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certified pre-owned or new car? Stories?


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So I am ready to get my first car. I know I can save 1000s getting a used car, around 3 or4, depending. is it worth it to get a car with 30k or 40kmiles to save it? Or will it end p costing me in the end in car life and maintenance? Any personal experiences? Advice? I'm looking for the kind that last - toyota or honda, so I'm thinking it shouldn't e too ad. Any advice welcome! Thanks!

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My family always buys hondas - always.  The pre-owned deals are always sketchy, b/c typically the cars were rentals before they are selling them.  We always watch the paper for cars for sale by owners.  Usually you can find "single-owner" cars - which of course is wonderful.  Since a honda last forever, I'd say buy preowned.

Oooh good point Thanks for the reply!

 

Others?

i just recently purchased a new car. i thought i wanted to go used, to save money, but after looking around (ugh, car shopping is the WORST thing ever) i ended up buying a brand new Mazda3.

i'll be paying for it for a long time, but what sold me on it is that the warranty is going to last as long as i'll be making payments. i saw several nice used cars (hondas, nissans, toyotas) but the mileage was a little high and the warranties were almost always close to being up.

but brandasa has a point too, a used honda that only had one owner could be a great option. if you are buying from an owner you'll have to figure out your own financing and do a lot more of the legwork when it comes to registration and all that, but otherwise it could be a good option.

i can vouch for the fact that hondas definitely last, because the car i just replaced is a 1993 Accord, and it still runs!

 

 

 

If you look really hard you can always find really good used cars with few miles.  I bought a used toyota matrix with only 7,000 miles.  It cost me more than your average used car, but it was nothing compared to if i had bought the car new. 

It already had a warrany, and they added a second backup warranty.  I bought it in 05 and the warranty is good until 2012. 

Just look around, and haggle haggle haggle!!!!  You can usually always get them to give you a better price. 

Oh and if you can try your best to look uninterested in what they show you, they tend to try and give you a better deal.  That's how i got the backup warranty for nothing!

Toyota! We just bought a new Corolla and it's the best. We've also had other new cars in the past. As well as a couple that were pre-owned.  A new Ford Mustang, Camaro, and Ford Taurus.  Pre-owned Crown Vic Ford v-8 and Nissan Sentra.

The Mustang was fantastic but the insurance was out of control. My husband had a new Camaro, but the insurance was insane. We bought opted out of the sporty new cars to save due to the insurance payments. Trading the Camaro across for the Taurus. We could afford the car payments, but it was a big saving on insurance. So we moved on to the Taurus and Crown Vic. The Taurus had to be traded in because it had all sorts of  minor problems. It was under warranty, but we were constantly taking it in for problems. Locks, windows, a/c, ect. Nothing under the hood but stuff that will tweak you about a new car. So we traded it for a Pre-owned Sentra. We figured if we were having used car problems on a new car... TRADE IT for ONE! Lol

The Nissan Sentra only had 25,000 miles and was 8k and super cheap insurance. So it wasn't a car we ' wanted ' but it was super affordable. We traded it in before it dinged 80,000 miles. No problems ever.

We were only trying to sale the Mustang for $14,000 dollars. That was selling it with no profit just getting what I still owed. It only had 13,300 miles. Nobody would buy it from us. We ran all sorts of advertisements and people wanted it for like 5-8 k, cheap s.o.b.'s. It was a brand new car that year. We ended up selling it back to the dealership. The dealership would give us more than actual people. It was insane. We had a 1,000 loss on it. But.. we could appreciate the insurance savings due to selling it. ( Because we were paying out nearly $800 in insurance a month... not including the payment just insurance. They were racking us. >_< )

( The Crown Vic ended up being destroyed due to bad weather.So we didn't get to drive it as long as we'd hoped we would. It was a goner but fantastic car. In Oklahoma Tornado season can total a car due to hail,winds, flooding, ect. Lol That's why you have to have good insurance! Full coverage is a must to us. New or Used. Hahaa)

 Now.. We just bought a new Corolla S and love it. Of course. It suits us perfectlyand it's so dependable/comfortable.  Lol ) My advice is to make sure you can afford the insurance payments. Who cares what the car payment is when your insurance is double the payment!

My husband wants a bike to drive so that's something we're considering one as a second transportation now. ( All guys want a ninja bike?! I dunno. ) That's why we bought a car that catered to my likes. I have no problem taking on the Corolla while he sports a ninja bike in the near future. Lol.

I suggest staying away from anything sporty until you're old enough the insurance is cheap! I also suggest calling your insurance company in advance before buying cars so you can get their quotes and compare. New Cars are great! Sometimes it's just annoying because sure they're under warranty, but how often should you have to take it in?! Lol  We've had luck with  Pre-Owned Too though!

I say go with either a Toyota or Nissan or Honda, but get a new one...there is no need nowadays to get those big cars...if you can afford one of those Scions...go ahead and get one brand new.  Nissan has the Versa, and Honda is a bit on the expensive side, but their Civics and the Fit are good. 

I recommend Toyota's Scion line. as a mechanic...I can tell you that the Japanese cars are the easiest to work on, and the cheapest to repair.  As far as pre-owned cars...they are ok, but I'm a believer in "NEW" when it comes to cars unless I get to examine them, and test drive them.  If you can do that then there is no problem buying used.  when you breach the 40,000 mile range for a used car...you're getting into the repair stage...I suggest you don't get a car past 35,000 Miles.  There are hundreds of problem with cars nowadays, and it will be hard to see them from a simple test drive...it's very difficult.  The number one complaint is "Noise". make sure you LISTEN to the car you are buying...tell the sales man in the car with you to shut up so you can hear and feel the car.  listen for rattles, tire to road noise, grinding noises, and overall feel of the car.  this is the best start towards getting a used car..."Listening"

by the way...tell your husband to shy away from the "Ninja's".  He's better off getting a GSXR600 - 750...I have the 600 and it's faster than the 750 two years ago, but they are super super light, and very very stable.  Suzuki is the way to go for a good bike.

Thanks, Eddie.  I'll pass that on to him. He wants something that's sporty, fast, and light. Lol. Of course. I'd like to get it right the first time around so we don't have to go through the hassel of trading one back in .. and selling one to buy another ect. So the advice is a truly appreciated.

I bought a new car. I love my little Nissan Versa sedan, but with every fee in the world tacked on, my 16K car ended up costing me 20K. Nearly everything is under warentee which is nice, and has come in handy on a few occassions but,  if you get a certified pre owned, those vehicles are under warentee as well.

If I could do it again, I'd get a certified Pre-owned. I had to pay doc fees since it was imported, and I had to pay nearly full sticker, plus every little add on was a pain. And with every little scratch I get, my heart sinks. If you are a new driver, I'd def go with the pre-owned.

I guess its personal preference, but if you get a warentted certified pre-owned vehicle from a reliable dealer, you should be good. I hear Saturn dealers are the best to work with. No arguing with them. But def go with a Japanese made car. They run forever.

Original Post by x17star17x:

And with every little scratch I get, my heart sinks.

 i am SOOO scared of something happening to my car! someone told me i should just go scratch it somewhere myself to get the anxiety of the first scratch out of the way haha

every time i park it i want to surround it in cones! :p

Original Post by enchantingimage:

Thanks, Eddie.  I'll pass that on to him. He wants something that's sporty, fast, and light. Lol. Of course. I'd like to get it right the first time around so we don't have to go through the hassel of trading one back in .. and selling one to buy another ect. So the advice is a truly appreciated.

 The right time to buy is now, because of the winter sales they have going on.

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by x17star17x:

And with every little scratch I get, my heart sinks.

 i am SOOO scared of something happening to my car! someone told me i should just go scratch it somewhere myself to get the anxiety of the first scratch out of the way haha

every time i park it i want to surround it in cones! :p

 lol...I didn't want to say anything, but....I backed the Ferarri into my sisters car lastnight...lol...not much damage, but I get the parts in on Friday...luckily the paint is perfect...I just have to replace one little piece, and it's all good.

 

cars are a pain in the butt. that's why I love my bike.

So true. My mother bought a Nissan Versa Sedan last spring. It was totalled by a hail storm... It was fully covered by insurance, but she was so upset by it all. Even though insurance covered it  and she could've just bought the same thing...She went and bought a new truck instead. She was so tired of fretting over ' a car.' She said having a truck is easier on her nerves.

Original Post by jules817:

Original Post by x17star17x:

And with every little scratch I get, my heart sinks.

 i am SOOO scared of something happening to my car! someone told me i should just go scratch it somewhere myself to get the anxiety of the first scratch out of the way haha

every time i park it i want to surround it in cones! :p

 LOL!!! That's hilarious.

Shoot. We were driving home on Friday night and saw the car infront of us in the left lane ram the car in the right lane off the road! It was insane. Then,... He just kept driving as if whatever.

We followed the rammed car into the gas station and gave him the tag number of the suv that hit him.

 I mean.. Every time I've ever hit someone I've paid out of my pocket to fix it for them. That way we could handle it without having to deal with the insurace company raising our rates.  I'm the type of person that wants to do right by others though.  So...It's only fair everyone else has to pay too! Of course. It would never occure to me to just keep driving!

I've heard people say "I tapped someone's car parking. It didn't hurt there car so I didn't leave a note. " I've thought and said" oooh. You're one of those people that put dings in other peoples chit, huh.... Okay... I got you pegged now. Park in the street when you come over to my house. I don't want you anywhere near my car with your car." Lol.  Of course. Tapping someone and ramming someone are a far cry from each other.

I think I would hurt someone if the intentionally rammed me.

I have a new Corolla, and love it.

Now is the time to buy new.  You can get 0% APR financing, which you usually can't get with used cars.

My family have bought both new and used GM cars for about thirty years and have always been pleased.  We've owned buick, chevy, GMC, and pontiac... all great cars in my experience (especially my beloved pontiac station wagon which we got when I was two years old, almost never saw the inside of a shop, and finally died at the ripe old age of 15).  I would recommend used (cars depreciate so quickly that it doesn't usually make financial sense to buy new), but I'd try to find something in the <15,000 mile range if possible.  Sometimes you can purchase former dealer's vehicles (such as my 2001 cavalier that met its end while my big brother was at the wheel) or former rental cars for good deals on well-treated cars.

Original Post by purespark:

Now is the time to buy new.  You can get 0% APR financing, which you usually can't get with used cars.

this is true....but from what i saw the 0% APR is only for a short term loan, which makes the payments per month go WAY up. great deal if you've got the cash though for sure!

Original Post by enchantingimage:

 

 I mean.. Every time I've ever hit someone I've paid out of my pocket to fix it for them.

Umm... how often would that be?  ;)

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