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Old 08-21-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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im moving to maine shortly. here in central florida one can find a pretty decent vehicle for 3k .I was thinking of waiting till i moved to get a 4x4 truck but from what i just read i will buy here and take to there. At least it wont be a rust bucket lol
I have spoken with a couple college students in Maine; whose homes are down South. Every trip home get a $1k car, drive it to Maine, and sell it here.

Rust free!

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Maine!
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I have spoken with a couple college students in Maine; whose homes are down South. Every trip home get a $1k car, drive it to Maine, and sell it here.

Rust free!

Great idea! I know when it's time for a "new" car, we'll just take a trip back down south and find one. There seems to be a good supply of them here..........
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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Remember that when you bring an out of state car in you will need to pay the excise tax. If you also have to have it paid in NC, you will then be paying twice to two different states.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Remember that when you bring an out of state car in you will need to pay the excise tax. If you also have to have it paid in NC, you will then be paying twice to two different states.
The excise tax would be paid when the car is registered in Maine. If the owner sells the car before needing to register it, the new owner would pay the excise tax (plus sales tax on the purchase price) when s/he registers it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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For years, I located and shipped older rust free vehicles into the "rust belt" to include the New England States. Pick-up beds, full bodies, you name it. I located all of those vehicles out West, Nevada, Arizona, So. Cal etc..........

It's a buyers call, as there is a locator fee, and shipping.........however the demand for vehicles never stopped........Many East Coast buyers would also contact me to negotiate and or inspect a vehicle they had found on CL, E Bay or by private owner......just thinkin
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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budvoss is making a wise decision. There are a lot of auction "southern vehicle" deals in Maine which is why they sell for high prices. States in the South don't use calcium chloride on their roads.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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I've always been interested in cars maybe from being around mechanics throughout my life among other reasons. I have had several used cars and had good luck with them. When seriously looking, I join to get the Carfax report for a car I am seriously considering. CARFAX® - Official Site - Vehicle History Reports on Used Cars for Sale Some lenders will pull up a Carfax report at no cost to you. If you're not borrowing the money to buy the car, that bit of info doesn't matter I guess. My nephew finds lots of older vehicles--he just has a knack for it....lives in Hancock.

I just searched New Cars, Used Cars - Find Cars at AutoTrader.com with the search criteria of any make, used cars, years 1981-1997 within 200 miles of Bangor and arrange the results according to price low to high. You have to dig a little deeper to get a price with some of them, but if you're serious about finding something, like mainebrokerman says gotta do your research and be willing to drive a little further than next door. I think it's rare that the car you want pulls up in front of your house and says here I am, buy me. Find Your Car: Used Listings Near Bangor, ME 04401 - AutoTrader.com scroll down the page

To those who mentioned going south to find a car, it could be worth it and New Cars, Used Cars - Find Cars at AutoTrader.com can help you find something as well as ebay motors.

Just for the record...I have no interest in a Subaru for myself, but have friends who love them. Mainebrokerman, that's good advice about having a mechanic check over a used car before buying--it's worth the $50.

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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Remember that when you bring an out of state car in you will need to pay the excise tax. If you also have to have it paid in NC, you will then be paying twice to two different states.
still way cheaper than buying a NEW vehicle...as Coaster says excise tax, sales tax...possibly personal property tax from buying in another state....$3,000?, $6,000?, $15,000?, $25,000?, $35,000? It's up to each individual. btw, Terry Pinkham (castle looking place on the Bangor Rd.) in Ellsworth used to sell classic cars...not many on the lot recently....doubt that they are cheap....but for some, could be the way to go.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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A few years ago, I looked and looked, for a decent, corolla, civic, jetta, my top 3 picks....but I kept seeing ford focus's popping up being very reasonable, well, one day I saw one on maine craigslist in lewiston,,, a 2002 for 3995 with 85k miles
I went there quickly and tried it out- bought it and it went 240,000 miles with 30 plus mpg. with little maintenance

with my new job last year,,,they prefer you have a newer car, and it had to be a sedan, not a small car or a coupe..
doing the research on mid size cars, the sonata, started looking more and more attractive
in early 2011, I was looking at 2010, most all were around 17-18k for used, then one day out of the blue, one popped up in lisbon falls on craigslist for 13,999 a 2010 with 25k
3-4k cheaper than most anywheres else
I drove right there and he said someone is on thier way-asked him to set it aside, wanted to buy it sight unseen..
I took it for a ride and it drove like brand new, so I offered him cash on the spot - he took it.

there are deals to be had,,,,but youve got to know what you are looking for or at....

I picked it up the next day, he said he had over 100 calls on the car., and he should have went higher on the price


used cars are tough....it's always worth paying a mechanic 50.00 to look it over before you buy a used car,,,that 50.00 can save you thousands
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I posted this before on another used car thread here a while back. I bought this 1995 pickup in CA along with a trailer in Aug. '09. I paid $5000. for it. A diesel with only 120k miles. It was rust free and in perfect shape. I sold it in Dover that fall for $5700. Plus the trailer I bought for $1200. in CA, I sold for $1300. in Dover. My gas bill for the 3200 mile trip was about $800. It took me from Monday morning in Sacramento and I got in Dover at 7pm Friday night.

The truck sold the first day to a fisherman in Harpswell. He wanted a plow truck. He brought a friend with him and they went over the truck from bumper to bumper. After standing up from inspecting underneath the truck and looking at all the possible rust points, they had smiles on their faces and brought out the cash.



And with trailer:



I really dislike flying and I will always come back to Maine with a vehicle bought out here. There are literally hundreds in your price range out here between Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. I would think that one could fly and drive for a new used car just about anywhere. If CA, you can usually get back to Maine in just 3-4 days comfortably in a car without a trailer. I will usually look at it a a side job, not a vacation. Although one could see a lot of country as a plus. Florida is certainly much closer than the west and is only a couple days ride in a car.
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