Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie
in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized
on Aug 10, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
Best place to find a cheap used 35mm camera in Minneapolis?
posted by localhuman
on Jun 18, 2011 -
Got some used cars and I need to sell them, but I am not a used dealer nor do I want to be. Need some buyers. How can I find them? [more inside]
posted by avrobie
on Jun 9, 2011 -
What is the equivalent to Craigslist in Japan, perhaps the Osaka area specifically? [more inside]
posted by krilli
on May 27, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
What is reasonable to expect from a used laptop? And from the eBay seller of a used laptop? [more inside]
posted by ferkit
on Jan 15, 2011 -
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 -
Can someone with minimal knowledge of downhill ski technology purchase appropriate skis at a ski swap/used ski sale? [more inside]
posted by genmonster
on Nov 24, 2010 -
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 -
Hey folks. Long time reader, first time 'asker.'
Help me find a cheap, used computer parts store in San Francisco - I'm particularly looking for Dell laptop parts.
Just inherited a Dell D810 Latitude laptop - needs some love - almost free love, that's my budget... Any chance in getting a line on a used dell charger (type pa-10) or a used battery for a Latitiude d810 (type Y4367)? Anyone know of a recycle-ry that I can hit up for cheap? I've scouted ebay, put a call out on freecycle (Marin, SF), and scoured craigslist. Suggests?
posted by firestorm888
on Oct 26, 2010 -
Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit
on Sep 16, 2010 -
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 -
I've been using Amazon to sell used books but USPS shipping costs cause my net earnings to be nearly nil. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo
on Aug 30, 2010 -
What's a good, inexpensive (>$200) digital keyboard/synthesizer for a low-intermediate level player? Used preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline
on Aug 21, 2010 -
DCFilter: I'm in DC, trying to buy a bike from someone on Craigslist. He's in VA. What's a good Metro station to meet at so I can test-ride the bike?
While we're at it -- what are some things to be wary of when buying a used bike?
posted by Inigo Jones
on Aug 14, 2010 -
How do you find, examine, and buy repossessed cars in Austin, TX? Other suggestions for low-priced car buying also welcome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin
on Jul 29, 2010 -
What is the easiest -- and least expensive -- way for me to activate my new-to-me iPhone 3G considering I already have an AT&T account but do NOT have a data plan? [more inside]
posted by terrapin
on Jul 11, 2010 -
I'm looking for a 47-52" LCD TV to buy - but I want to buy USED - 2years old, for say, ca. $500ish. Recommendations of models and places to buy them please….. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Jul 1, 2010 -
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 -