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Old 11-21-2014, 12:36 AM
 
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Any ideas about this? I got a used Mercedes mid 2013 which I now need to get rid of as the repairs are too expensive. I don't really want to buy a new car because I think that within 3 years or so I'll be moving back to a large city where I don't need a car. In the next 3 years I'll probably do 50-60,000 miles so I'd like to find something pretty fuel efficient and reliable so I don't have to put a lot into repairs.

I was thinking a Toyota or Honda anywhere from 2007-2010 to get the best price and hopefully a reliable ride with decent fuel efficiency. Just cannot see how buying a new car makes any sense other than saving on maintenance which would be swamped by depreciation selling the car on the back end. Any suggestions? Also any tips for how not to get ripped off? If you go to a dealer rather than a private party, do most dealers allow you to take the car to an independent mechanic to get it checked out? After my last experience that's something I want to do.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:15 AM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Ok Ill bite. What kind of repairs are you needing on a 2013 Mercedes?
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:48 AM
 
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if I was gonna buy a Mercedes it would be an old 300 or 250D those things run for ever
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I think you're right about Toyota and Honda but also consider Nissan. All are very well made and last. But if you're going to be putting 50,000 or 60,000 miles on it in the next three years, I'd suggest going new. The basic, economy, vehicle in each line will hold it's value pretty well. And if you start with a used one, with say 40,000 or 50,000 miles, you'll be driving a car with over 100,000 before you're finished and any car with that many miles will likely have problems.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Any ideas about this? I got a used Mercedes mid 2013 which I now need to get rid of as the repairs are too expensive. I don't really want to buy a new car because I think that within 3 years or so I'll be moving back to a large city where I don't need a car. In the next 3 years I'll probably do 50-60,000 miles so I'd like to find something pretty fuel efficient and reliable so I don't have to put a lot into repairs.

I was thinking a Toyota or Honda anywhere from 2007-2010 to get the best price and hopefully a reliable ride with decent fuel efficiency. Just cannot see how buying a new car makes any sense other than saving on maintenance which would be swamped by depreciation selling the car on the back end. Any suggestions? Also any tips for how not to get ripped off? If you go to a dealer rather than a private party, do most dealers allow you to take the car to an independent mechanic to get it checked out? After my last experience that's something I want to do.
What's a "MID" 2013 Mercedes? Anyway, maybe a late model certified pre-owned car will fit your needs.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:22 AM
 
Location: NC
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A 2013 Mercedes needing repairs? Most people get newer luxury cars because there are warranties specifically covering major items and some even include routine maintenance?!?!

You are going to take a financial bath on this vehicle now.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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Perhaps you should consider leasing a vehicle since you don't plan on keeping it long.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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If you know nothing about cars a Honda or Toyota would be a good fit. I've owned both and quite frankly have never had any major issues with either one. My 2002 Honda Accord still looks great and is going strong. My mechanic said it should last another ten years at this rate.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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Perhaps you should consider leasing a vehicle since you don't plan on keeping it long.
^^^this^^^ I was going to recommend something else, but seriously, if you don't want to deal with repairs at all and you know in 3 years you won't even want a vehicle, in your situation perhaps leasing is perfect. You could get an economy car with a really low monthly lease payment and in 3 years off-load it.

The only really important consideration is whether you could keep to the lease contract mileage.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:12 AM
 
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Unless you're moving into New York City, chances are you will need a car even in big cities like DC, Atlanta, LA, etc.
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