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Suggestions for used car purchase

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Feb 11, 2012
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Suggestions for used car purchase

Hi RFD'ers

Situation:
Looking for some advice on a first time used car purchase - Acura ILX 2017 premium 100k km for around 14k - private seller based in GTA

The price is pretty decent compared to the other cars on AT/Kijiji, i've mentioned I wanted a mechanic take a look (probably a mobile mechanic) and they are open to it.

Do we think prices will get better in the used market? Or will it get worse with corporate workers going back in sept? ( I need a car for when we do get pulled back into the office)

Problem:
They don't have plates or insurance on the car anymore. I can't test drive it legally or have a mechanic lift the car up. What would you do? Should I just settle and buy one from a dealership (honda/acura)

Any tips / comments would be helpful
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Jan 15, 2006
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Low ball if you can't test drive.
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May 31, 2008
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Personally, I wouldn't even consider it. Not being able to test drive AND not having a mechanic do a full proper inspection would make it a hard pass for me. Buying at a dealer doesn't guarantee you will get a good car, but at least you can do basic things like test drives and inspections. This is your first car and you want it to be a positive experience. Pay a little more if you have to for the peace of mind.
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Sep 1, 2004
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Benito18 wrote: Do we think prices will get better in the used market?
Only if you take oilerfan with you when you shop. :D

Joking aside, I don't think so. 2020 was a shitty year due to lower sales. 2021 is a shitty year thanks to lack of chips. Rental agencies are so short on cars that they have nothing to send to the used market and anything worth a flip are all heading across the border to US.

Now the whole getting back to work in Sep thing may not happen but it doesn't mean used prices won't remain strong.

Heck, go unhaggle.com any SUVs that right, it's not hard to find what average people pays is over MSRP for new cars.
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Jul 12, 2003
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I wouldn't buy it if I cannot test drive it or let mechanic to inspect it.

You don't necessary have to buy from dealerships, their price are horrible.
Just search for another one on kijiji
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I keep hearing good things about those Lexus IS, apparently they are almost bulletproof according to Scotty Kilmer. Rev up your engines!
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No plates or insurance = straight up curb sider.

Avoid 100%

To save yourself headache, all starting Qs to any car ad should be:

1. Is the car registered in your name?
2. Is the car plated?
2. Is the car insured?

If no to any of those 3; on to the next.

Also any short term owner (<1 year) I would avoid.
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May 21, 2015
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No test drive no buy.. move on.
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radeonboy wrote: I keep hearing good things about those Lexus IS, apparently they are almost bulletproof according to Scotty Kilmer. Rev up your engines!
You're kidding right? Lol
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Notsojdmgc4 wrote: You're kidding right? Lol
Dude Scotty Kilmer is never wrong! Don't disrespect Scotty like that.

Rev up your engines!

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