In Connecticut, Used Cars Are Waxing In Popularity

His automotive baubles over the years have included such collectibles as a 1932 Packard roadster and a 1959 Aston Martin , which, once restored, set him back about six figures apiece. Full Story
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Uncle Wiggily

Portland, OR

#21 Jan 7, 2009
Timmay wrote:
If you're looking for something as cheap as $2000 or $3000 go for the personal ads. Don't bother with the lots..
Good advice! The used car lots will stick it to you every time. Just do a little homework so you know what to look for and don't be afraid to spend the $100 or so to have a mechanic you trust check it out BEFORE you buy it.
Master

United States

#22 Jan 7, 2009
I buy all my cars from craigslist for under 500bucks and when im sick of them i sell them to for 1600 or higher....USED CARS ARE THE BEST!!
Less Than Sympathetic

Staffordville, CT

#23 Jan 7, 2009
Johnny Wanker wrote:
Older cars are bad for the enviroment. They lack modern emissions controls. They are also not as safe as new cars. Even a basic Civic has like 6 airbags. I don't care if your 78 dodge diplomat or 84 regal is made out of 1/4" steel. If the car does not crumple and absorb the impact, your kidneys will!
People should just buy reasonable cars and not cars that are far fancier and more expensive than they need.
I would take a well-used toyota of a GM any day! I would walk instead of buying a used GM because I'd be walking anyways!
Protip: mid to late 90s Honda, Toyota, and Nissan small and midsize sedans are where it is at! Maybe not $2,000-$3,000, but for $5,000-$8,000 you could not get a better car. A really screaming deal can be had on the cars that Toyota built for G.M. such as the chevy prizm, which is really a toyota corolla or a pontiac vibe, which is a toyota matrix.
Oh please. I think when people talk about buying used, they're talking about buying an '04, not a '79. I think if you buy anything older than '02, unless it's hardly been driven, then you're nuts. Those $2,000 cars may seem like a good idea, but not if you have to buy another $2,000 car every year.

But yeah, buying new stinks. I have to pay $250/mo for my '05 Saturn Ion, and next September I get to refinance it while still owing $6,000. Unfortunately, it's already got 80,000 miles on it, so it's probably not even worth $6k. Now at $250/mo, I could have bought a $6,000 used car every 2 years. New can be good if you don't drive much and can make it last a very long time, but if you drive a lot, there's definitely a lot to lose in buying new, if it ends up crapping out before you're done paying for it. I definitely lived to regret the new car purchase; a $3k used car would probably be dead by now, but I would have saved $6k compared to what I've paid for this car.
KevinM

South Windsor, CT

#24 Jan 7, 2009
My family fleet includes an '05 Honda and two '99 Eurosedans. I bought the Honda so we'd always have something reliable for trips.

Since I bought it, the '99s (one of which has 130K) have needed only scheduled maintenance and neither has so much as a squeak or rattle, they get 30+mpg on the highway, and the leather interiors are more comfy than Lazy Boys, especially with the seat warmers switched to roast.

Plus the prop tax on the '99s is under $200.
Shasta_htfd

White Plains, NY

#25 Jan 7, 2009
I feel that everyone should go right out and buy an AMERICAN MADE vehicle.
If we're going OUT .... let's go in style !
Age

East Berlin, CT

#26 Jan 7, 2009
Shasta_htfd wrote:
I feel that everyone should go right out and buy an AMERICAN MADE vehicle.
If we're going OUT .... let's go in style !
Yes, well I would - but until American made vehicles are dependable - do you want to provide your mobile number? In the event I'm stuck by the roadside, it would be nice to have an emergency contact.

After you rescue me because of "unforeseen" and "inexplicable" engine failure, you can let me know all about the many "quality" products manufactured in this country. Most of my purchases lately seem to be - Made in China. Might just as well rename our country Ch-usa.

It's our bloody fault that the economy is in the toilet. Our products do not bear scrutinity, our jobs are shipped overseas, and we shop at Wal-Mart because as God is my witness, it's all about money and profit.

If we're going to get competitive we (collectively) have to start thinking like middle class citizens. If you cannot afford - don't BUY it. If it seems to good to be true (sub prime) don't sign. If you have a job that begins at minimal wages - be grateful, earn your paycheck and you'll soon move up the ladder.

One last thought - kick the unregistered sops out of this country, let them sponge elsewhere.
Mewalkee

Three Rivers, MA

#27 Jan 7, 2009
I am going to walk, or ride my bike, and you stay away from my dry cellar full of food and bottled water. We are doomed.
Shasta_htfd

White Plains, NY

#28 Jan 7, 2009
Age
Naugatuck, CT
...... Man, someone needs a 'Lighten-up Sandwich'.
Age

East Berlin, CT

#29 Jan 7, 2009
Shasta-htfd
West Hartford, CT
....Yes dear, now regarding your mobile phone number?:-)
Greaser Tim

Wethersfield, CT

#30 Jan 7, 2009
Wogdude wrote:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm000 1346/
You'll recognize him. He isn't a leading man, but one of those actors that has been everywhere.
I think he used to be on commercials for Dodge's line of vehicles, or maybe it was Olds. I think Dodge though because I remember him praising stratus/intrepid/etcs''cab forward' design.

But yeah, I buy used cars too and have never financed anything. My current car I bought for 6k. It sold for a bit over 20k five years earlier when new. I can't see how it was more than 3 x the car a few years earlier, especially considering the cleaning job the dealer gave it before the sale. It might as well have been brand new so far as I was concerned, but for the 80k on the odo.
RIch

United States

#31 Jan 7, 2009
just keep your old car and drive it into the ground i drive a 1998 ford explorer with 217000 miles on it and it still runs great. why do you even need a new car if the one you have still runs? to keep up with the Joneses? who cares what they think. I think i will be saving big bucks by driving my older car. and the property taxes are much less on an older car so you can stick it to your town too.
dave

Wethersfield, CT

#32 Jan 7, 2009
It is about time Connecticut residents live within their means. There is no law that states " We all have to act like we are rich just because we live in Connecticut."
T Hee

United States

#33 Jan 7, 2009
I always buy used. Bmw is my fav, now on #6. All have been high milage cars, I sell 'em at 250k miles. None have ever needed major work to drive train, engines never opened etc. Change the oil!!! Do routine maintenance, don't delay what needs fixing, like front end. My experience with BMW: first thing that wears out is upolstery thread.
Contrast that with my patriotic frineds. New crystler 300 needed new engine 36k threw rod just inside warentee. At 100 needed new trany.
Other guy with saturn "great car, if only they'd put good parts in it."
Greenspan on us car mfg financial problems: They should make better cars."
NissanConvert

Fairfield, CT

#34 Jan 7, 2009
I just bought a "new used" Nissan at 84k and it rides like a dream. The best part is that I spent less than $5,000 and it hasn't fallen apart like my Sable did at 60k.

I'm sold on used cars.
MrLogical

Wallingford, CT

#35 Jan 7, 2009
Wa Ching wrote:
Maybe in a few years we'll be just like Cuba. In 2050, you'll hear people say "In America you can still see cars like an 1989 Oldsmobile 88 or a 1990 Toyota Corolla being driven every day".
With the tsx & spend lib's running the statehouse, that's where we're headed: Cuba with snowstorms.

Better buy 4WD.
OMG

Wallingford, CT

#36 Jan 7, 2009
Anyone see todays headline on WFSB today? You really can't make this stuff up, lol..."Used-Car Dealers See Slump In Business"
warning

Billerica, MA

#37 Jan 8, 2009
" Why buy someone else's troubles? Buy new !! I "invested' in so many other people's old car and they lasted a year or two. Why do you think they got rid of them in the first place? I worked part time at a used auto auction for TEN YEARS and they sold JUNK!! And the used car dealers sold them without a warranty or anything.Everything is as is. My new car that cost 10,000 gets 37 miles to the gallon AND has a five year bumper to bumper warranty. It is will worth the money!! If anything goes wrong-I bring it in-get a loaner and come back when it's done. Can used cars people give you a loaner? NO!! I don't trust used car salesmen. I worked with them for too long and there are not many honest ones. Just crooks looking to make a buck
fo da people

Kansas City, MO

#38 Jan 8, 2009
Lemon wrote:
Well.... if Ed says that's the way to go, then I'm sticking with him.
I'm definitely keeping my '81 Dodge Duster - afterall, I did lose my virginity in it.
oops dodge DEMON plymouth DUSTER
MrLogical

Derby, CT

#39 Jan 8, 2009
warning wrote:
" Why buy someone else's troubles? Buy new !! I "invested' in so many other people's old car and they lasted a year or two. Why do you think they got rid of them in the first place? I worked part time at a used auto auction for TEN YEARS and they sold JUNK!! And the used car dealers sold them without a warranty or anything.Everything is as is. My new car that cost 10,000 gets 37 miles to the gallon AND has a five year bumper to bumper warranty. It is will worth the money!! If anything goes wrong-I bring it in-get a loaner and come back when it's done. Can used cars people give you a loaner? NO!! I don't trust used car salesmen. I worked with them for too long and there are not many honest ones. Just crooks looking to make a buck
A fool and his money will pay exhoribitant first-year depreciation.

Keep buyin' those new cars...suc*er.

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