Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Sedans


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 7th September 2007, 01:50   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 363
Thanked: 0 Times
Post Pre-owned sedan/suv/hatch purchase in Seattle, Washington - Budget of USD 4000

Hello everyone,

@ All t-bhpians already in USA - Inputs would be really really helpful.


Have plans to move to states in last week of September. Will be in Miami for a week or so (Mustang rented for 1 week through payless!! ).

First week of October, will be making a move to Seattle, Washington. One of the immediate purchases to be made there is, ofcourse, a mode of rapid transport for the next 1 - 1.5 years.

I have a limited and FIXED budget of USD 4000. Have absolutely no clue what to expect. Are there any web-sites giving indicative prices of pre-owned vehicles for sale across USA?

Thanks to all in advance.

regards

rev_hard

Last edited by rev_hard : 7th September 2007 at 01:51.
rev_hard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2007, 17:47   #2
BHPian
 
mohit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Toronto / Kurukshetra
Posts: 641
Thanked: 120 Times
Default

try New Car Prices | Used Car Values - Official Kelley Blue Book Site. It can give you some idea about pricing based on models trim and mileage. You will need a zip code of the place where you are going.
mohit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th September 2007, 22:55   #3
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,953
Thanked: 15,648 Times
Default

For around 4000$ in california you can get a 7 year old Corolla/Accord/Civic type of car with around 70K miles on the odo.
If you go for an american car you will get a newer car.
Seattle rates are similar to California. I suggest you visit used car lots and haggle. Its easy to get 15% off the marked price. Company certified vehicles cost 15-30% more in the used car market.

The best thing for you would be a 2000is honda civic with around 70K miles on the odo. The spares are cheap and readily available.
Make sure you check the tranny. Tranny repair is around 3000-5000$$ and its the only thing which goes wrong with a slightly abused honda or toyota.

Also when you decide on the car, google for all the recalls issued and lawsuits etc,. filed on that model. If there was a recall, make sure that it was availed.

Also by paying 30$ or so you get a Car report called carfax which has the vehicle history(All accidents, services etc., etc.,)
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2007, 00:34   #4
BHPian
 
mohit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Toronto / Kurukshetra
Posts: 641
Thanked: 120 Times
Default

Another linky... am sure you will find this useful
craigslist | cars & trucks
mohit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2007, 00:49   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
rr_zen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chennai, India
Posts: 1,711
Thanked: 262 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post
For around 4000$ in california you can get a 7 year old Corolla/Accord/Civic type of car with around 70K miles on the odo.
Am afraid your expectations are a bit far-fetched. For $4000 it is very difficult to get any one of those cars you have mentioned above under normal circumstances. I spent more than three months before I bought my car and have made quite a bit of research on this one, if not extensively.

I bought my 1999 Civic with 72K on the odo for $7000 (excluding taxes, titling & registration)

Also, if you come across a car for a price you have quoted, am sure that there would be some problem or the other with its title or history. Again, as you rightly said, a subscription to carfax will take care of that.
rr_zen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2007, 03:03   #6
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 103
Thanked: Once
Default

My suggestion would be to look at a pontiac grandam - 2001/2002 models - in 2005 a 2002 grandam was going for around 6K so that could be available for 4K or less.
Kelley Blue book is your best bet though
vikrantw1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2007, 03:12   #7
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,953
Thanked: 15,648 Times
Default

Bay are is the silicon valley, with lots of yuppy engineers. So you have lots of these old cars for sale.
My friend has a 1997 honda civic done 100,000+ miles for which he is getting only 2800$.
So you have to look very very hard.
I am sure Seattle will also have a bigger market than the rural US
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2007, 04:01   #8
BHPian
 
ashwin_seattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: seattle/chandig
Posts: 122
Thanked: 10 Times
Default

Here's the link to get a honda within $4000 in seattle:
seattle-tacoma craigslist > cars & trucks: search for "honda"=

you can get something like this which is not bad at all:
1997 Honda Civic DX sedan, 127,300 miles. 5 speed, runs fine.

for a toyota, something like this:
TOYOTA CAMRY LE 1996

You can also start looking here:
Cars and Trucks - Windows Live Expo - Free Online Classifieds

Simple funda: if you plan to stay longer(like 1 +year), extend your budget and go for a 1998+ car with less than 100k miles on board.
If short term, the above cars listed in the links work.
ashwin_seattle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-owned Optra / Pre-owned Accent CRDi / New Tata Indigo ashthedivx Sedans 15 24th February 2007 14:03
pre-owned Baleno vs pre-owned Accent vs ikon flair rohantn Sedans 36 16th February 2007 20:27
pre-owned Wagon R or pre-owned Bolero - pls advice rohantn Hatchbacks 26 7th February 2007 17:02
Pre-owned Ford mondeo vs Pre-owned Skoda octavia azifali Sedans 6 24th July 2006 13:46


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 06:23.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks