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mnchiefsguy
04-11-2011, 11:12 PM
Needing to get a second car. Have about $5500 in cash, and I don't want a payment since it will make the family budget tighter. Was thinking a truck or SUV, but it seems like they are out of my price range. Looking for something that will run well, be able to cart around a couple of kids if need be, and does not have rust. Craigslist so far seems to be full of rust buckets, scams and overpriced stuff from dealers. Any suggestions on what to look for in a reliable used car? Any good used car dealers in KC for that price range that anyone would like to recommend? Thanks!

Bacon Cheeseburger
04-11-2011, 11:13 PM
Camero.

MagicHef
04-11-2011, 11:40 PM
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/search/cta?query=&srchType=T&minAsk=&maxAsk=5500

Or

http://m.autotrader.com/(S(iyotba45zs002155abuj0e45))/Listing.aspx?PageID=CS2&make=&zip=66101&distance=50&type=both&start_year=1982&end_year=2012&min_price=&max_price=5500&model=

mnchiefsguy
04-11-2011, 11:43 PM
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/search/cta?query=&srchType=T&minAsk=&maxAsk=5500

Yeah, I have been browsing Craigslist, just have not seen anything that moved me. Our neighbor bought a car from someone on Craigslist, and got burned pretty bad, and he is more of a car guy than I am (I am car dumb). Been awhile since I have bought a car too, I was hoping that $5500 would get more I suppose, but like everything else, cars seem to cost more nowdays. Thanks!

BIG_DADDY
04-11-2011, 11:48 PM
Camero.

LMAO

pr_capone
04-11-2011, 11:49 PM
Yeah, I have been browsing Craigslist, just have not seen anything that moved me. Our neighbor bought a car from someone on Craigslist, and got burned pretty bad, and he is more of a car guy than I am (I am car dumb). Been awhile since I have bought a car too, I was hoping that $5500 would get more I suppose, but like everything else, cars seem to cost more nowdays. Thanks!

I went to Ft. Worth from Wichita to go pick up a car from Craigslist. I paid $5400 for it and got one hell of a car.

2003 Ford Focus SVT with 77k miles.

Really though... it depends on what kind of car you are looking for and how far away you are willing to go to get it.

MagicHef
04-11-2011, 11:57 PM
Yeah, I have been browsing Craigslist, just have not seen anything that moved me. Our neighbor bought a car from someone on Craigslist, and got burned pretty bad, and he is more of a car guy than I am (I am car dumb). Been awhile since I have bought a car too, I was hoping that $5500 would get more I suppose, but like everything else, cars seem to cost more nowdays. Thanks!

Try Autotrader, Cars.com or others like that where they actually have to pay to list the car. There are a lot fewer scams that way. Even eBay.

BossChief
04-12-2011, 12:49 AM
Ive always had great luck going to smaller lots and talking to the owner and offering a straight up 10% over cost for a vehicle if I can attend an auction with them and give a max bid for 7 or so cars but to only bid until that point and after one auction is won, disregard the rest of the listed vehicles and Ive actually made a couple friends doing this and always got great deals on cars doing so.

I have a talent to talk to almost anyone and cut to the chase in a friendly way that some people respect. If they are receptive and you have a month or so to get said vehicle and think you can approach it this way, you will get twice the vehicle you would normally get for your money and will likely add a contact that you can use for future vehicle purchases as well...hell you can even roll the dice and sell a couple cars a year for side money...but you may want to consult your local laws to find out how many you can sell before you are required to attain a resale license to do so.

Not sure where you live, but if its near the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and I can help let me know via PM and I can see if I can set you up with a couple people that might help you out. Mostt of them even bring their in house mechanic to the auctions so they can tell you what may need done to the vehicles you are looking at.

Its basically pure profit for the guy, but Ive only had luck with owners of smaller dealerships with it...hell, one of them ended up being the brother of a long time friend of mine that I never even knew the connection till after I got the car (the maxima I got before I bought my truck)

A little over a year ago I got my truck (2006 colorado) for a little over 6k after everything but the title and taxes and it books at around 12...thats not a normal every day example but if you are patient, you will be rewarded with this strategy.

salame
04-12-2011, 04:11 AM
ford truck man

Over-Head
04-12-2011, 05:31 AM
Needing to get a second car. Have about $5500 in cash, and I don't want a payment since it will make the family budget tighter. Was thinking a truck or SUV, but it seems like they are out of my price range. Looking for something that will run well, be able to cart around a couple of kids if need be, and does not have rust. Craigslist so far seems to be full of rust buckets, scams and overpriced stuff from dealers. Any suggestions on what to look for in a reliable used car? Any good used car dealers in KC for that price range that anyone would like to recommend? Thanks!
Just my 2 cents....
Go get a 1 year off lease, put a few grand down, save the rest for the payments. You should be able to snag an 09 or 10 for less than $300 a month.
Most willl always have warranties left on them.
( I know up here in Canuck land ya can) Hell Honda Civic's are going for $105 a month NEW.
BUT
It all depends on your situation of cource.

Experience has taught me, buy used and always be blue.

Simplex3
04-12-2011, 07:26 AM
Quit looking for a fashion statement car and get a small, fuel efficient car that just runs. You'll save a couple of grand just because you won't be competing with every nitwit who "needs" an SUV and you'll save money on gas every time you fill up.

Deberg_1990
04-12-2011, 07:27 AM
Older Honda Accord.....i drive a 2000 and it still runs like brand new.

Fat Elvis
04-12-2011, 07:38 AM
Minivans really depreciate fast. If you're only going to spend $5500 and want something to haul the family around in, I would suggest going that route.

Fat Elvis
04-12-2011, 07:39 AM
Older Honda Accord.....i drive a 2000 and it still runs like brand new.

That too...I have a '97 Honda Accord with ~228K miles.

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 07:40 AM
http://www.rockcrawler.com/features/newsshorts/03april/tombraidertj_550.jpg

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 07:44 AM
Quit looking for a fashion statement car and get a small, fuel efficient car that just runs. You'll save a couple of grand just because you won't be competing with every nitwit who "needs" an SUV and you'll save money on gas every time you fill up.

Maybe he enjoys driving a truck or SUV and would not be happy driving something with a rubber band motor. If you're happy doing that, great some of us "nit wits" are not. Its a second car get what you want.

Simplex3
04-12-2011, 07:48 AM
Maybe he enjoys driving a truck or SUV and would not be happy driving something with a rubber band motor. If you're happy doing that, great some of us "nit wits" are not. Its a second car get what you want.

Right, but he said he has a budget and is demanding reliability. He was "thinking" SUV. That wasn't a requirement. So he should either reduce the reliability requirement or increase his budget to satisfy something that wasn't an actual requirement. Good planning.

COchief
04-12-2011, 09:20 AM
If you're insistent on an SUV, can't beat an old 99-01 Cherokee or even older 4runner for that type of money. I would second the recommendation though for older civic/accord though. Will save you money all over the place over an SUV, they are expensive to insure, I was amazed my S2000 was cheaper than the Cherokee for insurance. Plus gas price is also a huge factor.

Happy Hunting

Brock
04-12-2011, 09:23 AM
4 dollar gas and you're considering an old truck/suv. Human behavior is amazing to me.

DA_T_84
04-12-2011, 09:28 AM
In June '08, I got an '05 Infiniti G35x from a guy who goes to auctions. It was in great shape, right off lease, and had 45k miles. I got it for $17k, and it was blue booked at 24k.

I've got $9k left on payments, and trade in value is anywhere from $12-$13.


All that to say, I got a good deal from a combination of auction and 1 year off lease.

Frosty
04-12-2011, 09:30 AM
Early to mid-2000's Buick. Lots of room, reliable and decent mileage.

Pestilence
04-12-2011, 09:42 AM
You should get a car thats under $5500.

trndobrd
04-12-2011, 10:16 AM
A 4runner, CRV or Santa Fe are decent choices if you are really looking for an SUV that won't kill you on gas. Otherwise, go with an Accord.

El Jefe
04-12-2011, 10:17 AM
Early to mid-2000's Buick. Lots of room, reliable and decent mileage.

Those who know me know that I love Buicks in general, I had a ton of them. Early 2000's and up Buicks are really nice, I traded a car down on a 2000 Lesabre with 79k on it (wanted cheaper payments) these things run like clockwork. The 3.8 motor's never die, the interiors are loaded, comfortable cars, and they have a ton of space, plenty of space for 2 kids and luggage in the trunk. Insurance is cheap, I get 24mpg and I drive a mixture of freeway and in-town, but I sit in traffic going to and from work quite a bit, I would say if I did 50/50 mixture with little traffic I would get 26/27. On the freeway I get about 33.

ChiTown
04-12-2011, 10:17 AM
With $5500? You might as well invest in a tow truck instead.............

InChiefsHell
04-12-2011, 10:58 AM
I just bought a 2004 Chrysler Concorde from a private owner on Craiglist for 2K. The vehicle books at 5800. It only had 74K on it. I realize that's not normal, but those deals are out there. I always say, buy a car for 2k and drive it for 2 years. you'll be ahead money. I've been burned a couple of times (ironically never on craigslist, but it's always a possibility). If you have a friend who is a mechanic, take them with you to look at the vehicle. Get a roomy sedan with a big trunk and drive that pig till the wheels fall off. Car payments suck balls.

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 11:24 AM
Right, but he said he has a budget and is demanding reliability. He was "thinking" SUV. That wasn't a requirement. So he should either reduce the reliability requirement or increase his budget to satisfy something that wasn't an actual requirement. Good planning.

Hmm I didn't know SUV's were inherently unreliable, noted from now on.

Simplex3
04-12-2011, 11:47 AM
Hmm I didn't know SUV's were inherently unreliable, noted from now on.

No, but a given SUV of comparable quality to a given car will sell for probably twice as much money in his price range because people will overpay for them.

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 12:15 PM
No, but a given SUV of comparable quality to a given car will sell for probably twice as much money in his price range because people will overpay for them.

That I agree with.

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 12:25 PM
Still think a Jeep fits what you're looking for.

threebag02
04-12-2011, 12:29 PM
Cameo.

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQy35zyHo1Eb2IXxE7Y030bceYoojpSX1T_mbRH5z_w8QlnrA_1cg

Okie_Apparition
04-12-2011, 12:34 PM
Before you purchase, or for that matter go look at one. Check the make,model & year with a site like MSN autos. THey will give you info on collected data on repairs for that model. Such as stay away from an s-10 with an automatic tranny, lots of problems. Doesn't mean all autos in s-10s are bad, but there is a trend.

BigOlChiefsfan
04-12-2011, 02:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5wvkRWhFD0&NR=1&feature=fvwp

http://www.automotive.com/2005/09/suzuki/aerio/index.html

Always seemed undervalued. They killed the Aerio wagon in 2007, the 05-06 models seem like a good buy & should be in your price range (depending on how many extra options the original owner ordered).

Demonpenz
04-12-2011, 03:14 PM
Hey...It's a big ole chiefsfan!

teedubya
04-12-2011, 03:23 PM
Get a Jeep.

Rain Man
04-12-2011, 03:25 PM
I bet we have some members who'll steal you a nice Mercedes for $5,000. You can then use the other $500 to remove all of the serial numbers.

Stewie
04-12-2011, 03:45 PM
Here's Consumer Reports best cars in the $4000-$6000 range:

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/3882/carsp.jpg

DMAC
04-12-2011, 04:01 PM
I was in the same scenerio and got an early 2000's Maxima SE. It's awesome. I love it. Looks exactly like this...

http://images02.olx.com/ui/1/77/23/8647423_1.jpg

CoMoChief
04-12-2011, 04:26 PM
Jeep Cherokee's (2001-2003) are in that price range.......around 75K miles plus

4.0L inline 6 engine, really good tow vehicle if that's what you need. Great in winter weather 4x4 etc.

mnchiefsguy
04-12-2011, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys.... Trucks and SUV's are probably not realistic choices, but they are what I like, so I was trying to see if I could make one fit. Our main car is a Chevy Lumina, old but very very low mileage and is practically new. Accords and Civics and the like are definitely on the radar, I was just thinking it would be nice to have something different, but at the end of the day the #1 priority is no car payments. There is no hurry, so I will take my time and look for the best car available. Thanks for the suggestions, I am always looking for ideas outside the box (or inside the box for that matter LOL)

MIAdragon
04-12-2011, 05:17 PM
How about a WRX, its a 4 door gets decent mileage and is something you can have fun with.

Dunit35
04-12-2011, 05:39 PM
Older Honda Accord.....i drive a 2000 and it still runs like brand new.

I drive a 97 Accord with 180K, thing runs like a champ.

Groves
04-12-2011, 06:02 PM
I hear there are a lot of Hyundais on the road.

Detoxing
04-12-2011, 06:04 PM
There are a ton of cars out there that you can get in the price range. I'd probably go with something like a '00 Accord Coupe though. Nice blend of sporty styling, comfprt and practicality. But, it is another cookie cutter car.

Ah fuck it, who am I kidding? I'd probably go out and buy a muscle car.

mnchiefsguy
04-12-2011, 09:23 PM
There are a ton of cars out there that you can get in the price range. I'd probably go with something like a '00 Accord Coupe though. Nice blend of sporty styling, comfprt and practicality. But, it is another cookie cutter car.

Ah fuck it, who am I kidding? I'd probably go out and buy a muscle car.

I would love a muscle car...or a big truck. I guess I really want something that is nice, but responsible as well, in terms of budget.

mnchiefsguy
04-13-2011, 02:12 AM
Dug a little deeper on Craigslist, quit looking at trucks and suvs and found some Honda Accords that are between 2500-4000. Going to check them out this week. Seems like the majority of the scammer type ads are suv's and trucks (ads with super low prices and only email for contact). Found six or seven accords that have phone contacts in the area, so will see what happens. Thanks for the tips guys!

Mile High Mania
04-13-2011, 07:54 AM
Have you tried sites like Cars.com? You can put in your zip and search.

Frosty
04-13-2011, 09:13 AM
Dug a little deeper on Craigslist, quit looking at trucks and suvs and found some Honda Accords that are between 2500-4000. Going to check them out this week. Seems like the majority of the scammer type ads are suv's and trucks (ads with super low prices and only email for contact). Found six or seven accords that have phone contacts in the area, so will see what happens. Thanks for the tips guys!

Where I'm at, Hondas and Toyotas (particularly Toyota pick ups) go for premium prices. Anything in the 2500 - 4000 range would be pretty clapped out. Hopefully, it is different in your area.

Detoxing
04-13-2011, 10:13 AM
I would love a muscle car...or a big truck. I guess I really want something that is nice, but responsible as well, in terms of budget.

well then go get yourself a muscle car. You can find LS1 Camaro/Firebirds around that price if you look hard enough.

I KNOW you could find the LT1 versions for that price. Mustangs too. What about a Cadillac?

Detoxing
04-13-2011, 10:15 AM
Just searched on CL and found a Black '95 T/A-LT1 for $3,800. 149K on it.

Vrooom Vrooom!

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/2040/cw640.jpg (http://img703.imageshack.us/i/cw640.jpg/)

El Jefe
04-13-2011, 10:15 AM
Where I'm at, Hondas and Toyotas (particularly Toyota pick ups) go for premium prices. Anything in the 2500 - 4000 range would be pretty clapped out. Hopefully, it is different in your area.

Same in my area, you aren't going to find a nice Honda Accord in a 2500-4000 dollar range. You are going to find a 10 car owner, has some kind of nightmare mechanical or electrical intermittent problem that someone else didn't want.

Detoxing
04-13-2011, 10:20 AM
Same in my area, you aren't going to find a nice Honda Accord in a 2500-4000 dollar range. You are going to find a 10 car owner, has some kind of nightmare mechanical or electrical intermittent problem that someone else didn't want.

Meh, just did a quick search on CL and found a '00 Model Accord Sedan with Carfax and registered till march of next year for $4,850, only 120K on it.

El Jefe
04-13-2011, 10:27 AM
Meh, just did a quick search on CL and found a '00 Model Accord Sedan with Carfax and registered till march of next year for $4,850, only 120K on it.

He said 2500-4k.

Mr. Arrowhead
04-13-2011, 10:36 AM
That too...I have a '97 Honda Accord with ~228K miles.

ha same here

Frosty
04-13-2011, 11:03 AM
Just an aside - why do people do this in their ads?:

both front interior door handle HOUSING broken, can be replaced for $17 each @ Spauldings

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2305859761.html

If it is only $17 to fix it, fix it before you list it. :shake:

Detoxing
04-13-2011, 11:36 AM
Just an aside - why do people do this in their ads?:



http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2305859761.html

If it is only $17 to fix it, fix it before you list it. :shake:

No shit huh?

Lazy people sometimes.

Frosty
04-13-2011, 11:41 AM
No shit huh?

Lazy people sometimes.

I've seen a rash of it. Stuff like a broken side window ("Cheap at the wrecking yard and I have a buddy who'll do it cheap"). :rolleyes: If it is so easy and cheap, then you need to do. Big red flag for me.

MIAdragon
04-13-2011, 11:43 AM
I would love a muscle car...or a big truck. I guess I really want something that is nice, but responsible as well, in terms of budget.

WRX.

Brock
04-13-2011, 11:46 AM
Been my experience that used WRX's are usually thrashed.

Frosty
04-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Can you even get a WRX for under $5500?

Brock
04-13-2011, 12:00 PM
Can you even get a WRX for under $5500?

seems pretty unlikely.

Frosty
04-13-2011, 12:01 PM
seems pretty unlikely.

I didn't see anything here for under $8K and those were pretty thrashed.

MIAdragon
04-13-2011, 12:54 PM
I didn't see anything here for under $8K and those were pretty thrashed.

Huh, I just picked up one for 6K here in Miami, I didn't think they were still going for that much, my bad.