So I'm gunna buy a used car...

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I need a ride for only about 2 years while i'm stabilizing the finances & credit & whatnot. I have a coupla options here:

1) is it better to go for a cheaper, older car that I can pay off quicker (say, a '96 Buick Le Sabre for like $4,000)

or!

2) do i got for a newer model(like a '03-'04 Grand Am or a Chevy Impala) which has twice the cost and not as much mileage, in the hopes that it will give me less headaches, maintenance-wise?

I check the VIN on the old car, and it has a clean history. I'm thinking of going with the older one, since I can pay it off quicker. What say you, unwashed masses?

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

i would do the older one.

Ms Misery (MsMisery), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:05 (fifteen years ago) link

is the lesabre a hard top?

whoop de doodle (kenan), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:05 (fifteen years ago) link

i'd try and find a cololla or a camry.

grady (grady), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Ice cream truck with bear.

nklshs (nklshs), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:10 (fifteen years ago) link

le sabre's a hard top. my current car lease is up on thursday, so i'm pretty much only going thru any dealership i'd be turning the lease into, in the hopes that i'd get a better deal. Thus my limited choices.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:10 (fifteen years ago) link

i see.

if its for two years, go with the cheaper one.

also, find out how long its been on the lot.

grady (grady), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

about a week or less, they didn't even have the full printed up paperwork yet.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a really really cheap old car, so if it is going to cost a lot of money to get fixed, I would just get rid of it and buy a new car (my car cost less than £200). I don't travel very far in it though, and I've only ever once had to do this. If I'd bought an expensive car, I guess it would still need fixed every so often.

(actually, you don't have a really stringent thing like our MoT tests over there, do you? That's the killer for my pocket, but I guess even new cars cost a bit to get through)

ailsa_xx (ailsa_xx), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link

what do these tests involve?

grady (grady), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

My homestate of Oregon has an emissions test thing, which the car has passed repeatedly(thank you Carfax).

Also, there's the old line about how a $2000 car is REAL different than $1000 car.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:19 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.motester.co.uk/cog.html

Scroll down and be afraid (or glad you aren't in the UK driving a crappy old car)

ailsa_xx (ailsa_xx), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

how?

you can't guarntee the newer car won't have problems too. and if it does you could be stuck with fixing those and still paying on it. payments sux.

Ms Misery (MsMisery), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

alisa, that looks like what we have in hawaii. they do a fifty-point check on everything from your tire treads, to your rear view mirrors and brake pads. emissions, too.

its a racket to get you into the shop once a year and have to spend money on maitenence so your car can not just be running smoothly, but be running LEGALLY.

i took my beater to this place with the rolling stones tongue logo on their sign. dude asked me to flip my turn signals on, step on the brake and flash my headlights, charged me my $20, and game me my PASS form.

grady (grady), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, I was sure we had a thread on the other ILX and everyone was like "haha, you Britishes have to spend so much money keeping your cars on the road and you can't just get some slacker to pass it without doing all the checks, suckers".

Maybe I made that up.

ailsa_xx (ailsa_xx), Monday, 27 November 2006 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i have a '94 olds i'm selling for $400.

deep space nine, Monday, 27 November 2006 20:21 (fifteen years ago) link

^^^ Wow! ^^^

You can't really go wrong with a Buick LeSabre. Generally speaking they are owned by the little old lady crowd and haven't experienced much abuse. Chances are also good the car you're considering whiled away most of it's hours in a nice comfortable garage away from the elements. LeSabres come with a solid reputation for reliability, good performance, a comfortable ride and gas mileage in the high 20s. I've owned three and traded them when they got to about 170k miles. None of them ever left me stranded. Pretty solid rides they were. good luck!

Wench (jim wentworth), Monday, 27 November 2006 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

that's funny, there's a Portland-area Chevy dealer named Wentworth.

Anyhoo, the car has 90K-odd miles, and actually was owned by an old couple, so says the auto guy. Hopefully, they can finance me with my damaged credit. Guy says he's going to run the numbers today and get back to me tonight.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

what kind of down payment are you looking at?

grady (grady), Monday, 27 November 2006 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link

less than a grand.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 20:49 (fifteen years ago) link

aside rom making sure that the car's never been in a registered accident by looking up the vin (which you already did right?), paying a mechanic you trust fifty bucks to give the thing a serious going-over is the best thing to do.

both these things i have learned by NOT doing them, and getting stuck with such shitty cars and giving various mechanics a LOT of $$, so that eventually i just bought a new pick-up truck -- which is really dumb too just based on depreciation, but i don't plan on ever getting rid of it so maybe it's a'ight in the long run (besides it's paid off).

yetimike, Monday, 27 November 2006 21:00 (fifteen years ago) link

VIN check is done and clear. coughed up money to Carfax for that. I've only lived in this town for two years so there are no mechanics here i trust.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Kingfish, try Sho's on 52nd & Steele. I searched around for mechanics in Portland forever, but then was recommended to Sho's by a friend. They're the only mechanic I've used in the last five years.

righteousmaelstrom (righteousmaelstrom), Monday, 27 November 2006 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

ohh dude you're in portland?! ok, me too.

PIEREN'S on killingsworth, right next to beaterville -- awesome people (came with multiple solid friend-recommendations) super cheap.

not gonna be there forever due to the ongoing albina-ization of killingsworth, however.

yetimike, Monday, 27 November 2006 22:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks for the recommendations. i'm probably going to stop by the dealership later tonight to have them run my numbers; dealer guy said they could probably get me at 24 months for under $200, which is all i was looking for.

All's i need is this thing to get me from NE to hillsboro & back everyday for the next two years. That's it.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Monday, 27 November 2006 22:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Ok, so I bought the buick. My int. rate is hilariously high, but they got the payments low enough.

This thing is a boat. You're all invited for a ride, since I can fit about 8-10 ilxors in here. lol car is hueg.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:35 (fifteen years ago) link

next step:

makeout session in back seat.

grady (grady), Thursday, 30 November 2006 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

This thing is a boat. You're all invited for a ride, since I can fit about 8-10 ilxors in here. lol car is hueg.

it's as big as a whale, and it's about to set sail?

durdt bagge stijl (get bent), Thursday, 30 November 2006 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i believe that was a Chrysler.

grady (grady), Thursday, 30 November 2006 19:51 (fifteen years ago) link


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