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Can a mechanic not share inspection results to the the seller?

I am in the process of selling my used car to a private buyer. The buyer asked to have the car inspected at a local mechanic. After picking the car up from the shop, I asked for the results of the ...
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Recreate new car smell

I bought a second hand Toyota Sienna 4 months ago. Even though it is a 2009 with 100,000km on it, the interior had that "new car" smell to it, and held it for several weeks. Four months later, the ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

I'm looking at buying a car that is only 2 years old, has good miles, a price about a third lower than I would expect...but it had an accident listed on the CarFax. The previous owner hit a deer and ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs? [closed]

Not sure where to ask this, so feel free to move it if necessary. Suppose I want to buy a car from my friend for $8,000. To avoid registration costs, I pay him a measly $500 for the car and $7,500 ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

I am shopping for a used car (2006 Volvo XC90) and encountered the following situation: The car itself has odometer reading 110k miles. I intend to appraise and price at as if a 110k car. The seller ...
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Where can I find statistics regarding car life expectancies?

I am in the process of buying a used car and I'm having some difficulty estimating the longevity of vehicles I encounter. One can speak of car longevity in different ways, but for this question let's ...
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In the US, how do I tell if a car is in good condition?

Say I am planning to buy a used car in the US. How do I judge the car is in good condition? Are there a specific set of documents I should ask for? What are the tests I can conduct before deciding ...
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Should I repair before selling? [closed]

I have a Toyota Echo 2005 and was quoted a ~$800+ repair for a broken AC compressor. I trust my mechanics and his diagnosis, and without the repair the car is unusable (very loud grinding noise). He ...
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Advice for buying used car

I am a newbie car driver (I got the license few days ago). I am about to get a used car and I am perplexed regarding which one to get. My concern at the moment is what is the maximum mileage that I ...
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Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts

My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body. Both front fenders have a small patch of about ...
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Car feels like it's filling up with fumes

I bought a used 2000 volvo s80 with around 93k on the odometer. I was driving the other day and I felt sort of sick. At first I thought it was some dirt on the floor that got into the air. But upon ...
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Do car dealerships check if a car needs recalled parts for free?

I'm looking to buy a used car (2003 Nissan Sentra) from a friend who also bought it used a couple years back. Since he bought it used he doesn't know the detailed history of the car. I looked online ...
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What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record [duplicate]

Let's say you've bought a second hand car that seems decent, but has no service record. What are the things you would inspect, clean or change right off the bat?
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Repair very old car or buy newer used car? [closed]

I am debating whether to repair a very old car or buy a newer used car. There is a particular newer used car I have easy/trusted access to, so I will use that as the example below... The old car: ...
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What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?

I have the option to buy a car that has been in an accident. There are alternatives, but within my budget the alternatives are usually older/have higher mileage. The seller is a local mechanic who did ...
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Buying a used car in Ontario - safety certificate [closed]

I am planning on buying a used vehicle privately. But it needs a bit of work before it will pass a safety check. Nothing major, but cash is tight and I may have to wait a few weeks before I can do ...
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1answer
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Most reliable used off-road with good fuel economy (for travelling expeditions) [closed]

What is the most reliable used off-road (awd/4wd/4x4) vehicle for occasional traveler expeditions to more remote areas of Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East or Africa? Requirements: highest ...
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Looking at car mileage [closed]

My wife and I have just moved to USA, and we need a car immediately. This is my first time in US so I didn't know. We have a budget around 7-8k for our first car. I was looking at some Mercedes ...
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1answer
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External mechanic inspection on CPO car? [closed]

I am about to buy a used Certified Pre-Owned(CPO) car. I have read that external mechanic inspection is recommended when buying used cars but does that hold true for CPO cars too? Would it be wise to ...
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Purchasing a Used Car - Advice [closed]

I'm looking into purchasing my first vehicle. I have a friend who's really into buying/selling VW's and he has a Jetta from the early 2000's with 240 000 km on it that he insists is a great deal and ...
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Which 100kmi car should be in better shape: newer or older?

I'm looking to replace my dying '96 Accord, and I've been skimming Craigslist for used cars. While searching for Acura TLs, I noticed one in my price range that was significantly newer than the others:...
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What clues are there to identify real mileage?

This is a bit theoretical question, maybe viable for a wiki. Suppose you want to buy a 10yo car and among available deals you see one with suspiciously low mileage (e.g. 5'000 km). Seller assures you ...