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Smart Shopper - Suggest a topic of discussion

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
Have you looked through the list of Smart Shopper discussions and don't see where to post your question? Maybe a new discussion needs to be created...feel free to suggest one here. We'll either open a new discussion or direct you to the best place to ask your question or provide comments.

Happy Shopping!
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  • sphinx99sphinx99 Posts: 776
    I didn't see a topic for the following: Buying the $1000 car.

    Specifically, what are the things to look for when in the market for a true beater: something with a ~ $1000 price tag where the expectation is that it doesn't necessarily even need to last very long.
  • That is an excellent idea for a new discussion, sphinx99. I just did a little searching through the archives for the Smart Shoppers Message Board and came across the following two discussions on this subject Good "beaters" and Beater cars: how do you find one?. We should be able to merge these into one larger discussion and bring them back to life. I will mention your idea to Town Hall management right away.

    Thanks and keep the ideas coming.

    Car_man
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  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    has been brought back from the archives.

    Enjoy!
  • 93fsu193fsu1 Posts: 97
    I'm not goping to get anything near what I need for my 96 Integra on trade in. So how about a discussion on best ways to sell it. Advertising, how to deal with paperwork, financing, etc.
  • xippyxippy Posts: 1
    Hi: I live in New York, but I'm thinking about buying a used truck from a dealer in California and driving it back to NY.

    I'm curious as to what is involved in doing that, from a registration, insurance, and licensing issue?

    Ideally I want to walk in, find what I want, buy it, and drive it home. Is it possible to do that, or would I need to wait to get a temporary registration for NY State after the sale?

    If anyone has had a similar experience, I'd love to know what was involved.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    It is quite common to buy in one state and register in another. Normally you just get a temporary transport tag from the state you buy it any (30 days usually), and register it in your home state.

    Some dealers can do the DMV work for multiple states, but usually when they are close by, so I don't think it applies in your case!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    Hi xippy

    you might want to look over these 2 discussions here in Smart Shopper:

    Any Questions for a Car Dealer?
    Car Transport Companies

    Season's Greetings!
    kcram
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    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • How about this for a topic? I've heard that buyers can make great deals on car models that are in their final year before a redesign. With the Toyota Avalon, Pathfinder and Xterra all set for redesigns in Model Year '05, as examples, does that mean I can get a really great deal on the '04 models? Let's open this up for discussion.
  • I remember Nissan was offering a really super deal on the '03 Maxima in early C.Y. 2003 just before the redesigned '04 Maximas went on sale...$2K rebates AND low financing rates as I recall. Much better than previous offers.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    Except for certain fixed price subsidiaries of a major U.S. consumer electronics retailer and car manufacturer, I've found the experience contentious across the board, which gives me headaches.

    Do the British get put through the ringer? What about an Brazilian? What do the Japanese go through when buying a car?

    -d
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    Hi carthell

    Only because Edmunds is a USA-based site and provides prices for vehicles sold in this counttry, there isn't much call for buying experiences out of the country, with the likely exception of Canada because US and Canadian vehicles are fairly comparable.

    kcram
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    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • How about a new topic - buying cars online via a reverse auction? You pick the car and the options you want and the site hooks your want list up with at least 10 local dealers that bid on selling you the car you want.

    I'm wondersing what the experience here is? Any good? Bad? Sounds like a great way to get the best price, the dealers are fighting themselves and saves the buyer a lot a running around.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    hi j2

    Your subject of reverse auctions would probably be handled best in the existing
    "Internet vs Traditional Car Buying" discussion.

    kcram
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    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • Any discussion boards on this?
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    Hi barbjack

    You probably want to read through "Any Questions for a Car Dealer" - if you don't see an answer to your question, that would be the place to ask.

    kcram
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    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • If a car has very low mileage (~5,000-10,000), but is an '01 with only months left on the warranty, is this mileage still as valuable? It seems it might be better to get a later car with about equal months and miles left under warranty, but I can't help thinking that low miles are always best. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
  • turboshadowturboshadow Posts: 349
    ... best used vehicle for < $10K and less than 30K miles?
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
    Hmmm...

    Not a bad idea, but would you also have an age consideration? While not beaters, you can find a lot of "granny cars" in this category of elderly drivers who don't dribve much or have stopped driving and no one has operated the car for some period of time.

    kcram
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    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • turboshadowturboshadow Posts: 349
    Gosh, you're right. OK, this is arbitrary as all get out, but say no older than a 2000 model.

    Sound good?
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