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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

Purchase used iPhone on Amazon?

My iPhone was stolen and I need to purchase a new one. I am considering saving myself the hassle of a craigslist interaction by purchasing a used one through an Amazon retailer. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend it? Anything I should look for specifically besides carrier compatibility etc.?
posted by Packy_1962 on Dec 23, 2013 - 8 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

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

Good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400?

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: Can I find a good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Aug 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Zoom zoom

Can you play devil's advocate and talk me out of this Mazdaspeed? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Jul 13, 2012 - 25 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

Give me tips to shop for used pots and pans.

Give me tips to shop for used pots and pans. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 25, 2012 - 21 answers

I need to put something on my feet.

Ethical everyman shoes? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 7, 2012 - 34 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

Getting to first bass.

I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 21, 2011 - 4 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

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

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?

Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?
posted by localhuman on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Japanese Craigslist?

What is the equivalent to Craigslist in Japan, perhaps the Osaka area specifically? [more inside]
posted by krilli on May 27, 2011 - 9 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

Am I off base on this car?

Am I being unreasonable on this used car price? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 13, 2011 - 19 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

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

Book Mark

How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Nov 23, 2010 - 70 answers

How to sell a mattress/box springs set used only two nights?

My husband bought a new Tempur-pedic mattress/box springs set hoping to ease some back pain he's been experiencing. After only two nights, he concluded that the mattress is too soft for him to sleep comfortably, and that it only worsened his back pain. I put the set on Craigslist for about 1/5 less than we paid, but we---predictably, maybe---had no takers. It is, of course, too big for selling/shipping on e-bay. I think most people hesitate about buying used mattresses, however light the use. We could just donate the set to a thrift store, but I'd rather try to recoup some of the nearly $700 that he paid. Has anyone had a successful experience selling a mattress? If so, how did you do it? Many thanks in advance.
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 12, 2010 - 33 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

I don't know why I can't make this decision myself.

Special snowflake "Should I buy this used macbook pro?" question. [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Sep 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Which used bass?

Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me give away my iTouch.

I got the new iTouch. My wife wants the old one. How do I make this work? [more inside]
posted by circular on Sep 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for vintage store

I am looking for the best vintage/used-clothing store in the San Francisco Bay Area to SELL used clothes to. [more inside]
posted by serunding on Sep 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Minivans: is the Dodge Caravan really that bad?

Which used minivan should we get? A very low mileage, early 2000s era Dodge Caravan, or a late 90s, high mileage Toyota Sienna/Honda Odyssey? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet on Jun 26, 2010 - 14 answers

How to safely sell a used iPhone?

How should I safely sell my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Jun 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Japanese auto parts into America?

Is it possible for a US American to buy a part from a Japanese junk yard? How? [more inside]
posted by Marky on May 15, 2010 - 4 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

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

How much should I sell my display cabinet for?

My display cabinet cost me $1000 in 2003. It's mostly in very good condition, but has some scratches on the solid pine bottom shelf. Similar (less well made) models are selling new for $1500 today. What price should I advertise it for? What should be the lowest price that I accept for it? [more inside]
posted by Oceanesque on Feb 5, 2010 - 7 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

My Kingdom for an I-Phone

What are used I-Phones going for? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Oct 9, 2009 - 8 answers

I wanna make you mine

I have a hand-me-down iphone, which I'm using (for now) mostly as a music player. However, because I'm not the original user, I can't alter the music library, and I'm getting real tired of my mom's Dan Fogelberg and Gordon Lightfoot albums. How do I make the phone and my itunes realize that I am its owner?
posted by Jon_Evil on Aug 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Out of state used car headache

I'm looking into buying a used car, and found a pretty good looking one from a colleague in New Jersey. I live in Brooklyn. How the heck does this work? Parking and title questions follow... [more inside]
posted by zvs on Aug 12, 2009 - 3 answers

I can has buy used phone?

Where can one get a used/cheap cell phone? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Aug 6, 2009 - 12 answers

This is a good time to buy a car--no?

I am going to buy a used car for my teen. I have the cash. The economy is in shambles. Cars are not exactly selling like hotcakes now. Shouldn't I be able to go to a car dealership and get a helluva deal now? What am I missing here?
posted by sandra194 on Oct 7, 2008 - 24 answers

How far to go to fix a car?

I need to fix up my brother's POS car to sell it. How much effort should I go to? My brother is moving out of state, and since my parents are also no longer in the area, it has fallen on me to sell the car and send the money on to my Dad. (My parents actually paid for the car.) [more inside]
posted by voidcontext on May 5, 2006 - 21 answers

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