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#11018 of 12077 Need buying advice....
Jan 04, 2010 (10:59 am)
Hello everyone - I'm new to the forum. I'm in the following situation and I'm looking for advice:
- My wife and I have 2 cars and both leases are up in the next 2 months. I don't want to lease anymore, so we're getting an old car (98 Sentra) that will get us around the neighborhood and another used car that will be more reliable (possibly an Acura).
- I'm currently looking at a 2000 Acura TL with 120k miles for $4200 being sold by a private seller. I haven't checked the car out yet, but I have had conversations with the owner and I have good reason to believe the car was well taken care of. I asked the owner about the transmission due to the issues I've heard about. She says she's had the car for 6 years and has not had any problems (any way I can verify that?). She also had a routine transmisison flush done at the end of 2007.
I have never owned an Acura, but I'm pretty loyal to Honda and my sister is a loyal Acura owner. My gut tells me that the car will be reliable and that I'll be able to get a few years out of it. I've been told not to buy an older European car as repairs will be costly.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it's a good deal? Assuming my mechanic says it's in good shape, do you think I'll be able to get it close to 200k miles?
Thanks! Any thoughts are appreciated.
#11019 of 12077 Re: Need buying advice.... [scarps626]
Jan 04, 2010 (4:58 pm)
I have owned 5 hondas and now an Acura. The two earlier models had well over 200K before I sold them privately. The three I currenly have are all under 100K but I do expect to get the same type of mileage before even thinking about selling them.
I would check the service history and ensure that the maintenance was kept up. For example timing belt changed, transmission serviced regularly with Honda / Acura ATF, oil changed regularly, antifreeze changed with Honda / Acura antifreeze just to name a few. If you didn't already know Hondas are very sensitive toward their fluids for the AT, power steering, and antifreeze. Just my thoughts...Good luck!!!
By the way, you might try asking this questions in the real world forum here:
#11020 of 12077 Incentive for jan2010
Jan 05, 2010 (6:30 am)
Seems like Acura pulled off 1.9/2.9% APR & 1K cashback for Jan...Can anyone confirm? Ready to make purchase and this happend
#11021 of 12077 Re: Incentive for jan2010 [tobe_cx7]
Jan 05, 2010 (9:29 am)
Those incentives expired January 4th.
Not sure how much leeway the dealer has on that.
Maybe if you go in today, ready to buy, they can find a way.
If not probably best to wait for the next round of incentives.
#11022 of 12077 Re: Incentive for jan2010 [tobe_cx7]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2010 (4:40 pm)
It usually takes a few days for the new incentives to get posted...
#11023 of 12077 Re: Incentive for jan2010 [tobe_cx7]
Jan 06, 2010 (6:09 am)
OK- Found incentives for JAN
1.9% upto 36mo
2.9% upto 60mo
2000$ dealer cash- For TL TECH model only. It could be regional too (I checked for NE region). Seems good deal to me...Now if I can find mayan bronze color in this region then I'm all up for buying this machine
p.s: dealer cash & APR "can" be combined
#11024 of 12077 Re: Incentive for jan2010 [tobe_cx7]
Jan 06, 2010 (9:20 am)
My question is, is the "TL Tech" incentive for $2K good on the AWD TL Tech? Probably wishful thinking........
#11025 of 12077 Re: Incentive for jan2010 [kevd]
Jan 06, 2010 (11:12 am)
I am pretty sure it applies to the AWD-I got the 2K last August on my Tech AWD.
It does not matter if its AWD or FWD, as long as the Tech package is included.
#11026 of 12077 Expected price of Base TL w/Tech
Jan 08, 2010 (12:15 pm)
I am now seriously looking at a Base TL with the Tech package. The TMV price is listed as $35,850 and there is also $2000 cash to the dealer. Can I expect the cost of my car to be $35,850 less some part of the cash to dealer?
#11027 of 12077 Re: Expected price of Base TL w/Tech [Salmon1949]
Jan 08, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Edmund's TMV already takes into account rebates. However, that doesn't stop you from trying to negotiate for the dealer's incentives.