(Closed) Would you buy an older car if it had fewer than 30K miles on it?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you buy an older, low mileage car?
    yes : (80 votes)
    95 %
    no : (2 votes)
    2 %
    other : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    When you said older car I was imagining a car from the 90’s or early 2000’s… In this case I’d hands down go for the ’08. IMO the leather seats and nav system will make it well worth it and the car will last longer despite its age.

    Post # 4
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    2008 isn’t old at all. As long as it has no problems, go for it.

    Post # 5
    14658 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    All other factors aside, I think the mileage counts for more than the age of the car.  I’d pick the 2008 30k miles over a 2010 60k miles.  When considering used cars, I think of the miles as how old and used it is.. model year at the point is irrelevant, unless you really care about the look or other features it may have.

    Post # 6
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Woodstock:  Agree with this. Mileage makes more of a difference with wear and tear on a car than 2 years in time. Case in point: I drive a ’97 that runs like a dream, because it only has 60K miles on it! So you are fine with an ’08, trust me that is NOT an old car lol.

    Post # 7
    1735 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think the 2008 is a great choice, especially if it checks out fine with Carfax. I bought my car (a 1987 Chevy) because it only had 25k miles on it. I do a lot of driving so the lower the mileage, the better! And even though it’s an old car, it runs great. I don’t think there’s much difference between the 2008 and 2010 Prius, and the low mileage and better features of the 2008 would definitely make it my first choice. Good luck 🙂

    Post # 8
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The other item to check out is the quality ratings of the years in questions. The same model can have different quality ratings based on the years and can be more or less reliable as the car ages.

    Doing a quick google search it looks like the 2008 has had to safety recalls. Make sure those have been fixed.

    also it looks like the 2010 is a redesign and receives a 9/0 rating vs. the 8.5 rating for 2008




    Post # 9
    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If you are purchasing from a dealership you should see if it qualifies to be Certified.  I know with Nissan a certified warranty extends the normal 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty to a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty.  It costs just under $500 to do and it is well worth it.

    Post # 10
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Personally I would go with the 2008.  Mainly because it has everything that i want in a car and better KM.  Also since the car is 4 years old and has only 30k then more than likely the owners took pretty good car of it.  And 60,000 km is alot of km to have on a car that is only 2 years old.  That is 30k a year.  My car is a 2010 and i currently have 73k on it.  that is quite a bit of wear and tare on a vehicle.

    Based on what you described it sounds like the 08 is the much better deal

    Post # 12
    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Probably not… I just like things new.

    Post # 13
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would never buy a car with more than 30k miles, but I would buy a 2002 if it had less than 30k miles! Why not?!

    Post # 14
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Seriously? I bought my brother’s old (and I mean first generation Prius from 2002) Prius off of him, it had about 40k miles on it and I bought it in cash at about blue book rate ($8,000) and have since driven it almost another 50k miles over the past 2.5 years (I have an hour commute each direction each day, approximately, 40 miles each way for 2 years, 30 miles each way the past few months since moving). It works fine, I pay less in gas, the mileage is NOT an issue at all, especially not with a Japanese car. My family doesn’t ever really buy new cars, it’s a waste of money, cars lose their value the second they leave the lot. Buy used. Buy in full whenever you can. Drive the car into the ground before switching. Get every dollar’s worth 🙂

    Post # 16
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee

    Oh yeah, totally go for it!

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