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4/18/2021 9:59:29 PM
Posted: 6/3/2008 6:04:17 AM EDT
1995 toyota corolla, 124000 miles, 4 door, 4 cylinder, manual windows and locks. cd player. interior is great, minor dings on exterior. fender bender on left front headlight, but lights were replaced.

drives great, but not very fast. about to have a mechnaic look at it, in 30 mins.

2500$. sound good?

eta: he wont take less than 3000$ so I walked away
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:19:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:23:06 AM EDT
Seems about 1k to much, but with the flight out of SUV's might be ok.....I still think its overpriced maybe $1800 if mechanically sound
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:42:57 AM EDT
Sounds just alittle high.

Not sure what book is on it, but most likely you can get him down to $2K w/ alittle arf.com savvy.

I bought my gf a 1997 Toyota Camry LE  4cyl ( 1 owner ) off of CraigsList 2 years ago for $5K. it only had 80K miles and was in exc condition. 2 years later and it's still running strong and maint. free except for fluid changes.

Small economy cars are a hot commodity right now due to gas prices. If it's a really good buy... one of the 1st to see it will snatch it up.

Best of luck
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:47:09 AM EDT
blue book is 2300 for fair conditon and 2700 for good (no mechenical defects).

I have been looking on craiglist and 3 different newspaper calssifieds for about 2 months now, and this is the best deal I have found on either a honda or toyota.

(except the '93 with 127K miles, that I could have gotten for 2k, but I tried to get it cheaper and he sold it)
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:47:11 AM EDT
I would offer $1800 - $2000.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:48:21 AM EDT

I would offer $1800 - $2000.

already did. he said he wouldnt take less than blue book
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:51:07 AM EDT
uggghh....the used small car market is hot....scorching hot right now....if its checks out mechanically...I guess blue book for fair would be ok.....the crunched fender and dings bring it into the "fair" condition.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:53:12 AM EDT
ok I am taking it to the mechanic right now. if It checks out, I will offer the guy 2300.

honestly I am willing to go up to 2500 right now. like you said, the market is crazy right now. when I was 17 my first car was a 96 geo prizm (rebadged corolla) and I only paid 2k for it, although it had closer to 200K miles. today I am buying a much older car (relativly) and paying MORE.

fucking gas prices.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:56:15 AM EDT
yeah....I see the prices on some of them(small cars) in the autotrader and I cant belive it....4 years ago they were the scourge of the auto market.....now they are gobbled up at prices that make me go
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 6:58:15 AM EDT
ya, I sell used cars for a living (go ahead...get it out) and the small 4 cyl car market is crazy...2500 sounds good if it checks out...he may just tell ya to kick dirt if you come at him w/ an unreasonable offer because it WILL sell quick. But hey, never hurts to ask; the market is different everywhere in the country.

Around here, we have small 4cyl imports going for KBB RETAIL prices at the auctions

But I can buy Mountaineers and such about $8-9k behind book

Link Posted: 6/3/2008 7:37:21 AM EDT
too much - especially for soemthething that has been in an accident.

my .02
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:08:04 PM EDT
well the guy wouldnt take less than 3000$. after I spent 60$ paying aamco to look at the transmission and stuff.

thats 700$ over the blue book value for fair, and 300$ over the good consition value. its just about at the price of a new 95 corolla (if you could even find such a thing)


this shit is getting really fucking old. I cant beleive i passed up the 93, I have been kicking myself for a month
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:15:28 PM EDT
You didn't miss out on anything.  124,000 miles and 13 years old is A LOT, even for a Toyota.

If that is the best deal you can find, you would be better off getting one new.  (and I am about the last person in the world to ever advise buying new. )

Honda and Toyota have a cult following, a mythical status right now.  You are unlikely to find any reasonable deals in the very well used market.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:16:41 PM EDT
Sounds decent. I bought a 1995 for the same amount of money 3-4 years ago. It didn't have body damage though.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:18:37 PM EDT

Sounds decent. I bought a 1995 for the same amount of money 3-4 years ago. It didn't have body damage though.

apparently the market is totally different today, I did the smae thing when I was 17
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:23:58 PM EDT


Honda and Toyota have a cult following, a mythical status right now.  You are unlikely to find any reasonable deals in the very well used market.

so what the fuck am I supposed to do, as a broke college student?

what other brand is decent and cheap?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:25:20 PM EDT
how about a used mazda?  or a saturn?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:26:08 PM EDT

how about a used mazda?  or a saturn?

ha, just had a saturn and the transmission went at 181K miles.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:28:29 PM EDT
how long is a transmission supposed to last?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:29:12 PM EDT
what about ford taurus?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:29:45 PM EDT

how long is a transmission supposed to last?

about that long, I was just saying
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:31:59 PM EDT
maybe put a WTB ad in the paper and see if anything turns up
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:38:50 PM EDT
so are ford taurus's decent
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:45:30 PM EDT
I'm a dealer.  Just pulled auction reports from the dealer's auto auction.  Similar cars have been bringing $1500-$1800.  That's dealer cost, so you're getting a fair deal.  Not a great deal, but a fair deal.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 9:50:10 PM EDT

so are ford taurus's decent


Transmission is a POS.

Small Mazdas (323, Protege) are usually very reliable - ditto for Nissan Sentras. Geo Prizm is a good "sleeper" car - It's a re-badged Toyota Corolla.
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