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Personally, I would never spend the money on a new car, regardless of any incentives offered. Nor would I ever buy a used car from an individual. You never know what is under the hood...
I would find a reputable dealership and look for a certified pre-owned vehicle that has a clear carfax report, and a make/model that is highly rated by Consumers Report or another reputable source. I'm going thru that process right now. I'm taking my time until the right vehicle comes up for sale thru a dealership I trust.
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For sale, here is another answer I previously gave to same type question -
Sounds like your biggest problem will be narrowing your list to a limited number of models, and deciding what brand names you are willing to consider to narrow the field.
You can search for websites blogging complaints for each model you are considering to see how they rate with users, and you can also go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov to see how many recalls there have been on a specific model and year.
Most dealers these days have websites with their listed prices for new and used cars that you can browse to get an idea of available listed prices.
I would also recommend that you check out the used car values (free) for models you might be interested in on www.edmunds.com and on Kelley Blue Book - www.kbb.com
Those 2 sources will give you a lot of negotiating power, because they list what the dealer pays the manufacturer on new cars, shows what people have been paying for each vehicle model and model year, and shows used valuations also. There are undoubtedly other such sources also - these are just the ones I have used and seem to be the best known.
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We liked the red Fit we test-drove, reviewed leasing vs. buying with San, then bought.
He was very nice, low key and patient. No pressure.
Once we decided to buy, we signed all the paperwork and them moved all the stuff from our Altima to the Fit, a very basic car.
When I realized that night that it had no cover for the truck or hatchback contents, I went back and bought a cover the next day. and a fellow salesman even helped me install it.
Overall I was impressed by the length of time many of the salespeople have been with the company, for 35 years, and very pleased with our treatment. Considering that we needed to do something quickly, that did not have as many cars as usual because of the floods in Thailand, and we did not have time to go to three dealers and go through all the hassles, we had an experience and got the car we wanted. It was a good day.
was able to get us a slightly better rate on financing than our credit union. It was late in the evening by this point, so we made an appointment to stop by the next morning to pick up the cars and sign all the paperwork. Next day everything was ready and waiting for us when we got there and we drove the new cars off the lot after signing all the paperwork. Overall, a great experience.”
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