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Windows 7: Help me select a car

19 Apr 2013   #11
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Thanks Bill. yes for the Honda the full 100K maintenance has been done. that was one thing I questioned first since it is near the mark. the timing belt, water pump were the two I knew of, but I think all has been done. I will check the maintenance records when I look at it since it is at a dealership.

The KBB prices for retail are inflated to cover expenses and fees that the dealership will charge so I added those to my price numbers for each car. The fusion was originally 14750 and the civic was 8995 each added about $1,000 for taxes/tags and $250 for gap insurance.

I will have to check the model for the Fusion to be sure of the model. My price was higher, but I might have the wrong model or it put in stuff the car doesn't have.

Thanks guys
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19 Apr 2013   #12
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Here is the KBB i got for fusion: Kelley Blue Book

It is a certified pre-owned, base options, base powertrain Fusion SE

This one says 16,625 not sure what I did for the 19,000 price... so it is on the mark with the kbb value

I will definitely try to bring price down, but not sure how much it can decrease
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19 Apr 2013   #13
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post

Thanks for that doc
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19 Apr 2013   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The Kelly Blue book is for consumers to see only. Car dealers use a Black book which isn't generally available to the public. I got the info from a good friend who is a used car dealer. He claims Blue Book prices are usually falsely high so a "rube" as he said" thinks he is getting a great deal.

A good way to buy, and I've done it twice, is to have a friend in the business who can take you to a dealer-only auction and buy through them, some may charge you $200-$300 for the service because they will have to resell it to you. I was able to look at the cars on the block all I wanted before the sale.

Buying direct from the owner can work out well too for good pricing and most will be honest if you ask some good questions.

My worst experience was buying a '74 Mazda brand new, lots of problems to sort out with mechanical issues.
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19 Apr 2013   #15
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Thanks for that Britton. Will ask about that. The fusion is through a friend of the family but I know he is making 500 on it... Will try to get lower price main thing that is worth more is that it is still under warranty
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21 Apr 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just saw a model that might fit the bill.

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21 Apr 2013   #17
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Did you miss Doc's post WHS? ^^^^


also, I got the Ford Fusion. it has a 12mo bumper to bumper and 4 more years of powertrain. It's nice. really happy with the purchase. got price down by about 1k and interest rate at 4.19%.

Will post a pic if I get a chance. spent all weekend doing stuff and have been super busy. Thanks to everyone for your input. I learned a lot through this process.
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21 Apr 2013   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sounds like a good deal Thorsen, have fun with it.
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21 Apr 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, I really missed Doc's post. I apologize.
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23 Apr 2013   #20
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Ask yourself: Is the car comfortable to ride in? Will the controls and such become second nature or a nuisance? You might end up strongly disliking a car because some of the cool bells and whistles you bought it for only serve to annoy you on a daily basis.
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