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ISO Canadian vehicle reliability study

A year or so ago, we found a pdf online somewhere that we'd like to find again. Here are the bits of info we can remember: [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Best methods for gauging the reliability of used cars

So I'm in the market for purchasing my first ever (used) car. I'm definitely a planner, but I'm having a bit of difficulty gauging how reliable a used car will be. There are tons of resources whenever I just google the car model + year, but I have no idea how reliable these reviews are or whether they're statistically significant. Want to get a bit more info besides my friend's first-hand accounts of their car problems, but I'm having trouble with this. Any recommendations for websites or tools to help me parse this data? For what it's worth, I'm looking for a small, manual car under ~$9000 in the PNW.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 29, 2014 - 24 answers

What's the car buying process in DC?

About to buy a car in DC, but how? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess on Apr 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Used car price weirdly low -- what to look/ask for?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I've found one that looks great (on paper). I have not seen it in person yet. It's being sold by a new/used car dealership that seems to have positive reviews (or at least, no negative reviews that I can find). The only thing is, the asking price appears to be too low, based on what I'm finding online, by something like $2,000-3,000. Carfax report comes up clean except for a fender bender, and the mileage is kind of high (190k for a 2005 car). I plan to check it out in person and ask questions about it, but (1) what should I be looking for -- especially non-obvious things? and (2) what are some good questions to ask about it? Also: if the car is in decent condition, should I try to haggle, or just take the car at the listed price?
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Oct 28, 2013 - 27 answers

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 - 25 answers

Should I buy a 1989 Volvo Station Wagon for $1800 CAD?

[Used Car Filter] My neighbour is selling his 1989 Volvo 240 DL Wagon for $1800 CAD. I currently own a 2009 Chevy Cobalt. We only want one car. Should I shed the Coby for the Volvy? [more inside]
posted by Catchfire on May 21, 2013 - 36 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

How do you know the point at which your car becomes a money pit?

At what point with my current used car (2001 Honda Accord) is it financially smarter to try to sell it and find a new used car than to keep putting money into repairs? How do previous and future repairs, age, mileage, brand, location, and the current economy affect this decision? Somewhat detailed history of the car inside. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Aug 27, 2012 - 27 answers

What do you think is a fair asking price?

How can I price a used car that *might* need to have the transmission replaced or rebuilt soon? Looking for tips, guidelines, experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by imagineerit on Apr 6, 2012 - 11 answers

It's Okay, Vibey... Just Show Me Where the Bad Man Hurt You...

I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I make my manual automatic?

I would like to swap my manual transmission car for an automatic transmission car. Is this even possible? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker on Sep 21, 2011 - 17 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

I have to pay sales taxes on how much?

Is there a way to pay sales taxes only on the $$ amount paid for a used vehicle in Texas? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 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

aircare confusion

I live in Vancouver and may be buying a used car on Bowen Island. How do I go about insuring it with air care? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Jul 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Subaru or Volvo?

Should we buy a Subaru or a Volvo? Outback or Forester / V50 or V70? Requirements: AWD, durability/dependability, fuel efficiency, safety, cargo space in that order. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 16, 2011 - 21 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

How to not get screwed by the dealer

selling car to dealership question [more inside]
posted by mbird on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

"Repairable" Cars, How Do They Work?

While looking at used Priuses on Craigslist (Minneapolis), I discovered a dealer in Faribault, MN that sells "repairable" cars. I started wondering where the money was in "repairable" cars and whether it was a scam or not. [more inside]
posted by radioaction on Sep 1, 2010 - 12 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

Volvo

Anyone own or have owned a 2008 Volvo C30 or any other model year? I'm curious about pricing discrepancies I'm seeing for the 2008 model as opposed to the 2009. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on May 2, 2010 - 2 answers

How to have a mechanic check out a used car?

What is the most common protocol for having an independent mechanic check out a used car before buying? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben on Nov 9, 2009 - 10 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

Auto Illiterate Seeks Cheap Used Car

I'm in the market for a used car and I'd like one that won't disintegrate on me before I'm done paying for it. I have a total budget of $6k and want to buy from a dealer. What should I be looking for in terms of models, makes, and mileage? My top priorities are price, reliability, and MPG (in that order.) Assume I know nothing about cars. Because I don't.
posted by richrad on Jun 23, 2009 - 23 answers

Please buy my car, but do it rationally, for pete's sake.

I've sold three used cars and one motorcycle. At least three times I've had people call me and offer to pay me X dollars (a reasonable, though lowish, sum) sight unseen! They don't even want to hear it run! What's going on here? Are they just nutjobs? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Apr 24, 2009 - 14 answers

It's my first time at a used car dealership.

Urgently need advice on used car shopping. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes on Dec 8, 2008 - 17 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

Getting an auto dealer license just to access dealer only auctions- worth it?

Are there significant savings at dealer-only options for used cars? Enough to make the effort and cost of getting a dealer licence worth it? [more inside]
posted by upc_head on Jan 17, 2008 - 10 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

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