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Old 04-26-2011, 10:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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But it's still possible to find high mpg for cheap, you just have to be very patient (and most likely willing to compromise on new-ness and such). I did eventually get my HX for relatively cheap, and it's supposed to be an excellent platform. It's just old. :P


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Old 04-27-2011, 01:12 AM   #22 (permalink)
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That's due to the fact that kbb doesn't account for the market in which the vehicle is being sold. Buy a not- so-high mippig car and mod it. Save money.
Yeah, there are a lot of sleeper MPG-platforms out there just waiting to be modded.

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Old 04-28-2011, 04:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Interesting to read that you are having this trend going too.

Before 2000 here you had ton to choose with around 100 euros, inspection done and roadworthy cars, that would last year or maybe even two.

Today, such cars seem to cost around 1000 euros, some can be found for around 500 but nothing like 10 years ago.

I think there are few reasons, eco campaigns that are really new car sales boosting, in those older good cars are crushed and not even good parts are reused.
Fuel prices have gone up, so there is higher demand for small cheap to run cars.
Then rot problem is taking care of all the simple and good cars and they add more salt to roads and plan to ban it from table (well that is what I'm afraid of at least).
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Some people purchase cars just for their obsession and sell it within a short period of time at cheap rates. It is always better to research and check for any defects prior to purchase of any used cars, also make sure that these cars are available in an affordable rate. One has to even make sure the he procures all the documents properly before acquiring the car.
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Just throwin this in there... The market is up right now, way up. My dad owns a car lot, Auto Stop, and he claims dealers are paying retail or close to it for almost anything. I don't know how this affects all of the little things like Junkers so to speak. Gas maybe? Dad thinks the abnormality will be over sometime soon though.. We can Only hope though right.
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Right now is the time to buy, though. Recession has been awesome for used car prices, they're dropping since those needing to sell cars are willing to let them go at lower prices. I've seen some great deals on various classics come and go due to this.
Please excuse me for being late to the party, I did not even have a car when this discussion went on, and it was not until I had a Forester with $4 gas that I was concerned with more than just driving conservatively.

In 2,007, I hit an elk in my 1990 Accord and my dad sold me his 2,002 Focus for $3,000. Three months later, a truck hit it and I bought a 1997 Nissan Altima from a dealership for $3,400 with under 100,000 miles.

Here is a 1998 Altima with 126,000 miles from a private party for $3,000: 1998 Nissan Altima and another with 109,000 miles for $4,990: Cars for Sale: 1998 Nissan Altima in PHOENIX, AZ 85027: Sedan Details - 342384674 - AutoTrader.com

People are always telling me that everyone is purchasing used cars because they cannot afford new ones.

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If the cars are good and less used, people are ready to pay for higher prices. After all buying a new one is still far off expensive then a used one.
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Cash for clunkers hurt everyone there. Used cars are going WAY up in value. I was hoping to pick up a 2000-2003 Focus for <$1000 for a winter rat. The only ones I can find are ones that have blown engines or other major faults.

When I went to buy a used car a few years ago, I couldn't find one with UNDER 50,000 miles and 3 years for LESS THAN $15K. So, I went to a ford dealer and got a new one for $12000 ...

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