Mike Jay wrote:Good approach! I do the same and historically bought 3 year old trucks with low miles. I figured the original owner couldn't do too much damage in 3 years if they were low mileage users (clearly an assumption). And I saved 30-40% over the price of new.
That changed with my latest truck. I wanted a 2WD, 4 cylinder, stick shift Tacoma. They don't have that combination in Wisconsin. Or the midwest. Maybe one of those three features but definitely not all three. So I had to either go 700 miles to Pennsylvania to look at a used one for $22K, or buy a new one for $25K. So I bought my first ever new vehicle. 27.5 mpg so far since I've owned it.
Kali Gardener wrote:
My best story is buying a used salvaged 1989 Honda CRX for $2500. I drove it 60k miles, it was stolen, I got it back with the stereo and wheels gone so I got the car PLUS $2000 from insurance, put free wheels on it and a stereo from the wrecking yard, then sold it for $2500!
John Weiland wrote:
I just have to add this tale to your story, Kali. A friend of mine was living in East Los Angeles for a while, keeping his Toyota Corolla diligently locked during his stay. The safety measures didn't provide for long and soon it was stolen. But it was miraculously recovered by the police.....with NEW tires! The next time it was stolen it was recovered with a 5-speed manual instead of a 4-speed that he had purchased it with.....so he started leaving it unlocked in the worst parts of town after that :-)
kevin stewart wrote:Kali, as zoon as i figure out how to turn a geo metro into a truck im all set.
I bought a head gasket online for $15.00 (with gasket set)and yesterday i put it in. Total cost..$15.00.
No interference engine, i keep spares in the car.
I buy my cars at auctions in los angeles.
On my last drive from arizona there was a radio advertisement offering new cars with SIX years no interest. Auto industry is in trouble. Or is it us in trouble?
Kali Gardener wrote: We have a 05 diesel truck we use just as a hauler, so we don't need a truck. ...... I want a daily driver, dog, travel, haul a few bags of feed type car. Thinking of a used Subaru Forester but the gas mileage on them is terrible. It's tough, everything is so big now and so full of electronics. And the nice, reliable older cars have tons of miles... No wonder the auto industry is in trouble.
John Weiland wrote:Does anyone know what the status, used price, and 'fix' was for the VW diesels in the US caught up in the exhaust emissions scandal? They seemed to have great mileage, but I can't speak for the reliability and whether or not the diesel issue depreciated their cost...? Perhaps a used Jetta wagon? And what was the fix for the emissions problem?