That would be my advice too. Go for a one or two year old car and you can get the most value for your money.
Check out the car's VIN on carfax.com, though, before buying, so you can see the history of it. Costs a few dollars - $8 or $10, something like that. Well worth the peace of mind.
Really??? Wow, that's a lot, but still worth it. Is that for just one car? When I did it (several years ago - gosh, I guess about 10 or 11 years ago), there was a certain price for one car, but you could get the reports on 3 cars for just a little bit more.
Sounds like they have changed their business model since then.
Still, if you're going to spend $15,000 on a used car, investing $40 into getting the report is still worth it. Could save a lot of headaches.
And you're right, sometimes the dealers will have a report available at no cost to you, but probably the cost of the car is higher. Might be worth the extra price if they have a warranty on the car.
The auto writer for the Washington post, Warren Brown, often suggests shopping at Carmax to get a good car at a decent price. I've never done it, but I do respect his opinion a lot. Might be worth a look, if there is one near you.
Two of my Deaf friends own Honda Fit (both manuals) and they love it. One of my hearing friend (manual) had one for around 1 year and trade with ford focus 11 due manual clutch worn out and suspension system noise and only 30k miles.
Alright, I am an owner of a Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe and am needing a slightly bigger car. I still want something small compact and economic. So far I have looked at the Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, and Nissan Cube. I really like the Cube and Fiesta but, the price of them is slightly out of my price range as I only paid $15K for my Smart after Tax&Title. Anyone have another car they may suggest you think is really awesome? Thanks!
there was nothing smart about that car!