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Old 06-27-2008, 11:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Auburn, NH
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Wicked Wanda - '99 VW Beetle GLS
90 day: 29.59 mpg (US)

Green Monster - '99 Ford Explorer Sport
90 day: 16.73 mpg (US)

Dad's Taxi - '99 Honda Odyssey EX
90 day: 24.23 mpg (US)
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$3000 Hmmm.

I did a quick search on autotrader for sedans and wagons in your area. Not much there. Check out craigslist daily.

Check out a couple of local car auctions that are open to the public:

Nevada Public Auto Auction

Your cash will go further there. You'll usually pay 25-50% under retail, but you need a good eye for condition. Hondas and Toyotas ALWAYS cost more than other brands, even in poor condition. You should be able to get into a decent 2000-2002 small sedan for $3K. Also consider the smaller 5 passenger Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager for those years. I know 3 friends who consistently get 28-30 mpg on the highway with them, and talk about room.


A 30 day subscription to CARFAX ($29.95) is worth it's weight in gold!

I phoned in the VIN to my daughter sitting at the computer and she'd tell me the history. I avoided a couple of really nice LOOKING cars that had long expensive repair histories.

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