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#4924 of 4962 Nissan Altima - Used Car Purchase doubt ?
Dec 01, 2006 (7:39 pm)
I had gone ahead and bought an Used Nissan Altima 2003 model with around 59720 miles in it at Royal Moore Nissan in Hillsboro, Oregon for around 11,920 Dollars. I was around 10 Days into Car searching after getting my licnese (I am new to US), and was desperate for a Car due to the rainy weather around here.
Since I bought the Car, I have been going thru this "phase " of doubting my purchase whether I paid too much for the car or whether the dealer gave me a good deal or did he take advantage of my need for a car or whether I could have had it for lot less. The Car looked and drives really good it had very very minor blemish on the Bumper other than that the car felt kind of new (inspite of the milage) and I had a satisfactory and a happy feeling when I purchased it. Now with a desperate need of a car being satisfied, I am now thinking in terms of whether I paid more for the car..I have seen the NADA,KBB and Edmunds value of the car, but still wonder whether I got a decent enough deal or ripped off ? I would really appreciate if anybody with insights into this can tell me whether the money I paid was okay or the dealer ripped me off ?
#4925 of 4962 Re: Nissan Altima - Used Car Purchase doubt ? [dsuday]
Dec 05, 2006 (10:34 am)
What difference does it make - you either got a fair deal or you were ripped off. Since none of us were with you during negotiations nor do any of us know the condition of the car or how much you agreed to pay, how could we realistically be expected to advise you over the internet? Regardless, it's your car now, so drive it sensibly, check fluid levels and service it regularly, and enjoy going about your business in warm, dry comfort. (There isn't a person on these shores - recent arrival or native born - who hasn't gotten screwed and tattoo'd on a car deal at one time or another - some are occasionally smart enough to know they got the short end of the stick.) If you believe you got taken (and, by the way, maybe you really didn't ), just lick your wounds, and live and learn in time for the next go around. (And next time pick up Consumer Report's annual new car issue - they always resurrect and update their car buying tips article for what car salesperson trickery to watch out for.)
#4926 of 4962 Remote locking/alarm arming
Dec 08, 2006 (4:59 pm)
Does anyone know how to make this function silently, without the horn beeping?
It's an '06 model.
#4927 of 4962 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not
Feb 09, 2007 (10:53 am)
Hi - i leased a 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5SL and the lease is ending in March.
Apparently the 2 yr servicing date is sometime early March and i might extend this lease for next 6 months.
THe problem is that the 2 yr servicing is approx $400-500 if i were to get it at the Nissan Dealer.
The ques - do i need to get it done from the dealer and if so can i tell them to only do the bare essentials so that i am not so much out of pocket (if so would i get dinged when i return the lease)?
If i were to return the car and get a new one - does any one have experience wherein they have negotiatied that all services esp the exp ones be tucked into the monthly (pretty much like the BMW where all service is included)
please let me knowASAP
#4928 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [puri]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:09 am)
From my leasing experience, as long as the car is in very good condition, the dealer or leasing company doesn't ask or care if the maintenance is not 100% up to date, even though it is in your lease agreement. This is especially true if you are going to lease another car from the same dealer. All they want is the new car business, and they can service the car themselves for much cheaper than you would pay if they want to put it on their used car lot, or it gets auctioned off by the leasing company.
You could get it serviced by a third party and keep the receipts, which may be cheaper.
One thing the leasing companies WILL ding you for is worn tires. If your tires are down, you may be able to get a set of almost new low mileage "used" OEM tires that have been traded in for something better. Call a number of tire dealers. There is a large "silent" market for used tires!
Extending a lease for 6 months doesn't make sense. You still owe the same contractual residual amount, and the car is worth less after 6 additional months. The 6 monthly payments are just thrown away. Also, you are out of warranty and if anything breaks you will have to pay for the repairs to a car you are giving up anyway. May as well put the money into your new car.
The dealer will gladly sell you a service contract when you buy your new car. They make a nice profit on it, and you pay more for it than you would if you paid as you went! Not a good idea in my book.
#4929 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [alan_s]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:13 am)
that helps me a lot. thanks
my car is in good condition - but am also in the process of buying a condo and hence was hoping to make the car a bit later on - i hear you on the extension for 6 months/year.
So basically what are a must have service done to a car after 2 yrs (i dont knw a lot abt cars) except oil change etc.
#4930 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [puri]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:20 am)
Keep that oil changed! No matter what, make sure its gets the "oil, lube and filter".
As you are buying a condo, it may make sense for you to put off the new car lease, however there are also advantages doing the transactions in the same month. As long as your credit is good:
1) Close on the condo first.
2) Do a no money down lease if you are short on cash.
Credit inquiries hit your credit report and lower your credit rating. Your mortgage company and others will make credit inquiries which will be on your record, so you creditworthiness in 6 months time will be lower than it is now and you may pay a higher interest or money factor as a result. If you lease the new car within a month of closing the condo, the inquiries and condo purchase will not have hit your credit report yet so you will get a better leasing rate.
#4931 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [alan_s]
Feb 09, 2007 (11:22 am)
Just one word of caution, a major service can wait a bit unless there are critical components that need replacing like timing belts. Not sure if your car has a chain or belt. These components are mileage dependent not time dependent, so it depends on how many miles you have on the car.
Neglecting these can cost major $$$$$$$$$$$$ if something fails.
#4932 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [alan_s]
Feb 09, 2007 (12:01 pm)
awesome advice on taking on the car in the same month!! helps a lot!!!
have 25k miles - what do u suggest!
#4933 of 4962 Re: 2 year servicing on a 2.5SL - required or not [puri]
Feb 09, 2007 (12:55 pm)
At 25K do an oil change - nothing major is going to break from wear between now and the end of March. Make sure your car is clean before you turn it in. If it is dirty inside, get it detailed and get door dings removed by a paintless dent removal process like Dent Wizard. They are not expensive and it will save you a bunch of $$$ not getting charged for "excessive wear and tear" by the leasing company. Close on the condo and if you still have the nerves to sign on the dotted line again, get a no money down lease within the month.
New condo, new car. Cool!