Trading in car question

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
858 posts
Busy bee

Not sure what your question is here? Are you looking for suggestions for SUV type?

Post # 3
4153 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Is your current vehicle a FWD or RWD?  Both my 2012 Ford Escape and 04 Mazda 3 Sport were FWD and I live in Calgary where it snows for about 8 months of the year hahah.  I was/am always perfectly fine with FWD and snow tires…up and down hills, hwy driving, side streets that haven’t been cleared, etc.  I just like being up higher so I got the Escape, otherwise I would have kept the car for sure!

Post # 4
2497 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

FutureMrsB123:  not sure what you are asking- looking for suggestions? We don’t get alot of snow but we love our 05 4Runner. It’s been great for 4wd on the beach, badly maintained forest service roads, and such… Easy to repair, parts are cheap, and they hold up very well (we have a friend with a 95 that’s still kicking)… 

Post # 6
429 posts
Helper bee

Ryansgirl:   yes, we can get lots of snow to and I have a FWD vehicle and I get around just fine!

just get a good set of tires! The expensive ones that came with my car were HORRIBLE!! I bought a new set last winter and I got around just fine! And it was a really bad winter.

Post # 8
858 posts
Busy bee

I would try to find an older SUV with low mieage. Of course it is nice having warranty, but if you find somethign that is low mileage and taken care of, lighter payments = awesome!

I know people that have the Mazda SUV and have been SUPER happy with them. They are a decent price point already!


Post # 10
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


FutureMrsB123:  Its a trade off, but I can tell you a lot of people I know that get older cheap cars pour more money into them with constant strings of repairs than those who buy new cars.  So really, it’s do I want to make car payments longer, or do I want to pay the difference in repairs. 

Post # 11
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

FutureMrsB123:  Have you gotten a trade in value from a dealership? The KBB/NADA trade in value and what a dealership will actually offer are way different! I looked into trading my fully owned 00 mustang ($3300 KBB value) and the dealership only offered me $800. I sold it for cash via craigslist. You could end up paying more than the ticket price if the amount they deem your car worth is less than the amount you owe on your loan. If I were you I’d keep my car, save up for a really cheap high mileage cash SUV for snow days only until I can pay off my car and sell for cash… but that’s just me.

Post # 12
6782 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would not buy a car with 100,000 miles on it unless it came from a corporate fleet; even then, it’s risky, but at least a corporate fleet car is likely to get regular servicing and attention. 

Post # 13
858 posts
Busy bee

Its fisky buying a vehicle period! You hear of people buying brand new and having a lemon. I truly believe its all in the care of the vehicle. I don think there is anything wrong with buying used as long as you know your info. Whenever i buy a vehicle i bring my dad, and he does a total look over. I had an incident where they wouldnt let him look at it, so we walked away. Sounded shady to me. 

Pro’s and con’s to each, what weighs out what. 

My sister bought a 04 Honda Civic had 60 000km and was in killer shape. Still yet to have an issue with it.

Post # 15
858 posts
Busy bee

FutureMrsB123:  Yes, thats the unfortuantely thing about VW. You have to have deep pockets. Amazing cars (my opinion) Exact same reason why i didnt get one. I would say go for the used Ford, just be educated!

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