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Acura Integra, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Escort, Honda Civic, Mazda Protege, Buying Insurance
#290 of 356 Re: Girl in trouble!!! 2000 INTEGRA with 1.6L????? [chrissy221]
Aug 27, 2006 (5:08 am)
If you can spend $9 on a 7-year-old car with 160k, I strongly suggest you check out Hondas LX Civics and the new Fit -- especially the Fit, since it seems to be a great little go-cart in the handling department. Good deals on Corollas abound, also. How about an "S" with a stick and a sunroof for (I'm guessing) $15-16? It'll last a couple decades.
what could be wrong with it if anithing at all
Well, that's about it: Anything at all could be wrong with it, and how would you know? At the very minimum, when buying used, take the car to a GOOD, KNOWLEDGEABLE mechanic and have it checked out stem-to-stern. The laundry list he'll likely come back with is going to make you think twice.
Trust me on this, I recently flubbed one and flipped it to a local dealership for a few hundred $$ loss, just to get rid of the darned thing. And I've been buying used cars for a looong time, and kinda know what I'm doing.
Small, good-quality, low-mpg cars are really pricey right now in the used market. That's what happens when gas goes up. New cars didn't rise nearly as much, because there is still more supply than demand. Also, people just won't buy an econobox for $20k.
Only buy this Integra if you absolutely have to have it, and if you can afford to throw $4000 at it in the first year without going broke. There is nothing worse -- except maybe microwave popcorn -- than making payments on a car that needs repairs, and then not being able to afford those repairs. I've seen it happen to people, and the results are an absolute disaster that messes up your life.
Given your taste, if you want to spend $9 wisely, look for an '02 Protege or better yet, Protege5. They come without the insane Honda/Acura markup used.
#291 of 356 When considering a used vehicle from any private dealer
Aug 27, 2006 (1:10 pm)
Always check with www.bbb.com, The Better Business Bureau will have information on its members and non members that may be helpful if considering a used car from a used car dealer. Some are ethical sales people, and some will sell you junk even if you were a family member. Also, be sure to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau if you have unresolved issues or feel you are being treated unfairly as a consumer. By doing so, you may prevent another unscrupulous dealer from selling to an unassuming buyer. We have power as consumers but sometimes forget how strong a force we can be.
#292 of 356 Re: Girl in trouble!!! 2000 INTEGRA with 1.6L????? [steine13]
Aug 28, 2006 (6:02 am)
Did you sell the lowrider?
#293 of 356 Re: Girl in trouble!!! 2000 INTEGRA with 1.6L????? [chrissy221]
Aug 28, 2006 (6:37 am)
The 1.6L is probably a typo. The '00 Integras had the 1.8 - as you pointed out.
But 9000 for one with 160K - that's beyond crazy. That's a decent price for a 2000 with about half the mileage.
#294 of 356 Re: Girl in trouble!!! 2000 INTEGRA with 1.6L????? [chrissy221]
Aug 28, 2006 (7:40 am)
You might check with your insurance agent before the Integra purchase. Premiums will be high, and deservedly so. A Seattle area paper ran an article on the top 10 cars for theft in the region. Six of the 10 were Integras (of various years).
Of course the market value of the Integra, and its desirability to thieves depends on the engine (which is an easy swap into a Civic).
#295 of 356 Re: Girl in trouble!!! 2000 INTEGRA with 1.6L????? [lemmer]
Aug 28, 2006 (3:55 pm)
Wholesaled it to the largest Chevy dealer in the area for a $600 loss... long story, but that's the gist of it.
I just didn't see myself spending $$ to get a decent exhaust, and then turning around and selling it on the street.
Live & learn.
Nov 25, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Of the 53 cars I've owned, 38 were purchased for $500 or less. That's for the whole car, not a down payment. Only 4 of them were inoperable at the time of purchase. All but six of them lasted more than a month. The best ones (the two Buick Centurys, one Datsun 210, and two Celebritys) lasted over a year each.
I would much rather buy a $300 car every month for the rest of my life than spend thousands or tens of thousands on a new or later model used car which I would be sick of in six months or so.
I buy my cars from eBay, Craigslist, private sellers, abandoned car auctions, and the occasional small used car lot. I like to go to smaller wrecker services for the abandoned cars because they are more likely to allow me to drive the car home. They also have locksmiths and guys selling used batteries and tires on premises to help out. If I buy a car from a city-run abandoned car auction I'd have to spend $75 to $200 to have it towed home depending on which city.
Typically, the $300-$500 cars I buy seem to run for three to six months before something major happens to it. By that point, I'll strip out whatever will sell on eBay (radios, headlights and taillights, computer, interior plastics, trim, etc) and send the rest to a junkyard. I'll get $50 to $300 for the junk car and still have stuff to resell. And if it still runs by the end of six months and I'm sick of it, I'll resell it and probably make money. 50/50 chance of making a profit and then I go buy another.
My wife doesn't get it, she drives a $4000 Lumina which we still owe half that and it's worth half of what we owe. But everything works but the cruise and it's a good looking car. So she's happy. And if she's happy, I'm happy. I just hope I can keep finding her decent cars in the sub-$5000 range so we aren't buried in some huge payment which will keep me from buying the beaters here and there when I need them. Right now I'm without a car because we made some repairs to hers and started buying Christmas gifts and paying off some old debts. But if all goes well, I'll be buying a pair of $300 cars off eBay and bringing them homein a couple weeks.
#297 of 356 Make that 54 and 39
Nov 27, 2006 (11:03 pm)
Just picked up a 1989 Celebrity for $300. Drives fine, looks much nicer than my other $300 cars, too. I think I got a winner here. Only caveat is the AC does not work, compressor is locked up tight. But I don't care, because it's almost December and it won't get hot here in TX for 3-4 more months.
#298 of 356 Re: I am the King [occupant1]
Nov 28, 2006 (6:04 am)
I use to be the King of cheap cars... now I'm just the King of Cheap. I think the best beaters would come in at around $900-$1,500. We sold our 1994 Buick Century wagon two and a half years ago, got around $1,100 for it. Still in very good condition... air, tires, interior and exterior very nice, good miles. Did have a slow oil leak though. But, older Buick Centurys are a good bet for a beater.
#299 of 356 Re: Make that 54 and 39 [occupant1]
Nov 28, 2006 (6:35 am)
I bet your front yard looks nice.
If you have the time and energy I am sure your system is one of the cheapest ways to get from point A to point B.
The only problem with your system for me would be that when I used to drive beaters I would allways get that quesey feeling in the pit of my stomach when I would go out to start the car on a cold morning. I would think the cars in your wife's price range would be a ton more reliable, and still be worth something in a few years.
Get a 98 Buick Century with 70-80k mile for $3-5,000 and drive the wheels off of it. But it sounds like you like the thrill of the hunt more than the actual cost saving compared to the time spent finding,fixing and re selling parts. We all need hobbies.