Last post on Sep 17, 2007 at 1:16 PM
You are in the Honda Civic
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan
#9 of 14 Re: Civic? [sandman46]
Sep 15, 2007 (5:06 pm)
It doesn't have to be a Civic. I've just heard how long-lasting they can be. I was poking around Edmunds a bit and started checking out a few other cars. (Haven't done in-depth research on any of these yet):
Toyota Yaris & Matrix
Hyundai Accent & Elantra (Kinda "eh" about Hyundai though for some reason.)
We do not need a large car. In fact, I prefer smaller cars. I'll be doing a lot of garage space and street parking and don't want to have to park a beast.
Haven't looked into GM cars yet. I'd love to hear what you might recommend though. And just how do warranties work on used cars anyway? If it's a newer used car, do you just get whatever is left over on the factory warranty? If it's an older used car, does the dealership include some sort of warranty? What is the standard?
Sep 15, 2007 (5:31 pm)
The wife drives one of these and really likes the car. The entry price isn't to bad either. The Hyundai Elantra is another good car for y'all to check out. Mucho features for a very reasonable price makes this car one that should fit you guys to a tee.
The year old GM cars will have some manufacturers warranty left for sure. And if they are CPO'd, even more warranty but you will pay a bit higher price for CPO'd units. One guy got a smallish Buick Lacrosse which would be a nice choice also. Not that much bigger than the Civic and much more comfortable seats in my opinion. True the mpg's will be slightly less, but the comfort levels and excellent a/c will put a smile on your face. For some reason, American cars have a/c that literally blows the foreign brands out of the water. Don't know why either.
Off leased units will also be a good choice as most are reconditioned at the terms end by the dealers and they have higher standards backed by the manufactureers(?). So you do have many excellent choices to pick from. just take your time and make sure you are comparing apples to apples with your search.
Good luck and have some fun also. Remember that this is a purchase that you will live with for a good bit of time so put in the required effoert to make the most educated decision possible. Keep us posted.
#11 of 14 Re: Mazda 3 [sandman46]
Sep 15, 2007 (7:35 pm)
CPO'd? I'm not familiar with this. What do you mean? Like a certified used car?
And I'm not following you on the off leased units. Are you referring to cars people leased that are now back at the dealership?
I swear I'm not an idiot. Hehe. I just don't know some of this car stuff. But, hey, I'd be an idiot not to ask.
Regardless, looks like my car options are a lot bigger than I originally thought. I have a lot of research to do it seems. I'll keep you posted!
#12 of 14 Re: Mazda 3 [cali_driver]
Sep 15, 2007 (9:37 pm)
CPO = Certified Pre Owned. I doubt they will do much with the 15,995 car since that's already a money loser. Unless something has changed, the 0% is only on v6 Accords. At least it was that way when I got my Civic a month ago.
#13 of 14 buying a 2005 Honda Civic LX 4dr. Sedan Nighthawk Pearl this week
Sep 17, 2007 (11:28 am)
Am buying a 2005 Honda Civic LX 4dr. Sedan Nighthawk Pearl this week - about 26,500 miles on it from a NY Honda dealer
Total is 11,290 - with taxes. 10,900 for the car.
Looked at carfax report online - paid for it myself. Looks clean.
Is this a good deal?
Also - this car is not certified.
They said they can tell me how much to get it certified. And how much an extended warranty would be if I didn't get it certified.
What is a good amount to pay for certification? Would $1000 be about right? I just don't want to overpay. And I am on a budget
#14 of 14 Re: buying a 2005 Honda Civic LX 4dr. Sedan Nighthawk Pearl this week [butt
Sep 17, 2007 (1:16 pm)
I'd rather have an extended warranty than certification. The certification isn't going to pay to fix anything that goes wrong. It is some comfort that nothing should but if/when it does it's your nickel. The warranty supplies the nickel. ymmv