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Posted 1/21/17 , edited 1/21/17
Bought a new 2015 Dodge Dart off of the lot back in April of 2015. My previous vehicle had finally died, choked to death by the steering fluid it drank like cheap liquor. Used that vehicle to trade in, had no down payment at all, but as a "loyal customer" my father got a small amount of rebate or something. Basically I got railroaded into the car and financing because I need a car for work and they sat there and financed until I qualified barely. It had mechanical problems within the first couple months, but that was covered by the warranty.
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Posted 1/21/17 , edited 1/21/17
is it true? that tax, license, registration and document fee will be 11% of the purchase price

it doesn't cost that much to get a car in your name.. so for them to charge me $450? for doc fee?


as i read more into it.


so a 1 year old used car will lose around 27% of its purchase price while a 3 year old used will lose around 47% ?

around the same time when a car can start to have major problems too..
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Posted 1/21/17 , edited 1/21/17
I bought my first new car in cash back in 2010. I picked it because it was reasonably priced, had decent reviews, and oh my god the USB thing could take MP3 music and display kanji text on the display! Pretty sad but that sold it for me.

I went to a Ford dealer to look at their cars and I was literally left sitting in the car as the salesman went to do something else. It was so awkward. I didn't want to leave because I thought he would be right back but the longer I sat there I felt like "crap what now?" Eventually a very young and enthusiastic salesman popped in and acted like nothing happened. I didn't buy a Ford.
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Posted 1/22/17 , edited 1/22/17
I remember my first junk car sold it at the scrap for 200 now rockin the Ford Focus
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
Buy certified used Pre-Owned. Those vehicles are required to be maintained by the dealer and are cheaper than any NEW who will lose value as soon as you drive it off the lot. NEVER NEW unless you are fairly rich or can get what you want and don't care.
Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
I don't see the value in getting a new car, I got mine with 30kms from a dead guy that thought it would be smart to buy a new one.
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/24/17

soulsinferno wrote:

Buy certified used Pre-Owned. Those vehicles are required to be maintained by the dealer and are cheaper than any NEW who will lose value as soon as you drive it off the lot. NEVER NEW unless you are fairly rich or can get what you want and don't care.


you make it sounds like used cars are perfect


people who are willing to buy NEW will compose of many types

- people who want the latest safety techs in their every day car
- people who don't like to deal with problems of a used car
- people who can afford the price of a new car
etc..

i have a friend who will buy a new car every 3-4 years.. why? he use the car on a regular basis so after 4 years .. it's probably 75-80000 miles.. so he will sell the car and get a new one

"i don't want to deal with the mechanical problems of a used car"

and he's not wrong.. at least new cars owner you don't have to deal with the horror stories of mechanics/repair shops..

not many jobs will tolerate "my car broke down" excuse either..


I'm no stranger to used cars or the problems of used cars.. had to replace the starter on one car, struts, cv boots, etc..


so i have a tip for you

if you are buying Certified Used cars-- you are wasting your money.. get a friend who knows about cars or grab a mechanic you know and pay him/her $50 to go with you to check that one car you want so much.. have him/her check inside and out.. and under the car..

you can save thousands on a used cars just knowing about used cars you want or bring someone who will to a private car sale vs getting a certified used car from the dealer


they have a general article about certified used cars here
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/certified-used-cars/index.htm


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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/23/17
um.........ok
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/24/17
Buying a new car makes no sense economically speaking. For less the price of a new car you can get an immaculately maintained used car. . Going just 2-3 years old saves you 25 percent or more. While if you buy very used you can upgrade the class of your car

25000 gets you a base model mustang, but it can also get you a mid 90s acura nsx, or a last gen corvette.
in my experience the key is to never buy from a dealer, and to buy the most expensive, lowest mileage, garage kept example of what ever you choose. Only buy from people over 30, research the model you want, read up on its potential problems, and bring a mechanic.

As to features, what a lot of people don't know, is aftermarket companies make parts to upgrade any car to have many of the modern functions you expect.

In my case, 3 years ago, I got a 1992 subaru svx, in show quality condition for 4000. The svx was the most expensive car subaru ever made, so it already had a lot of modern features. Airbags, antilock brakes, projector headlights, automatic climate control etc
Then I added, an In dash GPS/ infotainment system with bluetooth audio and calling, a back-up camera, and a blind spot detection system.

So for 5000 I have an insanely rare vintage sports car with features comparable to a 27000 dollar brz
And after 3 years 45000 miles, and a new york to LA round trip it's given me no problems.
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Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/24/17
People who are so into cars make it sound so easy and cheap to do things like that, but I have seen people with old, luxury used cars that can't afford to fix them, whether in parts, labor, or a combination.
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People who are so into cars make it sound so easy and cheap to do things like that, but I have seen people with old, luxury used cars that can't afford to fix them, whether in parts, labor, or a combination.


Well yeah, too many people , go and buy an old bmw or an audi for 3k, without realizing that many local shops refuse to work on them. and that BMW dealers charge just as much to do a brake job on your old E30 as they would a new 3 series. With really old cars as a general rule its best to stick to enthusiast cars, (miata, integra, camaro corolla mini S10 etc) because aftermarket parts are more readily available.
In my case , My car has depreciated so much that I was able to buy a second one as a parts car/ winter beater, for 800 bucks, but not everyone can do that.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/24/17
there will always people are are living outside of their means..

they like to own luxury products without knowing the cost of ownership of the products or their own budget..

but you don't have to be a car enthusiast to learn that certified used cars are a ripped off.. + if you are buying used and don't know a least some basic stuff about cars.. you might ended up with a clunker..

buying new will also be the same. if you don't know about the time and available rebates.. etc..

in a way.. private or dealer sale.. people are looking to rip you off when you are buying a car ( New or Used).. so know about the products you are buying or get someone who does to complete the transaction


Valley dealer accused of fraud again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHRQSsPn7KY

the condition of the car is one thing but knowing the paperwork of what you should get from the transaction
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Posted 2/7/17 , edited 2/8/17
You can save a lot with a used car but if you don't know what you are doing. It will also give you a lot of headaches as well

http://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/how-to-avoid-buying-a-lemon-car/


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Posted 3/9/17 , edited 3/10/17
the annual auto reports for 2017 are out

Consumer Reports 2017 Top Car Brands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQC6rf_HQtw

Consumer Reports 10 Top Picks: Best Cars of 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX-HY251F0U


http://www.consumerreports.org/cars-which-car-brands-make-the-best-vehicles-2017/
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Posted 3/10/17 , edited 3/10/17

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iriomote wrote:
Be mindful of deer though, they can smell a new car from miles away.


Funny you say that....
Almost every time I've purchased a new car (especially if I've bought it outright) ... a deer almost almost tries to ram right into it. The Ford Explorer I mentioned in my last response had a near-collision with a deer when I was driving it home. I mean.. Come on, really?!.



*only a few months late*

Hate to break it to you, that is just the Ford name. My poor 2007 Ford Edge (the first "car" I bought) has meet 3 unfortunate deer. They just go suicidal at my vehicle. Its to the point if I am anywhere near trees at night, I go 20-30 mph (even if in 75 mph zones). I just put on my hazard lights. After the first 2 hits, the third did almost no damage because I was creeping along. I still swear that deer (who lived) gave me a death stare as she got up and walked away.
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