BUYING a car from a used car dealer? (Vancouver)


godsend
#1
If you have any previous (bad/good) experiences, plz share with us? Any tips, advices, or anything that would alert my awareness would be appreciated.


cheers!
 
bevvyd
#2
godsend, if you check the Vancouver (or surround area) yellow pages under Automotive there is a huge section on the do's and don'ts of buying new or used. Alot of good advise. Toyota dealerships have a wonderful philosophy, the price you see is the price you pay.

Good luck.
 
Reverend Blair
#3
I like to crawl around in a back alley with frozen toes and fingers, buy something, then find out what needs to fixed later. That's not good car-buying advice, but it does keep your mechanical learning curve growing.

If you can buy something with a warranty, that's generally good. Get the warranty in writing. Try to go to a new car dealer instead of a strictly used dealer. Do a lien search. Get a mechanic to check it out.
 
snoproblem
#4
And don't forget to check the VIN history, this could be very important.
 
Jay
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by godsend

If you have any previous (bad/good) experiences, plz share with us? Any tips, advices, or anything that would alert my awareness would be appreciated.


cheers!

I have had great experiences buying used Seabrings off the lot that people get rid of after their three year lease runs out. I bought my last one for under 15K (I think) with 45k and it. I bought a 2 year extended warranty and I havenít had to use it. I must admit, Iím very partial to these cars.
 
mrmom2
#6
Dodge ohhh please say it aint so Jay My wife rented one of those nice ride but that small gas tank was a pain in the *** had to fill up three time just to get down to the coast and back Dodge
 
Reverend Blair
#7
My brother in-law is a Dodge mechanic. He drives a Chevy. That pretty much tells you how reliable Dodges are.
 
Jay
#8
Hmmm, I take ours north for holidays and from London to well past Northbay, takes just under a tank of gas. It has to be well over 600k...

It is a nice ride, but I want a 300M, or the 300. Maybe next time.
 
Jay
#9
Chrysler makes the best sedans on the road right now, or at least the best ones normal people can drive.
 
mrmom2
#10
Jay wants a pimp mobile you going to get that with spinners too :P I almost bought one of those instead of my chevy .The kids are just ti young and would trash the back seat so i'll have to wait .I'm still shooting for that mercedes though
 
Jay
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

I'm still shooting for that mercedes though

Like I said before...your going to have to clean a lot of mills to be able to afford one of those!
 
Reverend Blair
#12
Quote:

Chrysler makes the best sedans on the road right now, or at least the best ones normal people can drive.

That'd be Toyota or Honda, Jay. Chrysler is down somewhere below Kia.
 
mrmom2
#13
Hey i'm working on it
 
Jay
#14
Toyota and Honda are over priced.
 
Reverend Blair
#15
Are they? Then how come they are making a profit while the big three are in the toilet? If they were over-priced wouldn't their sales drop?
 
Jay
#16
You can often make more money by raising prices and selling less....

I had a look at their prices when I was in the market, and they were priced outside of reach for me. The main selling point on a lot of their vehicles is they tend to hold their value, whereas other manufactures vehicle prices plummet when it's time to resell them.
 
bevvyd
#17
Hmm looks like we need a automotive forum.
 
MMMike
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by bevvyd

Hmm looks like we need a automotive forum.

 
MMMike
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

Quote:

Chrysler makes the best sedans on the road right now, or at least the best ones normal people can drive.

That'd be Toyota or Honda, Jay. Chrysler is down somewhere below Kia.

Holy cow I actually agree with the Rev. Chrysler's got the style, but I'd go for 'boring' Toyotas or Hondas anyday.
 
Jay
#20
You mean over priced boring Toyotas and Hondas....
 
MMMike
#21
With all the repair costs on the domestics, which one is really overpriced?
 
Jay
#22
They come with a warranty.....

I've got a Seabring with 80k on it and I have had to replace one head light, and a wiper. Not bad, I think.
 
Reverend Blair
#23
Have you ever experienced "limp-mode", Jay? That's the mode your Chrysler product goes into when the transmission fails so you can drive to the nearest dealership and get a new transmission.

That's right, their transmissions have such a high rate of failure that they had to build in something called "limp mode".
 
Jay
#24
I haven't experienced it myself....sounds like a good idea to put that mode in though.

I will have to look into it, but I haven't heard of any complaints about these lines of cars.
 
no1important
#25
Toyota and Honda make quality and they are more reliable than anything the former Big 3 produce.
 
TenPenny
#26
Good old Chrysler. Guy at work just brought home a magnum (last week); if you fill it up with gas, it floods itself and can barely be started. They're going to replace the gas tank. And the dashboard doesn't switch from miles to km properly, so the whole central dash unit has to be replaced.

But it's only a week old, so what do you expect?

Unfortunately, from Chrysler, I don't expect anything else.

Quality? what did you say? I'm sorry, I didn't hear you.
 
godsend
#27
many THANKS to all of you!!

mErry cHristmas!!
 

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