Finding a Dirt Cheap Daily Driving Car
Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:39 PM
I would try to avoid getting anything off rot lots though... I worked at a dealership and they sold those used lots their cars because either something was wrong with them to begin with, or they had too many miles for the to resell on the dealership lot aka no value. I'd look into a private seller OR try getting one at an auction.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:04 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:18 PM
but for honda, nissan, or toyota, those motors are just getting broken in at 200k miles. i replaced the valve cover gasket on mine recently, and it was in way better shape than i ever expected inside there.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:14 PM
Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:53 AM
Miles are relative, I wouldn't necessarily discount something just because of the miles. I've driven cars with 250k I'd rather take on a trip than ones with half the mileage.
Craigslist is good, but plan on giving yourself a lot of time and patience when buying something on there. Chances are if you think a car is good on there somebody else does too so when you go to look at something take a few hundred to leave as a deposit to hold it. Also you will have to plan on spending a lot of time looking at junk, as most sellers don't disclose the problems with their car until you've wasted your time going to look at it.
Imports are always good but I wouldn't discount the old lady route as someone earlier suggested. Old people have been driving longer than any of us and they know good cars.....they take care of them so if you can find a good deal on an older olds or buick I'd jump on it. They've been making that 3.8 motor forever, they get 25mpg, and are more comfortable to drive than most imports of the same age. Plus the 3.8 doesn't have a timing belt like the imports so no surprise break of a chain going down the road like can happen with a belt.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:27 PM
Look around on all the sites...autotrader, cars.com, etc, before going to Craigslist. sometimes, those dealers with those older cars will give a good deal if you are paying cash.
Make sure and research the reliability ratings before you buy and insist on a Carfax report.