I have to say, though, that it's hard to beat a minivan for practicality.
It is easy to get in and out and it can haul a lot of people and stuff.
But I understand the soccer mom thing
He's right. Growing up driving the family minivan, I've been very resistant to them. But man, you can fit a lot in there and the new models drive better than ever.
If you reconsider, take a look at a used Hyundai Entourage
Some great suggestions for Amy, thanks guys.
Meh, I'd avoid Entourage--it doesn't get good reliability ratings.
Honda Odyssey is a better bet, even though it'll cost a little more.
On the other hand, the Entourage would probably still have the original warranty in effect, since Hyundai offers six years.
Gotta love some disagreement ;)
Jess, what is your favoritie used car?
Here's our next question about mileage on a used car
Well I'm a Honda girl myself, and I like to sit up high, so I love the CR-V. It gets terrific reliabilty ratings and has a fair price--it's one of our picks this year.
It depends on the accident. If you have any reason to believe there was frame damage, stay away
But if the accident was minor, involving a fender of bumper, I'd go for it if the mileage is lower.
Always check the CarFax report before you buy.
Yup, CarFax and AutoCheck are both $30 for one report or $45 for a few.
Money well spent, for sure.
And if you follow Mark's earlier advice about getting an inspection by a mechanic, they can tell you if the accidents caused any more damage that's not been 100% fixed.
Jessica ACTUALLY owns a 1997 Honda Civic
I used to as well (mine was black, hers white). But I donated mine last year
Haha, I love that. It's our running joke.
Speaking of getting an inspection by a mechanic, we actually have a question about that.
It's not an imposition if they want to sell their car.
Your best bet is to leave some insurance with them--a driver's license, a credit card, etc--so they know you'll bring the car back.
Or offer to meet them at the shop.
If there's nothing wrong with the car, they shouldn't refuse. If they do, that's a red flag.
If the seller won't agree, is it best just to walk away?
It's all about establishing trust.
Yes. I'd never buy from a private seller without getting the car inspected.
The seller should agree to let you drive it--sometimes they simply will ride with you.
Thanks, Jessica. Here's a similar question from Kenneth who's considering buying a car from a private seller.
And if they want to ride with you to the shop or meet you there, fine. But I absolutely agree with Jessica
You'll get the best price from a private party.
If your coworker can vouch for this friend, all the better.
It could get sticky if there's a problem later--but