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Old 06-11-2010, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by eyesmax View Post

We are a family of 4 members coming to LA for a year. I am thinking to buy a car then resale it by the end of my year. So, what is the best way to buy the car in LA??

Do you recomend to go for dealers or to look for it online?
What kind of cars can get for $8000 - $9000?

Thank you,
If your not a mechanic, or don't know about cars, I would just go through CarMax - Browse used cars and new cars online.

For 8k you should be able to get a nice set of wheels.. Stick with Honda or Toyota.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr.Bungle View Post
While I appreciate that your information is meant to be helpful, I can't help but ask if you've ever driven in Ventura County? Traffic exists there just as much as Los Angeles. Buying a car that has previously been in another state is fine. So long as you have a mechanic inspect it and make sure there is no rust. I'm not sure if you were around earlier this year but parts of Los Angeles flooded, including some cars. Buying a car that has been in "L.A. traffic" is fine too, so long as the owner is able to provide maintenance records to prove the car's service history. I will NEVER take someone's word for it. I've been screwed over ($4k engine rebuild) by taking a licensed dealer's word for it.

As I stated in my previous post, Carfax is a great tool but not always 100% accurate. Hence my suggestion for a PPI by a qualified mechanic. It doesn't matter where the vehicle is from! Check to make sure it meets CA emissions, make sure the frame is not bent, check for accident damage repair and the quality. etc... etc... Edmunds has a car buying guide. Edmunds does offer price assessments however, as I stated before, KBB is the standard.

My intention is not to flame or slam 24hr7, I just think your information, while trying to be helpful, is slightly flawed.
My comment is my opinion and meant to be taken as information and not a rule. I can't even count how many cars I have purchased over the last 10 years. I have partnered with mechanic shops and motoring shops buying and selling cars and restore cars so I have my share of experience and knowlege to share. While I may be slightly flawed in your opinion but knock on wood I have not been burned. No worries, I dont feel slammed or flamed by you at all. We are all just trying to share information and help the OP. OP need to look at everything and make an informed decision for him/her self.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:51 AM
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Thank you all for your help. I got a nice idea of buying a car in LA.

thank you again
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:05 AM
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A friend who seems to always be buying used cars every 2 or 3 yrs also mentioned a good tip of getting a vehicle's AutoCheck report, in addition to Carfax. He says that AutoCheck notes down frame damage that Carfax sometimes misses.
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