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Old 12-17-2018, 02:49 PM
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Well it’s been 60 years since a bought a used car. Ive been checking the classifieds here and on craigslist, inserting by owner The Villages. I found several reasonable looking cars in $4000 to $7500 range that go from !998 to 2005. So my question is has anyone else looked for and purchased such cars and how did you make out.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:12 PM
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Is all in the mileage and the odds. Most vehicles in the 50 -65K range need brakes and struts, Most approaching 90-100K need plugs and coil packs. Of those repairs most people will only repair the brakes when they squeal and the plugs/coils only when the engine light comes on. The struts are very rarely replaced.

If you factor these costs into an inexpensive car it's still pretty affordable at the price point you are looking at.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:26 PM
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If you go a few more bucks, you can get a 2-3 year old car from Hertz. A 15 to 20 year old car is pretty old.

We bought a little Nissan Versa Note from them and have been very happy.

https://www.hertzcarsales.com/all-in...3&geoRadius=75

Here is a good example at $9600, a 2017 with 40k miles:

https://www.hertzcarsales.com/certif...95fbd5c9e1.htm
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:26 PM
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I would stay away from Craig's List, that's a good way to get scammed, robbed or killed. Buying from the classifies probably would be OK as long as they live in TV.

I look for cars using Autotrader, the last 4 cars I bought I found on that site. You can set your search for example, 100 mile radius, price $8000 to $12000, brand, model, mileage, etc.

Then I look at Yelp.com to see reviews for that dealer. Main thing is to find a dealer that doesn't add dealer fees. For example, a Hyundai from Jenkins has $899 added in dealer fees, from Hyundai of Central Florida in Clermont has zero dealer fees. There are other sites such as dealerrater.com, but I found reviews are more honest on Yelp.

My most recent car was a new Hyundai Kona and it was $3300 cheaper in Clermont than at Jenkins. Besides price, on Yelp Hyundai of Central Florida had great reviews as far as the dealer itself in customer service. On Autotrader click on advanced search and you can put in parameters of your search.

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After you find the car at the right dealer, go to Kelly Bluebook and find what your trade is worth and what you should pay for the car you're buying.

Carmax in Orlando is a good company for used cars. I sold two cars in different years to Carmax in Baltimore and they paid me exactly the KBB wholesale price. Carmax has a large inventory and they are all over the country. They can bring a car from another Carmax if it fits your needs.

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There is an Automax in Ocala, it's a different company and I don't know anything about them. Looking at their place, they have far fewer cars than Carmax dealer would have.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:37 PM
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Thanks guys all good advice. Mileage I’ve been looking at goes to 129k
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:30 PM
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Well it’s been 60 years since a bought a used car. Ive been checking the classifieds here and on craigslist, inserting by owner The Villages. I found several reasonable looking cars in $4000 to $7500 range that go from !998 to 2005. So my question is has anyone else looked for and purchased such cars and how did you make out.
With 30 plus years in the automobile business I can tell you stay away from the used car dealerships here, I’ve actually bought a few cars here in the villages, if you use Craigslist make your keyword the villages in your search. Car fax and,wwwkBB. Com is a good way to figure the value of what your buying but only use it as a private party sale. If you need assistance feel free to contact me it’ll be my good deed for the week. I won’t charge you for helping.
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The last villager I helped buy a new Benz saved over 4K
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:55 AM
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Thanks guys all good advice. Mileage I’ve been looking at goes to 129k
Check if the car has a timing belt. Most timing belts need to be replaced around 100,000 miles. Depending on the car this be very expensive.
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Old 12-18-2018, 05:53 AM
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No matter what year you buy....always have an independent mechanic check it out for you.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:14 AM
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Check out this link: Access Denied
Toyota stopped using timing best years ago but Honda still uses them a lot.
Big fan of auto trader.
Have you considered a low cost lease with no money down?
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:37 AM
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I purchased a used car that I saw on Autotrader. I also purchased the Carfax report for the car in addition to taking to the dealer for an inspection.
Carfax was very helpful it provided;
Title history.
How many owners.
How many accidents.
Water damage.
Maintenance history.
Odometer reading.
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