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24 November 2009 @ 04:48 pm
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You know, i wonder what would happen if i made a list of all their otherwise attractive cars in the $16k-$17k range and started calling them up one at a time and saying "i've got $15.5k in cash, that means i can afford a $14k car before tax and registration. If i were happy with your car after a test drive i'd be willing to put that money down with no further negotiation," what would happen? Most of them would presumably laugh at me. Some might say yes, but then try to renege once i got there, and either insist that i could really afford a little more, or just offer financing. I wonder if any of them would take me up on it and actually follow through? Probably pretty low odds, but i wonder if they're so low that it's not worth trying.
Squidceph on November 25th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
This comment is about buying new cars, not used ones, but some of the strategies might be applicable.
受け継がれる意志: Luffy-annoyed :{reuninstall}:doctorskuld on November 25th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
You never know until you try? Until then, I totally commiserate with the hell that is car shopping. UGH.

Unfortunately, finding anything for 15.5K is going to be difficult if you're aiming at cars in the 16-17K range. :/ I'm going through the same thing with my budget, which is regrettably smaller than yours.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 25th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Uh, no. My target price for Matrixes is about $8500.
Cj: booksporfinn on November 25th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Have you gone to yahoo's auto search? It might give you a better idea of car prices in Southern California. I don't think you can get a Toyota Matrix after 2005 for less than 9k. And Prius's start around 11k for 2005 models, and that is from individuals selling cars, not dealerships.
DonAithnendonaithnen on November 25th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
No, i've been using Autotrader, but yeah, according to both Edmunds and Consumer Reports i ought to be able to get an "average" 2005 Matrix for $8500. I ought to be able to get an "average" 2005 Prius for $11950-$14577, an "average" 2006 Prius for $13800-$15821, or an "average" 2007 Prius for $15750-$17152.

Since the Prius would save me about $1000 a year in gas and maintenance, i'm first looking for a something between a "good" 2005 Prius and a "worn" 2007 Prius, if i totally fail at that the only viable alternative as far as total cost of ownership goes would be a 2005 Matrix.