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Old 11-28-2020, 11:35 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Hmmm back in 2013, I couldn't test drive anything with a manual they were special order only even back then. Might cause a discount or be mostly unsalable.

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Old 11-28-2020, 11:53 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I received a notification for a 2009 Camry posted two days ago. The owner is also asking $4,500. This one is 2 years older, has 30-40,000 miles fewer, is rated 1 MPG less, doesn't have any visible damage, and the owner doesn't mention any lights.

Curiously, a white Celica shows up in one picture.

A white 2001 Celica is for sale. It must be the same guy!

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Old 11-30-2020, 05:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Why not watch for a low mileage vehicle with a rebuilt title? When I bought my '16 Versa SV in Feb. 2019 it had 10,546 miles. I was on the road with purchase price ($5300), tax and tags for under $5700. The same car without a rebuilt title booked for about $9500. My wife is wanting to buy another car for her use as a daily driver in the not too distant future. We're currently keeping an eye out for another low mileage rebuild. I'd much rather have something with 10-30K miles on it for $5-6K than something with 200K+ miles. Resale value doesn't bother me since if I live long enough I'll just drive it till it wears out.
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Old 11-30-2020, 05:31 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Someone posted a 2017 Versa with a restored salvage title 5 weeks ago. They asked $6,500 with 68,000 miles: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...0284172823841/
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Has this epidemic made for better or worse used car prices?
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That is a complicated question: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/15/used...consumers.html
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Has this epidemic made for better or worse used car prices?
Seems to be generally worse. Higher prices.

I looked at another Versa a little over a week ago that had 29K miles. I could have bought it for $5300 but they did a poor job on a front end repair so we passed it up. The thing with buying rebuilt is you'll likely have to watch the market pretty closely for awhile but if you watch it long enough a good buy will likely come along. At least they do fairly often in this area. I've done some research in my area and found several independent dealers that deal in lots of rebuilt cars. Some do pretty good work others do as little as possible and it shows in the quality of their cars, yet they try to get the prices that some of the better dealers want. My wife isn't in any great hurry so we're willing to wait for the right deal. I saw an '18 Kia Rio the other week with 3K miles. If I recall correctly they were asking $5800. We didn't go look at it because I'm not too confident in Kia. Kia may be OK but I've never had much dealings with them or Hyundai. One of my cousins had a Kia she bought new. She always had it serviced regularly at the dealership and I think it had to have the transmission replaced at about 100K miles. My son's wife has a Hyundai but it's not old enough nor does it have enough miles on it to convince me of their longevity. I feel pretty confident in my Versa with the main worry being the longevity of the CVT but I plan to do fluid/filter changes every 30K miles hoping to keep it happy and on the road for many years. At least Nissan extended the warranty on the newer CVT's from 5/60-7/84 as a resolution to a class action law suit. Even mine with a rebuilt title was included in the extended warranty because I got a letter from Nissan with the VIN on it saying it was covered.

Here's a '15 Versa with 41K miles listed as excellent condition in Nashville about 60 miles from me. Their asking price is $5882. https://bgky.craigslist.org/ctd/d/na...228028429.html
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I looked at the manual Corolla this morning. The owner says that it was stolen, they recovered it, and repaired all of the mechanical damage, but it had dents all around it like someone did it on purpose.
I checked for error codes and it had three for misfires, but the check engine light was off, so I don't know what is going on there.
I didn't test-drive it, I found a mechanic that could look at it, and they couldn't get the code to return, but the struts were bad, and that would cost $500 - 600.
The owner was asking $2,200. Blue Book is $2,100 and said that she was willing to come down $200.
I told her that I drove Mom's Camry with bad struts and it was scary, so that was critical, and I offered her $1,600.
"No."
"Have fun."
I didn't expect her to agree, just make a counter-offer.
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Old 12-01-2020, 05:24 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I looked at the manual Corolla this morning. The owner says that it was stolen, they recovered it, and repaired all of the mechanical damage, but it had dents all around it like someone did it on purpose.
I checked for error codes and it had three for misfires, but the check engine light was off, so I don't know what is going on there.
I didn't test-drive it, I found a mechanic that could look at it, and they couldn't get the code to return, but the struts were bad, and that would cost $500 - 600.
The owner was asking $2,200. Blue Book is $2,100 and said that she was willing to come down $200.
I told her that I drove Mom's Camry with bad struts and it was scary, so that was critical, and I offered her $1,600.
"No."
"Have fun."
I didn't expect her to agree, just make a counter-offer.
She started at $2,200 and dropped that to $2,000 - she did her counter upfront and went straight to her final price. Sounds like a fair price especially with "New battery & starter. Newer tires and brakes."

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Old 12-01-2020, 08:05 PM   #30 (permalink)
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or less if you don't need Monroe "quality"
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