on Mar 25, 2005 - 11 answers

Used car recommendations?

What's the best car you've owned in terms of reliability, longevity and generally fun to drive? I'm in the market for a used car and I'm leaning towards a luxury sedan. I'm curious to learn what cars everyone loved.
posted by renyoj on Nov 4, 2004 - 25 answers

Is this Volvo a death trap?

So I gave up my car two years ago to become a committed pedestrian — which I've learned is no easy feat in this town (where the buses all but shut down after 6pm) — and now I'm getting a car to use around town where walking or biking won't cut it. Anyway... I need help: I've found a little 1985 Volvo 240GL with 450K km, and I have no idea how to figure out if it's a death trap... much less what kind of reputation the car has.

Suggestions?
posted by silusGROK on Aug 2, 2004 - 15 answers

Selling a Used Car

SellMyCarFilter: Okay, so I'm looking to sell my car. I've never done this before and I was courious if anyone would have some advice/experiences/etc. [yes, there will be more inside] [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Jul 13, 2004 - 13 answers

Buying a Commuting Car

My company recently moved to Silicon Valley, and since I live in San Fran and the commute via public transit is 1.5 hours (vs 30 mins in a car) I've decided to buy a car for the first time ever. But I am totally flummoxed by the range of possibilities. I know I want a used compact 4 door that gets good mileage. Seems like it would be good to get it from a dealer so I can get extended warranty. But I don't know where to go from here. Any advice for a first time car buyer would be greatly appreciated. My price range is flexible but would like to spend no more than 15k. Also, I would love to hear recommendations-- some people have told me to go for a Civic or a Corolla, are there other cars 'equivalent' to those? I am not a fixer-upper so reliability is key. I know older cars are cheaper but seems like they'd be more prone to mechanical trouble-- not sure how much of a trade off it is to go old vs new.
posted by jcruelty on Apr 12, 2004 - 33 answers

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