Do you think a 2005 car is too old? (81,000 miles)
No that age is fine. The condition is the most important thing with a car that age. Mileage does matter, but not as much as overall condition. 81,000 for a car that age is low mileage. If it was kept up well, it might be worth looking into.If you don't know how to check out cars, it might be worth paying a mechanic to go through it. I've sold several cars to people who had a mechanic check it. Any seller should be OK with you doing that.Also, keep in mind that it's possible to set back the odometer.
Very good tip, thanks. I had no idea it’s possible to change the mileage!
That’s a good way to think about it!
I really hate today's cars with all their computers and shit.Besides it cost about 10-15 grand to restore a car at a professional shop (I do it myself even cheaper) and how much is a brand new car. Who's saving more money? The person like me that buys junky old cars and fixes them up or the person that buys a new car for like 30-50 grand. I have my car paid off in a year or less. The other person what 7 years of payments
7 years sounds about right!
Big money saving tip right there
And no interest payments
Wow thanks for the MHO. I never would have thought I would get one when talking about old cars to a lady. Thanks Flower7
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Whats wrong with buying cars right now?
Well you buying new or used? I assume by you question, used. It's just with the pandemic it has affected supply of new cars. Less new cars means less new cars sold. Less new cars sold mean less trade-ins which means less supply of used cars. And the used cars are being bought by those who'd buy new ( theoretically) which drives up price because the supy is smaller and the demand is higher ( theoretically) i's needed a different car for the last 14 months. I've been looking and the price has went up each month. Prices are so I've said no thank you. You don't agree?
Sorry I should have proofread what I typed. I hope you got most of what I said. Lol
That’s probably true. I just started car shopping very recently, so I haven’t t really noticed those things yet. And yes, I prefer a used car.
An auction is a great idea to find a car at a lower cost!
@Flower7 NOT... necessarily. Auctions have their good eggs, but you get a lot that comes through there with blown head gaskets, intermittent working transmissions and all kinds of issues. You REALLY need to know what to look for if you are going to go to sale (Auction) to purchase a daily driver. I used to sell cars for a living, so I would know. If one is going to venture that far to buy a vehicle, one BETTER BE READY to take it to a reliable shop and expect the possibility of a disappointing phone call.
@Interstate Good to know, thanks for the tip!(TWSS)
Sometimes I get nervous about buying cars that old because it can be hard to get replacement parts for them if they ever need it.
What about 16 years old? I’ve seen a nice 2005 with just 81,000 miles. The year makes me nervous, but the mileage is fabulous.
Now that would depend on the make of the car & how well it was maintained. Any rust?
It looks nice from the outside. I didn’t see any rust. It’s a Mercedes.
If your serious about this car I would get a mechanic friend to take a good look at it. Make sure you won't have any surprises later.
How could you know their habits?
@Flower7Some ocd car owners keep a record of when they do all oil changes & the other car maintenance.
how can you know? you ask them... lolas @Gagname pointed out, you could ask a couple of basic questions and quickly figure out if they even gave the car a basic and regular maintenance or not
@NathanDavis I’ve never bought a car directly from the previous owner. Always from a dealership.
with a dealership... I'd rather lease a vehicle
Great tip, thanks!