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        06-13-2014, 10:14 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Get something basic.

    I bought my 05 Kia Rio for $2000 off Craigslist. It is a basic 5 speed and is going to go forever.

    Provided you know enough not to get screwed over in a deal, you would benefit a lot from going to a private buyer. I also saw a lot of cars in lots for around 3k too, and if you can work out a payment plan maybe on something used that would be good.

    Is there anyone you know with an extra car you could borrow?
         
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        06-13-2014, 10:17 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Just saw you found one, congrats on it and good luck.
         
        06-13-2014, 10:18 PM
      #13
    Trained
    All my vehicles except for one were bought private party. I've only been burned once buying private party and it was partially my fault. I was in a hurry to get some sort of transportation, the car was the right price, and I thought I'd be able to replace it sooner than I was able to.

    My parents just bought me a 1986 Ford Escort GT with 40K original miles on it from a private party on Craigslist for $2000. It had been sitting in a storage unit for ten years (guy bought the contents of the unit, sight unseen), so my dad and uncle (uncle is a master mechanic) replaced all the belts and hoses, as well as put new tires on it. My brother detailed it and it looks brand new. The interior is immaculate, the paint is close to perfect, the body is straight (one crease in a front fender...hardly anything to write home about), and the engine is perfect. I get 30+ MPG and it's fun to drive. I do need to get it tinted and have my dad fix the AC (there's a small leak in it, but it should be easy to fix).

    My point is, deals are out there. You just have to be patient.

    As far as the rims and tires being put on the day before you bought the car. Were you made aware that there had been new rims and tires put on it that you were paying for before you signed your contract? Were you given the option to NOT have the new rims put on? The one vehicle I bought from a dealership (happened to be the dealership I worked for) had $1500 worth of new Cooper Discoverer tires put on it right before I bought it. I made sure that I did not pay for those tires, as I had not okay'd the switch (there was nothing wrong with the old tires).
         
        06-13-2014, 10:27 PM
      #14
    Teen Forum Moderator
    No, I think I'm mis-wording this. The rims aren't new, the tires are. However, I was NOT told about the warranty I paid for that covers damages if I dent the rims/a tire blows out within a certain amount of time. Still crummy, but too late now I guess >.> that's what I get for not questioning the fee.

    I wanted to wait and keep looking, but truth be told I know zero about cars. You could sell me a piece of junk and I wouldn't know. My dad knows a bit, uncle knows a decent amount since he was a mechanic for a few years, so I just trusted them. They said it was good, so I took it. I'm not sure it was a good idea but I guess what is done is done. I just hope it doesn't come back to bite me.

    Next car, when I have more time to look, I might look at private sale. I did consider that Focus that had 150,000 miles, but it needed a new timing belt ($800 or so), water pump ($120 or so), and didn't sound so hot when it was being turned on.

    I originally really wanted a Corolla, but in my area they sell FAST and cost a lot. I couldn't find one even close to my price range with low mileage. I really wished I'd had time to wait...I had planned to start browsing when I hit 6k in savings, but then I my Mitsubishi decided it was done and, well, I really have no one willing to let me put the miles on their car, or who will take me, to a job as far away as mine is, for as long each day as I work, 3-4 days a week.


    Eh...suffice to say, growing up stinks. And it's a bit scary.
         

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