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#461 of 490 Re: transmissions [pat]
May 30, 2009 (11:00 am)
But first you need to discuss with Richard the issues with the phrase "CVT transmission".
Yes, it is a bit redundant isn't it. I though many would not know what I was talking about if I just wrote CVT.
But, I did get the answer I was looking for on that link tidester provided. The CVT can't be rebuilt, the whole thing needs to be replaced to the tune of 5 or 6 thousand. I had asked in several other forums for the cost to rebuild. I thought it would be minimal, just replacing a couple belts or something. Really dampens my enthusiasm a bit in buying a NIssan Altima with the "CVT transmission".
#462 of 490 Question about Smartbuy Program...
Jul 28, 2009 (2:37 am)
Bought my 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS on March 31, 2006. Still making monthly payments, apparently I'm still leasing. My car dealer told me after the 48 months is up, if I want to, I can buy it off with $4,853 but my question is this,
Can I still make monthly payments until it is pay off when after the lease is up?
Whoever have SMARTBUY, (it should be on your monthly bill or statement) can you tell more about this SMARTBUY program?
#463 of 490 Re: Question about Smartbuy Program... [pa356228]
Jul 28, 2009 (3:13 am)
I opened up a topic for you. You can find it here: Smart Buy Questions
Post your question there and, with a little luck, a knowledgable person will come along and provide the information you need. Good luck!
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#464 of 490 Buying a used car question
Sep 12, 2009 (8:04 pm)
Hi, I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this question, please move if I posted in the wrong place.
My question is whether it is better to buy a used car from a dealer or from a broker?
I am trying to buy a used Infiniti M35, but I have a specific set of options/colors I want. Unfortunately, I could not find a car that meets all of my requirements at local dealerships. However, I noticed some ads for "used car brokers". They buy cars directly from the auctions, and thus have a much higher selection to choose from. Has anyone gotten a used car from a broker? What was the experience like?
If I buy a car from a dealership, I can inspect it and test drive it. Also, I assume the dealerships do a mechanical inspection of the cars they sell. I also have the option to get a certified pre-owned car which gets me an extended warranty. However, since the dealers near me don't have the exact car I want I would either have to wait or find a far-away dealer or relax my requirements. I feel that if I go to a broker, I would get the exact specs I want, but I am worried about getting a lemon. Have anyone been faced with a similar problem? Any suggestions?
#465 of 490 Re: Buying a used car question [valentin650]
Sep 12, 2009 (11:51 pm)
You may want to give Got a Quick Question for a Car Dealer? a try. A lot of salespeople participate in that discussion and they'll provide you with some good ideas.
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#466 of 490 Re: Buying a used car question [tidester]
Sep 13, 2009 (1:07 am)
thank you, tidester, i'll move my post there.
#467 of 490 Trading straight-across during a bankruptcy...
Oct 03, 2009 (8:48 pm)
I have been without steady employment since Nov. 2008. Paid my bills, including car payment, faithfully until I ran out of retirement income this summer. Now, am filing for bankruptcy due to upside down mortgage, credit cards related to that, and no job. I will not be able to pay $300/month for my car in one month from now. Must have a reliable car, so could I make a deal with a used car dealer to trade even-up and get rid of large payment in exchange for no payment, or at least a very, very small monthly payment? Help !
#468 of 490 Re: Trading straight-across during a bankruptcy... [russ43]
Oct 03, 2009 (10:33 pm)
I hope you're able to find work real soon. I do know how tough downsizing income and lifestyle is. We had started a discussion relating to circumstances like yours earlier this year but it didn't become very active. I suggest posting your message in the Making Car Payments in Hard Times topic as I expect more people are in similar situations now with the recession lasting as long as it has.
Best of luck!
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#469 of 490 buying discontinued vehicles
Nov 28, 2009 (7:46 am)
I am looking at a used suv(07-08), and the top two choices are the explorer limited, and the chrysler aspen. I like the Aspen more, but am worried about it down the road due to Chrysler halting production on that and the Durango. From what I gather, The Aspen is a well made, and pretty reliable vehicle. Is it dumb to get a vehicle not in production anymore? It seems like the best fit for me honestly, little bigger than the Explorer, but smaller than Expedition. Any thoughts are much appreciated. I dont want to get burned, but wondering if this is a valid concern. Thanks again.
#470 of 490 Re: buying discontinued vehicles [kasrhp]
by kirstie_h HOST
Nov 28, 2009 (7:56 am)
I see you found our SUVs board, which is probably the best place. You might also search on the term "decide," as there are a bunch of existing discussions about trying to decide which vehicle to buy.