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Honda Civic CRX, Honda Civic, Honda Civic del Sol, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#1421 of 10740 Re: Possibly buying a '93 Civic [bottgers]
Jan 03, 2005 (5:22 am)
I work with a woman who is selling her '93 Civic. It's a sedan with about 130k miles. It's an automatic and is in very good shape. The interior is flawless, and the only thing wrong with the exterior is one small door ding in the driver's door and a few small chips in the paint on the front end. The engine compartment is also very clean and there appears to be no leaks. It has new tires and belts and it's a very nice driving car. I drove it a few miles down the road. I noticed it does need a new speedometer cable as the speedo works intermittently. Other than that, I couldn't find anything wrong with the car. She said her daughter bought the car new and drove it for about 1 year, then this lady I work with has been driving it since. She said her husband has maintained the car maticulously since it was new. I can't varify this, but it looks and drives like this is true.
I don't think she'll take any less than $1500 for the car. Does this seem like a good price? I've checked used car values in Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and NADA and their prices on this car range anywhere from $1100 to $2200. I'm looking for a car for my daughter and I need something reliable, but I can't spend more than $2000. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Just make sure that the timing belt was changed at 120,000 miles. Timing belts on those Civics had a 60,000 mile intervals. It could cost you an additional $60-$600 to replace the timing belt. While at it, it is not a bad idea to replace the water pump as well.
AS far as why an 11 year old Civic costs that much, WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD RESALE VALUES. Honda's and Toyota's demand higher resale values because of the quality of build and design, and the fact that at 100,000 miles the engine is just broken in. I used to have an 85 Civic, I sold it for $1200 with 350,000 miles (in 1995), and it still runs. I see it in the neighborhood once in a while.
Jan 03, 2005 (6:17 am)
The good news is that even if you pay a little more for a used Honda, if you decide to sell it in 3 years and it's still running, you'll be able to get good money for it then.
Let's say you pay $2000 for it today - your daughter keeps up the maintenance and repairs. You should still get $1000 out of it in 3 years. You just can't buy anything that runs for much less than $1000, and it IS a Honda. That means she'll have driven it for $333 a year + maintenance. Not bad, not bad at all.
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Jan 03, 2005 (12:32 pm)
I plan on maintaining the car myself so it should stay in good shape. I guess I don't mind paying a bit more for a car that should be more reliable than most other cars. It's worth the piece of mind.
Jan 03, 2005 (1:38 pm)
So much for the Civic. Apparently, the lady's son-in-law hit a deer with his vehicle over the weekend. Since the Civic originally belonged to his wife, she thought they'd offer it to him. He decided to take it. Figures This kind of crap always happenes to me when I find a vehicle I want to buy.
Jan 04, 2005 (7:30 am)
Move faster. I'm really surprised someone else didn't snap it up while you were deciding what to do.
Cars like that sell immediatly.
Jan 04, 2005 (10:21 am)
hi, i'm looking to buy a civic coupe LX w/auto transmission & side airbags. i was quoted $16,400 out the door by a dealer who is a friend of a friend but there are none of these cars in stock in california (in black, the only color i want) & the 2.9% financing ends tomorrow... should i buy the car and hope it comes in soon so i can take advantage of the apr or should i wait til it comes in & hope another deal pops up? TIA!
Jan 04, 2005 (10:55 am)
The move wasn't up to me. The lady hadn't decided for sure whether or not she wanted to sell the car yet. She said if she did, she would give me the first shot at the car since I was the first person she had talked to about selling it. Apparently, this incident with her son-in-law took presidence over her telling me I had the first shot. I may still have a shot at the car though. She said he may not want to keep it. In this event, she would again offer the car to me. Her husband seems a bit flighty on exactly what price he wants for the car though. I made an intial offer of $1200. She said that sounded like a fair price, but she'd have to talk to her husband. He said he wanted to get at least $1500 for the car, until they went looking at new cars over the weekend, where he was telling dealers he would take no less than $2000 on a trade. The price keeps going up, unless he plans to offer me the car (if the son-in-law doesn't want it) for $1500. I would go for that price. I'm not giving him $2000 though. That's too much for a 12 year old vehicle with 100K+ miles. I don't care if it is a Honda.
#1428 of 10740 2000 Civic Ex for $6995
Jan 04, 2005 (11:06 am)
With 100,000 miles?!?! Thats what a Toyota dealership in Milw. is asking for it. Should I be wary in purchasing it? It looks nice(under the hood as well), runs and sounds great. But it has been on the lot for 120+days. KBB has it retail for about $9,000.
Is this an offer I can't refuse or am I wise to be sceptical?
Thanks Honda Junkies
Jan 04, 2005 (5:17 pm)
Why would KBB say ANY car with 100K miles is worth that much? That's nuts! I don't care what kind of car it is. If you're really interested in the car and it's actually been on the lot that long, I'd offer 'em about $4500. All they can do is say no.
#1430 of 10740 Re: [bottgers]
Jan 04, 2005 (8:07 pm)
maybe KKB is full of left over holiday egg nog??? Regardless thats what they say. You're right what can it hurt to low ball, especially with a winter storm coming our way in S.E. Wisconsin.(not much store traffic). Why they would accept anything lower than trade in value is weird but what the hay...hey??