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Wheels.20

buying used

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{Wheels.20.9}: Marc Damico {barkmoss} Wed, 20 Jul 2005 01:41:22 CDT (43 lines)

i say if you buy a new car and your not filthy rich, your a product
of over marketing :-)

we recently purchased a 2001 buick lesabre, with 80k on her, for a
mere 7 grand.  :-)  in very good condition, i might add :-)
that car sold for about 28 grand 4 years ago.  now some might balk
at this, but folks don't forget, cars nowadays are good for at
least 150k.  as long you don't buy some shitty little cavalier or
somethin :-)

where do you find these wacky deals?  :-)  why my advice is just
cruise on over to auto trader online.  and stay away from those
pesky dealerships, unless of course, your just lookin to scam a
test drive.  in that case, by all means, you might even get a free
baseball cap out of it.  but watch yourself, them boys will get you
to pay 150% of what you could get that car for on your own.  :-)

i should add, that all dealers are not created equally.  :-)  we
got our car from a dealer, but it was a small corner dealership.
not a big flashy showroom :-)

now for the mechanically challenged, which i must admit i certainly
am, a good exam from a dealership will only run you about 80 bucks
and it's worth every penny.

one more thing, spend the 25 bucks and get the car fax service.
that way you'll get a title report, which will tell you if the
sweet deal you found, is really a bitter lemon.  folks will take a
wreck and make it look new and make a pretty profit on it.  bottom
line is, these cars aren't worth shit.  when a car is built all
it's parts are designed to fit together, in a very precise manner.
when you bang that car all up, things can get out of whack.  the
result can be a level of safety, in emergency maneuvering, that is
far below what the car was originally designed for and in a crash.
aside from that, tires may wear unevenly, and there's a number of
other things it can effect.  bottom line, car can end up being a
money pit and a death trap.  so steer clear pawdner :-)

other than that, don't be afraid to ask your seller to come down on
their price.  most folks expect this and if they don't, then they
should :-)  in any event don't be afraid yours will get away.  as
they say, there's plenty of fish in the sea ;-)  and cliché's
become cliché's, because they make sense.

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