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RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - maki2 - 08-17-2019

You would get a better vehicle if you purchased one from another area of the country. Stay away from the ones that are near the saltwater oceans and stay away from the states that frequently have to put salt based deicer on the roads. That still gives you a wide geographic range.

Rent a car, go on a vacation to an area that has a lot of the vehicle models you are serious about buying. You are unlikey to be spending any extra money as cars in New York are not cheap but cars in a lot of the country are more affordable. Hopefully you have family or friends who live in such a place. They can help you locate some potential vehicles and/or give you a place to stay while you shop.


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - highdesertranger - 08-17-2019

if there are a buch of recalls yes I would run, on the other hand if there are a couple of minor ones I wouls still look at it but demand the paper work stating it was fixed by a dealer.

BTW a dealer can look it up by the VIN and tell you if it was repaired.

"Oh, and if an ad says the engine "starts with a boost," that means it needs a new battery - correct?"

maybe, but could be a few other things as well.

basically if the owner doesn't care enough to fix the issue to sell it I would stay away because what else have they neglected over the years.

also I would be highly suspect if you go look at a vehicle and it's already warmed up.

I would run away from any visible rust. rust is like an ice berg, you only see 10% of it.

highdesertranger


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - CityWoman - 08-17-2019

(08-17-2019, 02:53 PM)maki2 Wrote:  You would get a better vehicle if you purchased one from another area of the country. Stay away from the ones that are near the saltwater oceans and stay away from the states that frequently have to put salt based deicer on the roads. That still gives you a wide geographic range.

Rent a car, go on a vacation to an area that has a lot of the vehicle models you are serious about buying. You are unlikey to be spending any extra money as cars in New York are not cheap but cars in a lot of the country are more affordable.

It's pretty close to impossible to rent a car around here with only a debit card. A few years ago, I was told the car rental co. would take my debit card when I needed one for a vacation, but when I showed up they refused me. It took hours (and lots of exhausted tears) for me to find one that let me rent in time for me to get to my destination and make my hotel reservation. But it cost me more than twice the usual rate due to extra insurance I had to buy. Would've been cheaper, actually, to fly. So, trying to rent a car is a headache I'd rather avoid.

I have come across a number of listings in my area that say "Southern car brought up here, no rust."

The only way I can get out of my area is by bus, train, or plane. I wouldn't know where to go, though, to get a good rust-free car. ????? And still trying to figure out what car I'm "serious" about buying. I plain don't know.

And I don't have any friends or relatives to stay with in other states. I'm not sure I have anyone to stay with near me, actually, which is why I need to buy a vehicle asap.


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - bullfrog - 08-18-2019

See if there are still any non-profit groups that fix or repair vehicles like vocational schools or churches, like the ones that take donations (Ha! Ha! this is beginning to sound like a service Homes on Wheels could do) for help selecting and inspecting the ones you find for a donation. Used to be some groups in larger cities that did this.


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - GypsyJan - 08-18-2019

"I'm 5'6" and they look sort of small to me"

I am 5'7" and have no issues with the Toyota RAV4. My cot in the cargo area has room to spare when I am fully stretched out to sleep, though I usually end up curled on my side in fetal position most of the night.

However, if you are going to be an urban van dweller and won't have the rear hatch door open and therefore will not be living outside much, go for a larger vehicle. Just make sure you can stow the seats, the resulting cargo floor is relatively flat and you can stretch out full length to sleep.


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - CityWoman - 08-18-2019

I have to admit I'm feeling pretty defeated right now.  I have to buy something quick, but don't want to be stuck with a lemon, and just don't know enough. Too many choices, so many differing opinions online, look up a car and there's a list of recalls, people talk about problems with parts about which I know nothing, not sure how much I should spend and not get ripped off, nor how old of a car is safe... on and on.  And I really don't have anyone in my life to help me.  

I might wind up sleeping in the airport before I find a car.


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - highdesertranger - 08-18-2019

I will ask again, post up a link to one you like. lets get this ball rolling. highdesertranger


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - JohnnyM - 08-18-2019

Hi CityWoman,

Don't feel defeated; you're not.

You can buy a good car for what you need right there in the city. Sure, it's going to cost a little more to license and insure than if you lived in Mayberry, RFD, but you don't, so quit worrying about that. That's just one of those things over which you have no control. Plus you have the huge advantage of knowing your way around the city, so that way makes up for the extra cost.

Please don't worry too much about rust -- it has no positive value but it's not a death sentence either. Every vehicle from that part of the country will have some rust issues. When car shopping, look underneath at the suspension and mufflers and springs for serious and corrosive rust only. You can expect to see some surface rust on everything,so just look for things which are falling apart due to being rotten. Exterior body parts like rocker panels (the body parts below the doors that catch all the salt and rocks) aren't really important to the operation of the vehicle, they just make it look pretty. Again, buy as new as possible and don't fret a few dings and a little surface rust.

Also, you're not buying the car to go on a 'round the world tour, you just need something dependable and reasonably roomy. After you drive it around the city for a couple of months, you'll know what to expect if you head out to someplace warmer when Winter comes.

Looking forward to seeing you out there.

Johnny


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - CityWoman - 08-18-2019

(08-18-2019, 12:31 PM)highdesertranger Wrote:  I will ask again,  post up a link to one you like.  lets get this ball rolling.  highdesertranger

Okay, here's one in NJ that I could easily get to by bus:
'04 Chevy Trailblazer

A GMC Envoy in da Bronx:
'04 GMC Envoy

Here's a Subaru in Brooklyn:
'09 Subaru Tribeca

A Chevy Astro van in Queens:
'01 Chevy Astro

A Honda in Queens:
'03 Honda CR-V EX

And here is an '03 Trailblazer out on Long Island. Could probably get there by commuter train:
'03 Chevy Trailblazer

These are a few I bookmarked. What do you all think about my selections? I have a few Suburbans saved also, but wondering if they're too big. Most of those are outside the city in PA and CT. I think some of the ones I shared above might be overpriced but I'm not sure. Still trying to figure out my budget.

Opinions welcome!


RE: I know zilch zip zero about cars! - CityWoman - 08-18-2019

Oh, sorry, I just wanted to add this one - a Toyota Highlander in NJ but not far from NYC:
'02 Toyota Highlander


Thanks again for any feedback you folks have for me.