OT - Buying a Used Car

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    OT - Buying a Used Car

    I hope you'll forgive my completely OT post, but this is the only place I can think of to ask 30 respectable people a question :o)

    What have been your experiences with buying a used car and having a mechanic check it out?  First time I bought a car, they were totally cool with it and let me bring it to my mechanic.  Second time they said no.  I didn't like that one bit, but had a good feeling about the car, so I bought it anyway and it has been completely fine for 2 1/2 years.  Knock on wood!

    We need to replace DH's car ASAP and I want to mentally prepare myself.  Should I put up more of a fight this time to have someone I trust look at it?  If it's a certified pre-owned, should I not worry about that as much?

    Thank you!

     
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    Re: OT - Buying a Used Car

    If it's a reputable dealer, certified, pre-owned, I wouldn't worry, especially if it is less than 3 years old and has low mileage.

    Anything from a private party or a questionable sales lot, I would insist on having it inspected by your mechanic, however, you may have to bring him to the site.

    Eta: they just had a massive recall, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, something about the passenger side airbags...so, watch your step.

     
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    Re: OT - Buying a Used Car

    Thanks!  I'll try to find info on the recall(s).

     
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    Re: OT - Buying a Used Car

    http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/11/news/toyota-honda-airbag-recall/index.html

    They would have to fix it, of course, it's just something to be aware of.

     
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    Re: OT - Buying a Used Car

    Fram, I don't think ANY dealership should try to prevent you from, at your expense, having a mechanic look at it.  That being said, however, I agree with Robin - a certified pre-owned vehicle usually comes with a warranty and is being sold by a reputable dealer who doesn't want you to have problems.  I wouldn't pay or go through the hassle myself.

     
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