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Reliable, Fuel-efficient, Low-cost

I am looking for a used car. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Aug 8, 2014 - 15 answers

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

Buying a used car in California, then moving to Minnesota

I'm planning to buy a used car in the Bay Area soon, then a month later use it to drive across the country to my new home. Do I need to consider anything special as far as taxes, licensing, insurance, etc? I haven't had a car for nearly a decade, so just buying one is daunting, let alone worrying about any additional financial or legal concerns. Is there anything I should know about?
posted by chriswarren on Apr 26, 2014 - 12 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

Separate from an independent inspection, what to do/look for in used car

Our car saga continues (1, 2). We took some test drives over the weekend, and it's likely we'll make some moves in the near future to buy an Outback or Forester. As a first time buyer of a used car, what should I ask/look for personally, separate from the inspection to be performed by my independent mechanic? And how much oxidization is too much oxidization under the hood, anyway? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Vehicle mileage vs age?

I am in the (unfortunate) position of needing to buy a Ford Econoline passenger van. I'm having trouble evaluating two options in particular: one, a 2001 vehicle with 90k miles on the engine (not the van's original engine), and two, a 2006 with 132k miles. [more inside]
posted by kbcostello on Mar 18, 2014 - 9 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

Care and feeding of a turbo car

We're shopping for a gently-used Subaru Outback, and just spent the weekend looking at the 4-5 options that met our criteria within a 50-mile radius. The one that seemed to be in the best shape (not too many miles, not too old, one previous owner, well-treated, etc.) happens to be the turbo model. I've never owned a turbo car before; what are the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Mar 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Is a 2001 VW Turbodiesel a Bad Idea?

I might have a chance to buy one from a friend. It only has 120k on it, one owner, who has put a lot of work into and has a good maintenance history (and a reliable local mechanic who has done a lot of the work that she recommends). I need a car mostly for commuting, don't want to spend a lot of money, and in a few years, could afford to sell it and get something new. (Also: I have always loved Beetles, but I'm trying not to let that sway me). [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Mar 4, 2014 - 17 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

advice on purchasing an old beater pickup truck

How is purchasing an old pickup truck different than purchasing a late-model used car? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Jeep or pickup truck or...?

We need to replace our Subaru, and my wife and I both want to have something rough and tumble and fun to bounce down the road in. Help us find the right car, please! [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Aug 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Dodge Dakota experiences?

We're looking at buying a used Dodge Dakota, probably early 2000s, V6. Does anyone have any information on them? [more inside]
posted by boilermonster on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 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

What should I tell the customs agent about the $$ value of my car?

We will be importing a 2004 Honda Accord into Canada this weekend, I hope. We must pay taxes (16% of value of the car!) when we bring it in. It is up to us to put a value on the the car and hope the customs agent accepts our assessment. If they don't accept it, they will put their own value on the car and we must accept that and pay taxes accordingly. Two questions: how would you assess the value? And how would you try to pay the least amount possible? [more inside]
posted by picklebird on Jun 19, 2013 - 21 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

Tried a "Car Concierge" to buy a used car. Didn't go well. Now what?

I need to buy a used car. I hate the process, am afraid of dealerships, and am easily talked into things — so I hired a "car concierge" buying service to do this for me. But it didn't work out like I thought and I felt pressured to spend more than I wanted. Should I give up? If so, how do I deal with buying a used car, when it completely freaks me out? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 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

How far is too far for a used car test drive?

I need to take the plunge and buy a new, used car and have never done the test drive before. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jan 16, 2013 - 13 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

What should I look at on a 1996 F-250 turbo diesel before I buy it?

I'm in the market for a used cheap pickup truck and looking at a high mileage 1996 F-250 tomorrow. As a decent shade tree mechanic and having access to the googles, I'm building a list of things to look at. What should I add? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 11, 2012 - 6 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

Buying a used car by proxy

We need to buy a used car in Phoenix, Arizona. We know roughly what we want, but we don't have time to shop for it, and we're currently in another state anyway. Can we hire some kind of agent in the Phoenix area to car-shop for us? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Jul 15, 2012 - 4 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

Should I be haggling or running away?

Should I buy a Subaru Impreza with a rebuilt title in Michigan? I'm looking at two Impreza hatchbacks, both 2006 models. One of them has about 60,000 miles, and according to the seller he has only replaced the hood and the front bumper. The other has about 50,000 miles, and the seller claims he has just replaced the rear quarter panel and the hatchback door. He's asking $7,900 for either one. Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker on Jun 26, 2012 - 18 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

Should I buy an awesome car with accident history?

This car is totally pimped out, has really low mileage, and a really low sticker price. It's also been in a severe accident. Should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Mar 15, 2012 - 36 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

Used car suggestions, which should I choose?

UsedCarFilter: Shopping for a small inexpensive hatchback, <$10k. Have a few models in mind, but looking for more info [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 9, 2012 - 14 answers

How do you know if a used car dealership is trustworthy?

Should I even bother looking for a car at a dealership? If so, how can I tell which dealerships will try to rip me off? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Feb 25, 2012 - 19 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

Oh Please, more fees?

California Used Car DMV Fees: dealer was supposed to pay dmv fees on my new (used)car but they lowballed the estimated fees on my receipt...now I get a letter from them asking for the difference. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

No previously riced out cars please. I'm not going to buy your lowered Honda with "after market" exhaust

Best cheap used car to buy in Southern California for under 3500? [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Jan 19, 2012 - 8 answers

sure, run it into the ground

Which used Volvo wagon should I buy? [more inside]
posted by TheCavorter on Jan 5, 2012 - 16 answers

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