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Car Buying Advice - Would you buy this car for 1000

productiongeekproductiongeek Posts: 1
edited March 2017 in Pontiac
Would you buy a 2000 Grand Am for 1000? 
My test drive was great. It's very well maintained with records to prove it.
It has 195,000 miles, small oil drip creates a quarter size stain inside of 15 
minutes. There are records suggesting the head gasket has not been replaced, 
which kind of scares me.

I'm replacing a 1995 Isuzu rodeo with blown head gasket and too many other 
problems to fix.

Thanks for your input

Answers

  • john4545john4545 Posts: 136
    I would not buy vehicle with a oil drip unless seller fixed problem
  • @productiongeek the oil drip is a concern but I think any car in the $1,000 budget range is going to have some sort of issue. It sounds like it is a nice car but you may want to have someone check the source of the oil leak. I know it isn't practical to spend $50-150 to have it inspected since that will be around 10% of the overall value of the car but an oil leak can be pretty serious. Lets say you buy it, you'll probably spend a decent amount of money on either a repair or adding oil to the car anyways. I think it would be worth the inspection first.
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