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Old 10-04-2010, 09:28 AM
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
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Yeah, you are right! It was almost the same.

For example, dealers tried to sell Toyota Camry 1998 for $4400. And it was sold AS IS. I bought my Accord 2000 and payed less than 4000. Some small dents, few minor problems, 135K miles. All I want is just to do some small repairs and some scheduled maintaince, because I'm not sure that previous owner did all maintaince. For example, I want to call to auto-service where this car was serviced and ask them about timing belt and other works.

Before I bought the car I used a taxi, and since that I saved a lot of money, because I have to use the car every day: work, fitness, stores, weekend trips and so on.

Since I drive mostly a short distances (2-4 miles), so I spend no more than 10gal ($26-27) per week.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:15 PM
Location: Indian Shores, FL
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Buying cars that are nearly new - from leasing companies or rental companies - might be worth looking into. Might be able to pick up a nice, slightly used car this way. Carmax.com is another way, never used them, but might be another good way to find a car. CarMax - Browse used cars and new cars online

Will it be difficult getting used to driving on the right side of the road instead of the left side as you do in the UK?
I will indeed have GREAT difficulty adjusting Bucfan! lol When I first had to drive in Florida waaaaaaay back in 1994, I drove onto oncoming traffic quite a few times! I was an equal liability when we returned to UK and I had to get used to driving on the other side again! Hubby however takes to it like a duck to water! why is that???? Why can men manage to make the adjustment far easier than women??

I received confirmation of my visa petition today YAY!!! Will be heading down to the London US embassy hopefully next week to get my interview,...then we'll be booking flights shortly after that. I'll be picking everyone's brains about all sorts!
Will likely start a new thread specifically re where to purchase cars, because that is on the priority agenda for sorting out...can't do much without a car in FL

Thankyou for the link Bucfan, will go have a nosy. Incidently, would anyone have any thoughts re a Subaru ? Hubby fancies one, but I dont!
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:21 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Subarus (Outback) are noteworthy for reliability. I owned one, no problems, just boring to drive. It is a very good snow and heavy rain car since it is all-wheel-drive. They may not look great, but they are good cars, in my opinion. If you ever go up to Utah or NY snow country, they're everywhere.
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