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Assessing battery condition on an EV

I'm considering the purchase of a used EV (electric vehicle, with no backup internal combustion engine). From what I understand, the battery condition of an EV, and therefore its maximum range ...
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how does mileage affect the price of a used car? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask but I'm not sure where to ask this. so I'm looking at two cars. Both the same make, model, year and trim. (2012 Toyota Prius) according to the carfax ...
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Is it ok to use a used manifold and downpipe?

car is civic vti 99. Need to change manifold and down pipe due to leaks. Aftermarket parts for this car are expensive so I was wondering if should get used parts from a breakers. When I suggested ...
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Car always jerk when shifting from P to D

I'm in the process of buying a used car. However, I've ran into some questions. On every automatic car that I've tried, when I switch gears from P to D or from P to R, there is always a jerk. My foot ...
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How much rust is okay on a used Nissan Rogue 2015? [closed]

How much rust is okay on a used Nissan Rogue 2015? Please see pics of undercarriage and brake rust on a car from NJ. Run 35000 miles. Is this a major issue/deal-breaker? There seems to be no rust ...
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Advice on buying this car that has been in an accident [closed]

I'm thinking about buying something small and fast like the Golf GTI. I found this one, unfortunately, it has been in an accident. I need some advice on whether I should even consider buying it, your ...
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Is there a general rule of thumb regarding the number of previous owners when buying a used car?

I'm considering buying a 10 years old car that had 4 previous owners. I'm told that's a little high. But what's high and what's low, is there a way to tell?
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What deal-breakers should I be looking for before buying a late 1970s Rolls-Royce?

I am looking at a late '70s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with around 70,000 miles on it. There is no significant rust, the exterior is in good shape, and the interior front seat leather and wood veneer ...
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What does “EXEMPT” mean on a car title?

So I'm looking to purchase a 2004 Acura TSX and the title showed that it had a EXEMPT on the odometer. Car was listed at having 121k miles and upon further inspection, showed that it was sold at a ...
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How wary should I be of this used Honda which sat for “years”? [closed]

I’m casually shopping around for a first generation Honda Odyssey, and have recently found a 96 with just under 100K miles on it. The story I have from the current owner is that it belonged to a ...
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Determining amount of owners

I just got a Carfax and Autocheck on a car I may buy for someone else. Carfax lists two owners, and Autocheck lists one. I'm not sure which to believe, but the owner did have a lien on the title ...
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Should I perform any special checks when buying a high mileage car?

After a series of breakdowns with my current car, I've finally decided that its time to get a replacement. Looking round local dealers, I've found a 9 year old used Mazda 6 diesel which seems to meet ...
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Is a car dealer required to offer an extended warrantee?

Not sure if this should be here or in a legal area, but it has to do with buying a used car, so hopefully it fits here. My wife and I just purchased a used car (2007 Toyota), and the finance person ...
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What kind of car is this

So I drove by a used car shop, and I saw this car that I liked. It had the Porsche logo on it, and I checked on the website, and couldn't find the car. The place is far away from where I live so I can'...
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buying a new unused car parked in storage

I am thinking of buying a car that has been in storage for the last 9 months.It only clocked less than 30km mileage to date. The company that owns this car bought in volume (good discount) for their ...
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Buying a used car that is a few years old but high mileage

I am looking at cars that are 2013 or 2014 model year. I found a 2014 model year vehicle for sale that has about 90K miles on it. I know this is high-mileage for a 3- or 4-year old car, but I'm used ...
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Lower mileage vs newer model year in used cars [closed]

I'm running into a conundrum while used car shopping where there are two cars which are the same make and model, similar features, but they differ in miles and model year. In these cases, the older ...
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Buying a car without a service history? [closed]

I'm considering buying an Audi A3 from 2013, from an official Audi dealership. It's in good condition as far as I can tell, and has all the options I need. The problem is that they don't have a ...
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When buying a used car, how much to discount for cosmetic body damage/scrape [closed]

I'm trying to get a handle on used car pricing and the difference between clean and average. In my case I'm looking at a used VW Golf that looks like it has a scrape from a column in a parking garage....
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Used Car Condition - Is a Compression Test a good proxy of engine health? (and what's a leak down test?)

I'm looking to buy a used car and aside from the advice here (which is mostly functional) I want to know if the oil has been changed "enough" to prevent gunk build up that could starve parts from ...
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Fuel economy a reasonable measure of a used vehicles engine condition/reliability?

I have never heard of this, and in Google searching for this, I did not find anything on this. However, it seems reasonable that in the below scenarios, in measuring the condition of a used engine ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...