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159 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 11 Aug 2022 at 9:35 PM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-11 7:40:33 PM  
Costco
 
2022-08-11 7:42:17 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Costco


Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.
 
2022-08-11 7:51:13 PM  
I'm more of a wander around the lot touching fenders longingly type.
 
2022-08-11 7:51:35 PM  

Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.


Costco
 
2022-08-11 8:02:42 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.

Costco


Hmmm. I'll poke at that a bit.

Thanks.
 
2022-08-11 8:03:48 PM  
I found both of ours through Craigslist. It seems to be a good aggregator for private sales, dealers, whatever.
 
2022-08-11 8:05:12 PM  

Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.

Costco

Hmmm. I'll poke at that a bit.

Thanks.


3 model years from current, max.

Doesn't seem very cost effective.
 
2022-08-11 8:17:39 PM  
https://bringatrailer.com/

Depends on your budget.
 
2022-08-11 8:20:06 PM  
I bought from CarMax, but you can do pretty good high-level surveys here: Auto Trader
 
2022-08-11 8:21:43 PM  
When I was ready I bought from CarMax. But for looking around at the buying landscape, I used Auto Trader .
 
2022-08-11 8:22:33 PM  
ok well sorry for the repost - the goddam website was so slow I figured the first try got killed on the way
 
2022-08-11 8:32:32 PM  

RolandTGunner: https://bringatrailer.com/

Depends on your budget.


Woof.

Someday when I want a Shelby Cobra again maybe. Shiat be rich there.
 
2022-08-11 8:40:06 PM  
Depending on what you want, the dealers usually get first pick of the cars coming off 3 year lease.  I start by looking to see what the local ones have to offer.
 
2022-08-11 8:40:16 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.

Costco


I looked at Costco once when I was in the market. It was lame.
 
2022-08-11 9:02:26 PM  
Just bought a new tacoma in June. Cars.com had more listings and better searches but ultimately I had to just plug the vins into vincheck.info because no one site (between cars.com auto trader and car gurus) was 100% accurate about the the options and included equipment and if the car was sold or not.
 
2022-08-11 9:33:30 PM  
Check out local car leasing companies and check their lease return inventory.

Bought Mrs Farkie's 2011 BMW convertible with less than 30k miles on it in 2014 for less than half the price of a new one.

Plus the leasing company paid for all scheduled maintenance during the lease, so you know you're getting something that won't crap out on you a month later.
 
2022-08-11 10:14:12 PM  
Just bought a 5 yo car.

Used Fueleconomy.gov Fuelly.com, and whatever site told me how much rear leg room cars have.
Then I used carfax  and CL to locate, went and drove a bunch. Wound up at a brand specific dealership, but got what I wanted, and I'm a picky SoB.

Made a little list of my recs (highly recommend this)
1. Fuel economy >30 gallon combined
2. Rear leg room > 35 inches
3. Manual trans
4. Hatch or wagon.  I believe in two doors or five. Four is a bore. (except I test drove a 91 Jetta Ecodiesel)
5. Not a Prius
6. Less than 100k miles
7. Black, please!
8. Navigation, bluetooth, etc.

I got everything but #7.

Very happy so far.
 
2022-08-11 10:20:06 PM  

Wanebo: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.

Costco

Hmmm. I'll poke at that a bit.

Thanks.

3 model years from current, max.

Doesn't seem very cost effective.


It's okay.  I still like you.  I hate dealing with dealerships and salespeople. The Costco program did not eliminate it, but made it a little less hostile.
 
TWX
2022-08-11 10:32:55 PM  
I found my '95 Impala SS on autotrader.  I think I found my pickup on there too but I can't remember with certainty.  Both were obviously used, and both came from dealerships.
 
TWX
2022-08-11 10:33:35 PM  

west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Wanebo: west.la.lawyer: Costco

Maybe I should have stated used vehicles.

Costco

Hmmm. I'll poke at that a bit.

Thanks.

3 model years from current, max.

Doesn't seem very cost effective.

It's okay.  I still like you.  I hate dealing with dealerships and salespeople. The Costco program did not eliminate it, but made it a little less hostile.


Try e-mailing and negotiating the whole thing that way.  Just show up to spend a half-hour signing paperwork and then drive home.
 
2022-08-11 10:52:23 PM  
Cargurus

Ignore anything that's a sponsored listing. I've also found the places that say "delivers nationwide" are the worst deals, even if their lot is close to you.
 
2022-08-12 12:49:38 AM  
I'm old, so I panicked and disregarded the question until I proved to myself that zombo.com is still intact.
 
2022-08-12 6:46:11 AM  
Craigslist for two of my last three.
In the market again, fortunately not in a hurry.
I'm also looking on the FB market place, not impressed; Craigslist has better search filtering, post detail viewing, list display.
 
2022-08-12 8:38:38 AM  
I used to like Autotrader, but the listings are stuffed with cars too far outside my search range.  Not to mention too many ads from big vulture dealers.

I usually just check the web pages of  local dealerships with less predatory sales staff.
 
2022-08-12 8:58:30 AM  

RolandTGunner: https://bringatrailer.com/

Depends on your budget.


This....plenty of interesting inexpensive options.

In that same direction, Cars and Bids...
 
2022-08-12 9:00:10 AM  

Opacity: Cargurus

Ignore anything that's a sponsored listing. I've also found the places that say "delivers nationwide" are the worst deals, even if their lot is close to you.


And they don't always have the title handy...and quality is very hit or miss...
 
2022-08-12 10:04:14 AM  
anything is possible, on zombo.com
 
2022-08-12 11:56:47 AM  
I think CarSoup.com was helpful the last time that I was shopping.
But if you really want a different vehicle: http://www.exarmyvehicles.com/
 
2022-08-12 12:13:32 PM  
Auto Trader, Carmax, the dealer (CPO cars) etc.
 
2022-08-12 1:35:38 PM  
Tough time to be looking for a car, new or used.  I usually look at either dealer sites or Autotrader.
 
2022-08-12 1:39:23 PM  
Craigslist. They give the best deals, you pay cash and don't ask any questions. They're very busy so they can only meet behind Wal-Mart at 2am.
 
2022-08-12 1:40:42 PM  
outside of fark and gmail, my most visited site is probably autotrader. I am always looking at whats around me, I usually go to the actual dealer sites though to actually make decisions. I have never bought a car from a private seller so craigslist or whatever has not been an option.
 
2022-08-12 3:35:40 PM  
check out the high end dealers in your area.  It isn't uncommon to find a really nicely equipped Honda, Toyota or Subaru at a BMW or Merc dealer; not many people go from a beater to a 7 series in a single step.

Also those dealers don't want other (lesser) brands on their lots so you can usually get a good price.  you do have to move quick though because if they can't sell it quick to the public it's off the auction.
 
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