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Old 01-01-2019, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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OP here, anyone know older mazda's fare? I know rust is a concern with some of the older mazda's but I can't help but love their driving dynamics.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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In case you should consider an older Honda Civic, these cars are notorious for the ease with which they can be stolen.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:34 PM
 
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Some used cars are cheap because of the availability of them and some are cheap because used car dealers don't want them like used Cadillac's and Kia's that are hard to sell. In that price range I would seek advice on a car that is repairable rather than reliable.

I myself am on the look out for a 2000/2002 Buick Park Avenue driven by an old lady to church on Sunday whose grandson is her mechanic.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:15 AM
 
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I you are spending less than $2k, I think the focus needs to be more on the individual car and less on brands or models.


People selling cars that cheap are often, but certainly not always doing it because they have issues. You don't want to buy someone's head gasket issue. Find a car that is relatively clean, has a good maintenance history, and get it inspected carefully to determine existing problems. After that, it's a bit of a gamble, and you can use brand or model as a tie breaker if you find a few good ones.
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Old 01-02-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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I'd be looking at something with cosmetic damage. Dents, hail damage, bad paint, etc. That would allow you to get into a newer and more reliable car for the money.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:11 AM
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Location: SF, CA
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Default Crown Vic!

If I was looking for a car, I'd go down to So Cal and get this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Ford-Cr...frcectupt=true
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:48 AM
 
Location: White House, TN
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There's a lot bigger supply of cars at $3,000 and under than $2,000 and under. I searched on Car Gurus in my area, there are 30 cars for less than 2 grand vs. 131 for less than 3 grand.

I'd get a car with side curtain airbags. Those things saved my mom's life. Try to get something with a Good IIHS moderate overlap and a Good side impact rating. I definitely wouldn't go below Acceptable for side impact. Seems like it would be expensive, but it should be easy to find a car as old as the mid-2000s that meets these criteria.

Here's a list at: https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/safety-features

I also agree with getting a car with some cosmetic damage, e.g. dents, scratches, bad paint. Hondas and Toyotas are probably going to be expensive due to the name, I would try to find some more underappreciated model.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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I you are spending less than $2k, I think the focus needs to be more on the individual car and less on brands or models.

People selling cars that cheap are often, but certainly not always doing it because they have issues.
Exactly this. I sold a perfectly reliable car for under 2 grand because it was a 2-door coupe and we got tired of dealing with the baby seat in such a small car. At $2,000 you aren't really buying a make or model, you're buying that individual car.

Don't write off domestic brands. There's often a bit of a premium for Toyota or Honda in the used market, because of their reputation. But if you can get a lower mileage or lower priced domestic car, that might be the better choice from a pragmatic point of view.

At this price range, the more basic, the better.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Here's your rule: pre-purchase inspection.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:39 AM
 
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OP here, anyone know older mazda's fare? I know rust is a concern with some of the older mazda's but I can't help but love their driving dynamics.
~$2k can be a good deal for a Protege5 which is pretty reliable...if you buy it from outside the rust belt. One native to your area would be a Flintstone mobile by now.
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