Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 7:13 PM
You are in the Sedans
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Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3451 of 3640 Re: Used Civic 36k miles and 66K miles [acemanhattan]
Aug 22, 2013 (11:21 am)
I would make 2005 the cutoff date for buying used. You do realize that '96 is a 13 year old car. And if it really has that low miles, it means it has sat, A LOT. In the Portland climate, you are probably looking at a lot of interior wires and lines that will have to be replaced, among God knows what else.
2005 will get you standard ABS brakes, dual airbags, and other safety features that you don't want to be without. That means probably not a Honda, but you could be looking at other cars that are reliable but depreciate more. Hyundai Elantra, Pontiac Vibe, Buick Century are examples.
Buying a used car from a dealership is no different from buying new. You still have to negotiate a price. You can often get 1500 2000 off the asking price. And get it checked out from your own mechanic too first.
#3452 of 3640 Re: Used Civic 36k miles and 66K miles [suydam]
Aug 22, 2013 (11:25 am)
Math was never my strong suit. A 17 year old car.
#3453 of 3640 Re: 1999 Civic vs 2003 [benjaminh]
Aug 22, 2013 (11:44 am)
I just looked back through your posts and didn't find a crash link.
#3454 of 3640 Re: Used Civic 36k miles and 66K miles [suydam]
Aug 22, 2013 (11:46 am)
Thanks Sudyam. It does sound like I'm going to have to look at a different model if I want to buy used.
#3455 of 3640 Re: Help me Find a Wagon Style Car [backy]
Aug 22, 2013 (12:06 pm)
So many great replies!
You've all heard about "the path of least resistance." I could keep the
remaining wagon that's still ok. It needs tires and several common repairs.
Estimated cost: $2000.00. Twenty years ago, I would not have hesitated
to fix this wagon. When you're very young it's easy to keep moving forward.
If I spend the money and the engine or transmission fails a few months later
I won't be happy, to say the least.
I'm going to look at the vehicles you all recommended.
The obvious solution is a small SUV and foldable trailer. I've got a big
shed that full. Some of my neighbors have two or three sheds. If I
buy a trailer, I've got to have a good place to store the darn thing.
If I leave it outside, a couple of strong guys could carry it away in two
minutes. That's why I didn't mention a trailer in my original post.
Anyway, I'm very grateful for your replies.
Aug 22, 2013 (12:14 pm)
Thoughts on this used Sonata?
By the way, I've talked to about 5 different new car sales people in the last few days: the worst. Not a single one of them hasn't been severely obnoxious. "So when can we have you talk to the sales manager and wrap this thing up?" Well I'm not sure, but certainly not after 3 minutes of talking.
#3457 of 3640 Re: 05 Sonata 108k miles [acemanhattan]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 22, 2013 (12:35 pm)
Personally, I'd go with an '06 or later. Some of our members have more experience with Hyundai vehicles, though, so I'd take their advice over mine. I advised a friend of mine strongly against Hyundai based on pre-2006 experiences. He got an '06, and I was blown away.
#3458 of 3640 Re: 05 Sonata 108k miles [Kirstie@Edmunds]
Aug 22, 2013 (12:57 pm)
Yes, the 2006 Sonata is a much better car than the 2005 (which debuted in 1998 I think), one of the first standout designs from Hyundai.
#3460 of 3640 Re: IIHS crash test for small cars [benjaminh]
Aug 22, 2013 (1:08 pm)
Sheesh. That's something to think about all of a sudden.