Last post on Dec 05, 2013 at 12:05 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
#3536 of 3637 Re: Sandman, gbrozen, suydan, ben, bill G...etc. et al [acemanhattan]
Aug 27, 2013 (10:01 am)
There are good deals out there for a lightly used economy car. You just have to find the right one. Typically, Honda and Toyota are not good used buys. I strongly suggest Mazda, but there are other decent choices out there for the money.
Just for the hell of it, I'm going to pull up some auction data. Looking at 2009 models with ~45k miles, this is what I find:
Versa Sedan S=~$7k.
mazda 3i sport=~$7500.
Focus SE sedan=~$8500.
mazda 6i sport=~$9k.
Accord 4c LX=~$11k.
#3537 of 3637 Re: Sandman, gbrozen, suydan, ben, bill G...etc. et al [qbrozen]
Aug 27, 2013 (10:21 am)
Thanks for this list.
I hadn't considered a Yaris but particularly like it. In that price range, with those kind of miles and the fuel economy, it looks like a steal.
#3538 of 3637 Re: Sandman, gbrozen, suydan, ben, bill G...etc. et al [acemanhattan]
Aug 27, 2013 (10:31 am)
just realize those are dealer auction numbers. Retail would be about $2k-2500 above that.
I think the mazda3 is far more car than the Yaris.
#3539 of 3637 Re: Nissan Versa? [acemanhattan]
Aug 27, 2013 (11:56 am)
I guess there's some confusion - I thought you were in the market for a vehicle and that your budget is $7000. If keeping the car you currently have is an option and that helps your overall financial situation, then by all means, keep your current vehicle until it's no longer financially feasible.
#3540 of 3637 Re: Sandman, gbrozen, suydan, ben, bill G...etc. et al [qbrozen]
Aug 27, 2013 (1:06 pm)
Not a bad list. I'd go with the Consumer Reports best bets though. Some on your list are there too.
#3542 of 3637 Re: 02 Civic 113k miles $5,999 [acemanhattan]
Aug 30, 2013 (7:38 am)
Well if you're looking at book values, the price is well off the map. But this is old enough that condition should dictate what it's really worth. If it's really as big of a cream puff as they're making it out to be....and it checks out 100% by a mechanic....it's worth whatever you're willing to pay. I would try to get it close to $5k but this could be a very good vehicle and maybe worth the coin if you're going to keep it awhile.
#3543 of 3637 Re: 02 Civic 113k miles $5,999 [acemanhattan]
Aug 30, 2013 (7:47 am)
It doesn't say what trim -- if it's the basic DX that's more like $3000 and would be a very good buy if it checks out mechanically. $6000 seems high for a 12 year old economy car. Did you look at private party value on the Edmunds used car site? It adjusts for your area (I don't know Portland zip code so I plugged in mine in the midwest, which is where I got $3000). It might be more on Kbb which usually shows higher figures.
#3544 of 3637 02 Civic 113k miles $5,999
Aug 30, 2013 (8:04 am)
It appears that it is the LX (picture from the back has the LX emblem), which, if in outstanding condition has a private party value of $4,500 on Edmunds and $4,000 on KBB.
If you're going the private party route, how closely would you expect your purchase price to reflect KBB or Edmunds suggested value? It seems that cars are routinely priced 40% higher than suggested by those sites. In that case (which seems like most cases) it's hard to imagine landing at the suggested price since it would require offering them SUBSTANTIALLY less than what they are asking.
Aug 30, 2013 (7:58 am)
08 Kia w 50k? 06 Hyundai w 75k? Etc.