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Old 10-12-2018, 01:02 PM   #21
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Re: Process of buying a vehicle in the US

Not a lot of decent cars at reputable dealerships for $5K or less. Profit margin is too thin at those prices to do the amount or pre-sale investment that those companies will want to do to make sure they are a good car that won't break down and make the customer mad.

If you get a car for under $5K, expect that it's going to need tires, or brakes, or "something" fixed in the next 10K miles or so. It's just pretty normal for people to sell cars in that category because they don't want to spend the money to do the repair or maintenance item and are ready to get something else.

It makes sense really....why would you do all the maintenance and repairs and then immediately sell it?

So...you can get decent deals at $5K or less, but it's likely they'll need some work done before you can really put it on the road and trust it to get you there and back every day.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:08 PM   #22
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Re: Process of buying a vehicle in the US

I am pretty handy and can do a lot of repairs myself, so I am not too worried about that. I am mostly concerned with accident and service history, and the amount of miles. It's rather easy to see if a person looked after the car or not. Right now my budget is max $5000.
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I am pretty handy and can do a lot of repairs myself, so I am not too worried about that. I am mostly concerned with accident and service history, and the amount of miles. It's rather easy to see if a person looked after the car or not. Right now my budget is max $5000.
Agreed. I'm the same way and have found several good cars at that price point. My point is that you're more likely to find them on craigslist or through a private party ad than at a dealership like CarMax where they are trying to make profit and cover overheads.

If you've got the skills to assess a vehicle and repair what is needed, you should be able to find one that will be a good value in the end.
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It is a good ide to to a CarFax. Using the VIN, this service checks the vehicle repair history if the work was done at a regular shop.
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