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Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:14 pm

My girlfriend is interviewing for a job that, surprisingly, requires a car. She really wants/needs the job, so strategically did not bring up the "oh yeah i don't have a car," because it would hurt her chances at getting the job. She plans on getting one, but doesn't have a lot of money to spend. Where should we start to look for something affordable but adequately reliable?
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby JS© on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:17 pm

define not a lot of money
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby mac5155 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:17 pm

I'd start asking friends. Friends of friends of friends are your best bet. Or if you feel like getting a decent one, finance one that she would be capable of making payments on with her new job salary.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:18 pm

stealing might be a good idea.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby columbia on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:18 pm

She should wait until she gets the job (but do the proper research just in case).
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby MRandall25 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:19 pm

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale ... 4833&Log=0

Used cars within 25 miles of the 15237 area code between 2000 and 7500 (since you didn't specify $$$)
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:24 pm

columbia wrote:She should wait until she gets the job (but do the proper research just in case).

Certainly the plan.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:25 pm

MRandall25 wrote:http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/searchresults.xhtml?zip=15237&endYear=2013&startYear=1981&listingType=used&sellerType=p&numRecords=25&searchRadius=25&maxPrice=7500&minPrice=2000&showcaseOwnerId=74833&Log=0

Used cars within 25 miles of the 15237 area code between 2000 and 7500 (since you didn't specify $$$)

This was my starting point. There are some reasonable options (it appears).
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby steelhammer on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:26 pm

Talk to user Joopen. He's an expert in this area.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby mac5155 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:27 pm

really cant go wrong with like a 2000 civic with ~100k miles.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:32 pm

mac5155 wrote:really cant go wrong with like a 2000 civic with ~100k miles.

At nearly 27 years old, I have never owned a car so my experience is driving my folks' car (that was principally available to me) when I was still in high school and college. It was a Dodge Pickup that never stood a prayer at lasting 100k miles. But it's my understanding that the Japanese Sedans can manage this quite well?
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby columbia on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:33 pm

If she buys the car, make sure that driving to get some good pizza is on top of the to-do list.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby mac5155 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:33 pm

basically any vehicle now should last to 100k miles if properly maintained. and by that i mean oil changed every 5k miles. I have a jeep liberty that has 212k miles on it and still runs good.
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:34 pm

columbia wrote:If she buys the car, make sure that driving to get some good pizza is on top of the to-do list.

Hahaha. I originally thought this was a misplaced chauvinistic comment, until I recalled our previous conversation. :fist:
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby columbia on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:36 pm

TheHammer24 wrote:
columbia wrote:If she buys the car, make sure that driving to get some good pizza is on top of the to-do list.

Hahaha. I originally thought this was a misplaced chauvinistic comment, until I recalled our previous conversation. :fist:


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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby JS© on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:40 pm

TheHammer24 wrote:
mac5155 wrote:really cant go wrong with like a 2000 civic with ~100k miles.

At nearly 27 years old, I have never owned a car so my experience is driving my folks' car (that was principally available to me) when I was still in high school and college. It was a Dodge Pickup that never stood a prayer at lasting 100k miles. But it's my understanding that the Japanese Sedans can manage this quite well?


definitely.

Toyota, Subaru, and especially Honda/Acura seem to last well into the 100ks
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:46 pm

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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:01 pm

Would she be interested in driving the FedEx 11 car?
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:02 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Would she be interested in driving the FedEx 11 car?

I find it somewhat ironic that, given my love of NASCAR and motor sports, I don't even own, let alone have the slightest understanding of, cars. Maybe that's why I like the Toyota drivers. 8-)
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Re: Need a car in a pinch

Postby Shyster on Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:40 pm

mac5155 wrote:basically any vehicle now should last to 100k miles if properly maintained. and by that i mean oil changed every 5k miles. I have a jeep liberty that has 212k miles on it and still runs good.

My ’03 Hyundai Elantra has 145,000 miles and still runs fine. I’ve being using Mobil 1 synthetic and premium oil filters since its first oil change (I like the Purolator PureONE filters). I use the factory-recommended oil-change interval of 7,500 miles. In those 145,000 miles, I’ve never—not once—had to add any oil between oil changes, and the line on the dipstick never moves. Other parts of my car might fail, but the engine itself still runs like new.
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