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  •  I bought my last two cars from friends. (6+ / 0-)
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    VeloVixen, slowbutsure, weck, DvCM, JeffW, TexDem

    First one was a 1991 Camry purchased from an officemate who had a new baby and was getting something larger. Put 90K miles on it and bought another Camry from a neighbor on my block who had inherited it from her father. I expect to get 90K miles out of this Camry even though it is a 1995 (but its mileage was less than 50K when I purchased it).

    I've had very good luck with Toyotas since I bought my first one (a Corolla) in 1985. I get the oil changed regularly and that's about it. I'm a fairly gentle driver, so I no doubt get more life out of my cars than most. And I'm not fussy about details (both Camrys are automatics when I'd much prefer a standard transmission - but paid $3800 combined for the cars and sold the 1991 for $1100, so I got very good deals that made up for getting features that aren't my preference).

    I think my advice to prospective purchasers is not to shop when you need something NOW. Puts you in a bad bargaining position. Lots easier to purchase something when there's little to no pressure - but the diarist alluded to that in her post. So, when your current car is nearing the end of its life, purchase its replacement before you get to the emergency stage.

    The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:52:45 PM PST

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