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by motherscratcher » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:12 pm
by FUDU » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:02 pm
by hebner20 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:21 pm
by CP » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:28 pm
Motherscratcher wrote:I'm possibly in the market for a new (to me) car. Leaning toward going used this time. I've never bought a used car before. A few questions:1. What's the best way to find a decent car used? I've been on cars.com and it seems like a pretty decent site to find a car.2. How much bargaining room do you generally have with the asking price?3. How close can I expect to get to the Kelly Blue Book trade in value on my current car?Anything else the can help would be appreciated.Thanks Mofos.
by motherscratcher » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:29 pm
by motherscratcher » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:34 pm
by FUDU » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:38 pm
Motherscratcher wrote:I was planning on buying from a dealer. I don't know enough about cars to be able to feel comfortable buying from an individual, and I don't want to bother with a mechanic looking at it.FUDU - will a dealer really let you have it for a few hours? Never heard of that, but it's a good idea.
by hebner20 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:41 pm
by FUDU » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:44 pm
by CP » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:56 pm
by motherscratcher » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:32 am
by waborat » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:31 am
Motherscratcher wrote:When you first start talking to someone and they inevitably ask "do you have a trade in?" what is the response?
by Fire Marshall Bill » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:50 am
have taken the car from the lot and to my mecahnic and had the car for two hours and they didn't flinch. it is fairly common. if they don't let you take it to your guy - go elsewhere.
by diminishingskills » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:35 am
Fire Marshall Bill wrote:Just remember, too. Unless you personally know the seller, when you buy used you're just buying someone else's problem.
by FUDU » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:16 am
by Fire Marshall Bill » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:00 pm
DiminishingSkills wrote:Fire Marshall Bill wrote:Just remember, too. Unless you personally know the seller, when you buy used you're just buying someone else's problem.FMB, this is the one line in this thread so far that I disagree with. I bought a used car about four years ago, and it has worked out great for me. Haven't had a single thing wrong with the car (aside from normal maintenance items), and paid a lot less than I would have for a comparable new car. YMMV, and apparently does. (I will say that I think your advice is more likely to be correct if buying a car with a lot of miles on it, because you know that things are going to go wrong at that point. In my case, the car I bought had 20K miles, so it was still pretty fresh.)Anyway, lot of good advice in this thread. Bottom line is information. Go in knowing what car you want, what options you want, the fair market price for a car with those options, etc. If you don't know those items, you're not ready to buy. If you have a trade-in, know what the fair value is. If you are going to need to finance the purchase, know what current interest rates are. (I'd go so far as to get pre-approved from a lender, so that you have a financing option in your pocket when you walk into the dealership.) And don't let the dealer confuse all of those items together (as they will try to do). Good luck ...
by CP » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:26 pm
FUDU wrote:Last thing, look into and ask about any demos that the staff has driven. I forget the exact details on how it works (CP sounds like he would know) but IIRC they are still sold as new b/c they were never titled, yet driven for months and are in fact in reality a used car due to use (b/c let's face it as mentioned above the second a car is driven off the lot and miles are put on it the car depreciates right, demos are driven off the lot everyday and miles are put on them). Who knows you might be able to use that angle and talk them into a used car price on a demo model. Unlikely but worth a shot I guess.
by GodHatesClevelandSport » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:17 pm
by TouchEmAllTime » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:21 pm
by Indyan » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:43 pm
TouchEmAllTime wrote:3. Most dealers look up what they are doing at the block, Kelly Blue Book kinda goes out the window on trade ins.
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