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Old 10-06-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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I'm planning on moving to Colorado from California, hopefully by Summer of 2008 & i've been thinking about purchasing a car.

Would you guys recommend me purchasing the car here & bringing it there or waiting till I get there to make the purchase?

Also, if I do buy the car in Cali, someone told me something about having to adjust the car for the altitude or something like that (i'm horrible with cars so can't remember)... is that true & if so, how much would it cost?
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Old 10-06-2007, 06:33 PM
 
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It really wouldn't make any difference, you should just make your purchase at the most convenient time for you. If you could use the car now, go ahead - if you don't need it until you're in Colorado, purchase it here.

I have never heard about adjusting anything for the altitude, it should make no difference. If you're purchasing a used car, you might want to get it checked by a mechanic when in Colorado to make sure everything will be OK for winters. If you're buying a new car, it shouldn't matter.

Other than that, just make sure you have good all-weather or winter tires and good windshield wipers and you should be just fine.

Your car will adjust to the altitude a lot easier than you will.
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Old 10-06-2007, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Would you guys recommend me purchasing the car here & bringing it there or waiting till I get there to make the purchase?

Also, if I do buy the car in Cali, someone told me something about having to adjust the car for the altitude or something like that (i'm horrible with cars so can't remember)... is that true & if so, how much would it cos
If you're getting a car anyway, get some form of Subaru. It's a great car and has All Wheel Drive. It'll be very handy in CO. If you're buying a used car, buy in CA. Cars get thrashed here due to the sand/salt stuff applied to roads in the winter. Snow tracked in from shoes doesn't do the interior any good either. This is one of the con's about living here compared to SoCal.
Modern fuel injection systems in cars today will compensate for altitude. No adjustment necessary. I would recommend you have the wiper blades replaced and winter windshield washer fluid installed. I can't tell you how important these are for safe driving in the winter.
Good luck with your move.
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:14 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I would wait. we put so much smog crap on our cars in Cali they have to run better w/o all the smog stuff on. It did seem the car we rented in Denver got better milegae than the one we drive in Cali. They are the same car. Also noticed they have 85 octane gas in CO we only have 87 89 and 91.
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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It did seem the car we rented in Denver got better milegae than the one we drive in Cali. They are the same car. Also noticed they have 85 octane gas in CO we only have 87 89 and 91.
This is due to the fuel system running leaner due to altitude. There is less oxygen and so less fuel is used. There is also less horsepower being produced, so the car will feel a little sluggish. Our Mazda in San Diego regularly got about 28 mpg. In CO it got almost 10 more. Of course it felt like the brake was on all the time. Our old Toyota truck with V-6 and automatic gets close to 30 mpg here, about 6 better than sea level.
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Old 10-06-2007, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Westminster, CO
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I'd consider the effects of humidity as well. Mechanics have told me that cars from places outside the desert/mountain states tend to be subject to rusting from humidity quite often. Not sure about SoCal though.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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I'd consider the effects of humidity as well. Mechanics have told me that cars from places outside the desert/mountain states tend to be subject to rusting from humidity quite often. Not sure about SoCal though.
A car's life in SoCal is much better than CO. The salt content of the stuff that is spread will corrode things like exhaust and alloy wheels. It also takes the paint off everything in front and dulls headlight housings. I just read where Colorado Springs is going to increase the salt percentage to the same level as Denver. Cars from the south near the coast or Hawaii can suffer from the salt content in the humidity.
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:49 AM
 
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thanks for all the responses i'm planning to buy a new car so guess i can wait till i get there. wasn't aware of the salt content factor, thanks for that.
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