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I am seriously looking to buy a car right now.
Toyotas are pretty cheap cars, used! I found a 2001 Celica with ~110k on it for $6000. It's also pretty.
But alas I know nothing about cars and don't know what kinds of things to look for. I'll be heading to dealerships soon, I don't like private party sales.
The prospect of having a car seems very exciting though.
Buy a crown vic brah
buy a truck
put truck balls on it
and drag my balls around XDDDD
No really though
When looking at used cars do I want imports? I heard Hondas and Toyotas are easy and cheap to maintain and can get good miles with good care
Fuck, I want a crown vic, but Sweden :(
Fuck crown vics, I always think it's a cop driving when I see one; it's even worse at night
All the crown vics I can find on CL are dirt cheap.
I never got the deal with hatchbacks, I think they're ugly in 80% of cars. Makes it look like a windowed hearse.
I've taken the Beetle on a pretty long trip today...
...to the hospital near my sister's house to see my new niece :D
Teach it to like car's
IT IS YOUR MISSION
I just got a Nissan 240SX. Relatively cheap parts and cheap repair. Rear-wheel drive, doriftu awesomeness. I got a 5-speed with KA24E. Used and new engines for this car are cheap and easy to find. I found an SR20DET for $500, it's that low
For $1,000-2,000 you can get a decent S13 or S14. With your $6,000 you can get an already-reinforced Silvia, (around where I live $3,000 is the average for a decent '93 or '95). It's your decision though.
I want at least a 2000 or higher car (in year, not price.) Not for aesthetic reasons, it's my first car and I'm not expecting a Lamborghini in looks, but because the older the car the more prone to maintenance it is (something I don't know a whole lot about and after the purchase won't have a lot of income to fund)
There's a lot of things I can do with $1000 like help with legal fees or pay for my local college tuition. If basic transport is all you're looking for, then might I suggest an older car. Don't get Celica just for looks, you can get performance for cheaper
I did find a Honda Prelude for $6995 with 66k miles on it. 1995 Special Edition. This was the first car to catch my eye. Those any good?
I should mention the only drawback:
It's gold. I don't like gold.
Nissan cars are master race
Gimme a couple models to run through dealers and CL.
I mean, I am a total Honda guy, but that's the ugliest Honda they made since forever, it's a great platform and all but still...
Even if you enjoy the butt ugly front end on that generation of Prelude, you're still getting fucked for 2 grand at the least.
I just looked, $5000 can get you a mint-condition 240SX fastback with an R32 Skyline, (RB20) engine in it here in Los Angeles. 40,000 miles mind you.
Driving around the neighbor that the DMV does the road tests, Road testee stops at stop sign and we all know you have to fucking do the entire alphabet in your head to count it as a full stop. Anyway some asshole who is probably the typical person to roll through a stop sign at 10-15mph starts beeping the second he starts slowing down. (I was car behind the asshole).
It's pretty fucking obvious it's a road test when even the sign ontop of the car says "DRIVERS SCHOOL"
That's why I come to this subforum because people know their shit and I can make an informed purchase.
Opinions on buying from private parties on CL? My dad says it's not ideal because "no car will come with a warranty, you don't get your 3 day right of recission, etc..."
But dealerships are assholes, this I know.
Craigslist is fine, just know what you are looking at. I buy and trade cars on there all the time, it's how I got the Corvette, two of my CRXs that I had, my EJ1, etc..
Bought/traded tons of cars on there.
That's what I thought. And IIRC the right of recission is only for loans.
So I guess I'm looking at Nissans and Hondas.
I would of course bring a mechanic to look at it.
When license plates/VINs are hidden and it seems too good to be true, I get worried. Even had a car going for 2k under KBB price, but it was a salvage title and probably had a bent frame. (they said it was only radiator and bumper damage which in 99% of cases I'm pretty sure isn't totalling a car)
I got my car from an auction
It's kind of a gamble, but after ~6 months of owning it there haven't been any major problems
There's nothing wrong at all with craigslist