• Buying a used Toyota from a Toyota Dealer that's out of town. How do I go about getting a pre-purchase inspection?

    I found a car I like (Toyota Avalon Hybrid). But it's 800 miles away. Carfax and all checks out good. But when I get there I still want to do a pre-purchase inspection. The deal sounds almost too good to be true, as the car is quite a bit more expensive where I live. I am willing to walk away if any red flags pop up. But I was wanting a Toyota... show more
    I found a car I like (Toyota Avalon Hybrid). But it's 800 miles away. Carfax and all checks out good. But when I get there I still want to do a pre-purchase inspection. The deal sounds almost too good to be true, as the car is quite a bit more expensive where I live. I am willing to walk away if any red flags pop up. But I was wanting a Toyota dealer to do the pre-purchase inspection. But it's already at a Toyota Dealership. Should I take it to a nearby Toyota dealer for the inspection, or have it done there? How do you normally get such an inspection done? This is my first time doing this.
    2 answers · Toyota · 1 month ago
  • What's a good year and mileage to buy a used car? How much does mileage matter with a newer car?

    Obviously you can never tell how well or poorly a used car was treated and maintained. But if you're going for a good, reliable car that won't give you lemon headaches the moment you drive it off the lot, what year and mileage would be justifiable for someone not wanting to pay the price for a new car? I keep hearing 3 to 5 years old is a... show more
    Obviously you can never tell how well or poorly a used car was treated and maintained. But if you're going for a good, reliable car that won't give you lemon headaches the moment you drive it off the lot, what year and mileage would be justifiable for someone not wanting to pay the price for a new car? I keep hearing 3 to 5 years old is a good range to look at if looking for the best bang for buck. At 15k miles per year that would be a car with no more than 75k miles. But I'm looking at a particular car right now, the Toyota Avalon, and am finding there are quite a few that are 3 to 5 years old, but have 100,000 to 130,000 miles on them, much more than 15,000. They are cheaper than the 50k to 75k miles by quite a bit by about $5,000. Would it make sense to buy a 4 year old 130k mile Toyota Avalon by justifying that those are probably highway miles? Of course after trying to make sure this was not a Taxi or similar, and after checking out the Carfax report and the car itself of course. Or should I pay the higher price for a 75k miles or less car just to make sure it will be reliable? Thanks!
    4 answers · Buying & Selling · 1 month ago
  • Would a 2014 Chevy Impala Eco be a good highway car?

    Looking to do 30,000 miles per year with up to 4 passengers.
    Looking to do 30,000 miles per year with up to 4 passengers.
    3 answers · Chevrolet · 1 month ago
  • Does $3,380 sound normal for fees and taxes for buying a $30,000 vehicle?

    I've been interested in a Toyota Prius Prime for around 30,000 or less since there's both a $4,500 federal tax credit and a $5,000 state tax credit. But trying to figure the whole cost, I was surprised at the cost for license fees and taxes when purchasing a new vehicle that's $30,000 According to the county's website there's... show more
    I've been interested in a Toyota Prius Prime for around 30,000 or less since there's both a $4,500 federal tax credit and a $5,000 state tax credit. But trying to figure the whole cost, I was surprised at the cost for license fees and taxes when purchasing a new vehicle that's $30,000 According to the county's website there's a license fee based on vehicle age and weight with $150 being the average (although some calculators from nearby counties put the Prime at around $60 - $70). The ownership tax is $535 (0.85 of MSRP x 0.021). State sales tax is $870 (0.029) County sales tax is $300 (0.01) City sales tax is $1,200 (0.04) RTA tax is $300 (0.01) And there's a plugin electric car fee of $50 Which comes to $3,380 Does that sound normal? www.gunnisoncounty.org/830/Sales-Tax-Cha...
    9 answers · United States · 1 month ago
  • Wanting to do it again. What fuelmiser car will last the longest?

    Just rolled over 700,000 miles on the ol' 52hp '85 Golf diesel that I get about 55mpg on the highway. If the body and interior had been better cared for I'd figure a way to install an A/C system and just keep driving this car. After 12 years of marriage I figure it's time to get a new car that we can take care of and make it last as... show more
    Just rolled over 700,000 miles on the ol' 52hp '85 Golf diesel that I get about 55mpg on the highway. If the body and interior had been better cared for I'd figure a way to install an A/C system and just keep driving this car. After 12 years of marriage I figure it's time to get a new car that we can take care of and make it last as long as possible, 10 years or more. We're doing about 40,000 miles a year, mostly highway miles, although that does include mountain passes. I don't want a big monthly payment, but do have $12,000 saved up for down payment and initial taxes. I'm leaning torwards these cars. Prius Prime. Tempting with $4,500 federal tax credit and $5,000 Colorado tax credit. Plus I have free charging at work and electricity is 10 cents per kwh at home. Personally don't care if it's "underpowered." I love EV technology and tried once to make a used Leaf work for my 150mile daily route. Chevy Cruze diesel. CR got 60mpg hwy fuel mileage in this car, better than the Prime's 59mpg. A bit more pricy car, but Diesels last longer, right? But CR doesn't predict it as reliable. But maybe parts are cheaper and I can do my own work on it? Plus two words: stick shift! (As in "retired truck driver", not "Nascar wannabe") Toyota Yaris iA. 48mpg (CR's testing) seems decent enough. Again: Stick shift! It doesn't seem to turn my head as much as the other cars though. Wife prefers something with trunk space. Dumb question. Can I rent any of these cars to try them out? Where?
    5 answers · Buying & Selling · 1 month ago
  • Would I regret selling my 1985 VW Golf to buy a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage?

    A few years after being married, the wife and I got this '85 Golf diesel. For the past 6 years it has not really given us any problems, except a faulty CV joint that had me thinking the transmission had gone out when it hadn't and a couple leaks that were easy to fix. It also gets great fuel mileage, over 50mpg. We drive a lot. It's a... show more
    A few years after being married, the wife and I got this '85 Golf diesel. For the past 6 years it has not really given us any problems, except a faulty CV joint that had me thinking the transmission had gone out when it hadn't and a couple leaks that were easy to fix. It also gets great fuel mileage, over 50mpg. We drive a lot. It's a little rough looking and has no AC system, but it's the perfect car for our budget. We make around $2,000-2,500/month after taxes, so at 20 percent, that gives us $400-500 for car expenses. With about $100-150 in fuel and $100 in insurance, that leaves us with $150-300 per month extra. We had been wasting that money on other things, like other vehicles. But now we want to have just one car and use that money for that car's maintenance and improvement. I was thinking of saving some up, painting it, saving, reupholstering, saving, new muffler, etc. Maybe I'd even work up to having the money for a new engine or transmission if that ever became the case. However, I'm also throwing around the idea of just selling the Golf and getting a car with a payment but that already looks nice and has AC. But according to Edmunds TCO, $400-500/month limits me to a car like a used Mitsubishi Mirage. Even a used Toyota Yaris or Prius C or Honda Fit may be just outside of my price range according to Edmunds, although perhaps close enough I could deal with it. But would I be kicking myself in the rear end if I gave up the ol' Golf for a newer car?
    7 answers · Buying & Selling · 3 months ago
  • Pulled over for not being able to maintain speed limit on a steep uphill grade. Should I be concerned?

    I was in my 1985 VW Golf with it's 52hp NA diesel engine (52hp is it's factory rated power, which here should be 40hp or less due to the altitude and lack of any turbo.) I was going up a long 7 percent grade mountain pass that starts out at the bottom with 7,700ft above sea level. I also had two other adult passengers and their luggage. And... show more
    I was in my 1985 VW Golf with it's 52hp NA diesel engine (52hp is it's factory rated power, which here should be 40hp or less due to the altitude and lack of any turbo.) I was going up a long 7 percent grade mountain pass that starts out at the bottom with 7,700ft above sea level. I also had two other adult passengers and their luggage. And I couldn't keep it at the speed limit. This is actually normal for me, Yes, compared to other cars this one is definitely underpowered, but I've never thought of the car as having less power than it did when it was brand new. I was also being polite by letting traffic by and sticking to the right lane and even using my flashers if I got close to 10mph under the speed limit. Next thing I know I get pulled over by a police officer and get a warning for "defective vehicle and impeding traffic." The strange thing is the police officer seemed very nice, and only asked if my car was roadworthy, which I said "Yes it is. It only has trouble with the very steep hills." Then he asks for my license and insurance and comes back, hands me the warning and leaves. At least it was just a warning, but should I be worried about it?
    14 answers · Commuting · 3 months ago
  • Should I hide my nationality when I go to Mexico? How can I do that?

    I'm from the US and I feel like most people in Mexico see me as if I had dollar signs floating around my head. Sellers will often give me one price but I hear them give a much lower price to others. Sometimes they even get mad if I don't buy from them. One guy didn't believe me that I was riding the city bus and was in shock to see me... show more
    I'm from the US and I feel like most people in Mexico see me as if I had dollar signs floating around my head. Sellers will often give me one price but I hear them give a much lower price to others. Sometimes they even get mad if I don't buy from them. One guy didn't believe me that I was riding the city bus and was in shock to see me get on the city bus to go to where I was staying. I go to Mexico to visit friends and in-laws, not as a tourist. I speak pretty good Spanish, enough to fool some native Spanish speakers who are listening to me but not looking at me into thinking I'm Hispanic. But I'm tall and white with brown hair. I was thinking of dying my hair black or something.
    4 answers · Other - Cultures & Groups · 4 months ago
  • Are there any weather websites that forecast whole states with a map?

    I want to drive to the capital (5 hours away) this weekend and know it might snow. But I want to see if it's forecasted to snow between here and there and on which days and which parts of the state is it going to be worse or better. The problem is that I don't have a TV right now, which is where I prefer to watch the weather, and every... show more
    I want to drive to the capital (5 hours away) this weekend and know it might snow. But I want to see if it's forecasted to snow between here and there and on which days and which parts of the state is it going to be worse or better. The problem is that I don't have a TV right now, which is where I prefer to watch the weather, and every website I find only forecasts specific towns or shows only the current weather for the whole state. I want and need a forecast for the whole state. This is a problem because weather varies greatly in this state. In fact this morning it was sunny here but dumping snow just 60 miles west of here. And I don't feel like looking up the weather forecast for each town along my route and then having to look at all the towns along another route in case the weather is going to be bad on one of the routes in particular. Can you help me find a good weather forecast website that does this?
    3 answers · Weather · 4 months ago
  • Healthcare market place open enrollment is now closed. Should I try to get insurance?

    We couldn't keep paying for premiums last year after July when the wife and I got hurt and lost jobs amounting to more than half our income and had to pay a deductible of over $12,000. But then I see on my tax return that the government paid back most of our healthcare premiums. Now I wished we hadn't dropped the insurance. We make just... show more
    We couldn't keep paying for premiums last year after July when the wife and I got hurt and lost jobs amounting to more than half our income and had to pay a deductible of over $12,000. But then I see on my tax return that the government paid back most of our healthcare premiums. Now I wished we hadn't dropped the insurance. We make just enough we don't qualify for Medicaid. But the Healthcare Marketplace open enrollment is now closed until November. I think we can squeeze by another year without the insurance, but you never know what might happen. Yet I don't think we can cough up more than some $200 per month. We're already down to a clunker car and a no cable in a $225 rental trailer home with no other debt except hospital bills and just can't seem to get any more money. Is there an insurance plan that could work for us around $200 per month. And if so, where can we get it without the market place?
    1 answer · Other - Health · 6 months ago
  • How to match a custom painted car?

    I've got a classic Beetle that the previous owner painted "pearl white." I have no idea what brand of paint he used or where he got the color from. Well the car has a scratch, a scuff mark and a ding here an there I'd like to make look pretty. But is it possible to match a custom paint that I have no idea what the actual color... show more
    I've got a classic Beetle that the previous owner painted "pearl white." I have no idea what brand of paint he used or where he got the color from. Well the car has a scratch, a scuff mark and a ding here an there I'd like to make look pretty. But is it possible to match a custom paint that I have no idea what the actual color code is? I really don't feel like painting the whole car, but is that my only option? Thanks!!! :-)
    3 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 6 months ago
  • EFTPS drafted closed account. What should I do?

    A while back I changed banks. I also use EFTPS to make monthly income tax payments. I was doing fine until I setup another payment a week ago. After not seeing it draft from my current account I went online and found out that EFTPS settled the tax payment just yesterday, but apparently with my old account and bank. I've been trying to get... show more
    A while back I changed banks. I also use EFTPS to make monthly income tax payments. I was doing fine until I setup another payment a week ago. After not seeing it draft from my current account I went online and found out that EFTPS settled the tax payment just yesterday, but apparently with my old account and bank. I've been trying to get ahold of EFTPS so I can see what needs to be done to cancel or refund that payment. But so far I haven't been able to get ahold of them. What's the chance that my old bank will just reject the payment on this account that has been closed for over 6 months? Also, how do you change account information permanently on EFTPS? I hate having to enter my new account info every time I want to make a payment. Thanks!
    3 answers · United States · 6 months ago
  • How to get rid of a classic car for a newer one.?

    I m looking to sell my 1972 VW Beetle and buy a 2012 to 2015 MAZDA5. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Dealer vs. owner vs. CraigsList vs. etc???
    I m looking to sell my 1972 VW Beetle and buy a 2012 to 2015 MAZDA5. Any suggestions of the best way to do this? Dealer vs. owner vs. CraigsList vs. etc???
    4 answers · Buying & Selling · 6 months ago
  • Which is cheaper? Hotel or commuting 140 miles?

    I'm confused. I have to drive 70 miles one way to work. That's 140 miles round trip. AAA says it costs 60 cents per mile to drive a compact car. That's $84 per daily commute. But a hotel costs around $50 per night. Am I calculating this correctly?? Why does it seem to me that staying in a hotel is more expensive when AAA says driving is... show more
    I'm confused. I have to drive 70 miles one way to work. That's 140 miles round trip. AAA says it costs 60 cents per mile to drive a compact car. That's $84 per daily commute. But a hotel costs around $50 per night. Am I calculating this correctly?? Why does it seem to me that staying in a hotel is more expensive when AAA says driving is more expensive?
    6 answers · Commuting · 6 months ago
  • How accurate is Kelly Blue Book?

    I just put up my car for sale ($10,000 OBO) and hope to sell it to get enough money (at least $7,000) for a down payment on another car that fits our family's needs a bit better. KBB values the car I'm selling between $8,000 (fair) to $9,500 (excellent) to a private party and $6,000 (fair) to $8,500 (excellent) to a dealer. But when I tried... show more
    I just put up my car for sale ($10,000 OBO) and hope to sell it to get enough money (at least $7,000) for a down payment on another car that fits our family's needs a bit better. KBB values the car I'm selling between $8,000 (fair) to $9,500 (excellent) to a private party and $6,000 (fair) to $8,500 (excellent) to a dealer. But when I tried their "instant cash offer" I got offered $5,200! The car is in excellent shape, runs perfectly and has had all it's maintenance. Is KBB a good guide to go by or is my really worth only $5,200? Would that be a good last resort if I don't sell it over the next few months?
    11 answers · Buying & Selling · 7 months ago
  • 25,000 miles per year. Does mileage or age or both affect depreciation?

    I'm trying to plan for true cost of ownership of my next car. I'm starting to drive a lot farther than before and am coming up with around 25,000 miles per year. I understand that to be about double what is average and is about double what I have been driving too. Anyhow, I understand that since I'll be driving mostly highway distances... show more
    I'm trying to plan for true cost of ownership of my next car. I'm starting to drive a lot farther than before and am coming up with around 25,000 miles per year. I understand that to be about double what is average and is about double what I have been driving too. Anyhow, I understand that since I'll be driving mostly highway distances I'll be getting a little better fuel mileage so that should be a bit less money per mile. Some maintenance schedules also seem to be less often when dealing with highway driving vs. city driving, which in turn should also lower the cost per mile. I'm guessing the same would go for repairs on average. Right? But what about depreciation? I understand that mileage will affect depreciation, but by how much? It seems depreciation is always measured by years, not miles. Does that mean that age causes more depreciation than miles do? Or would a car with 100,000 miles have depreciated the same regardless if it were 4 or 8 years old? Thanks!
    8 answers · Buying & Selling · 7 months ago
  • Knocking went away. Should I be worried?

    As I mentioned in another question whenever I stepped on the clutch my 1985 VW Golf diesel would knock or thud rapidly and jerk the steering wheel to the left. The knocking was consistent with the turning of the wheels, and would also do it if I shifted into neutral so it's not the clutch. Even with the engine off by pushing the car by hand in... show more
    As I mentioned in another question whenever I stepped on the clutch my 1985 VW Golf diesel would knock or thud rapidly and jerk the steering wheel to the left. The knocking was consistent with the turning of the wheels, and would also do it if I shifted into neutral so it's not the clutch. Even with the engine off by pushing the car by hand in neutral it would do it. But after getting the car towed home 70 miles away it won't do it any more. I've tried everything and can't find anything wrong except a broken steering box boot that was brand new two years ago. CV joint boots are good, motor mounts seem just fine, there's no play on any of the wheels, everything turns smoothly, transmission has oil, tie rods and ends were new a couple years ago and look good, ball joints and struts are also just a couple years old and look great, I have my winter tires and rims on that are on their second winter and look excellent. What could it be? Now that it doesn't do it should I be worried?
    4 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 7 months ago
  • What's the best years to look for in a car?

    Let's say I decided to buy a car to keep as long as possible (for economical reasons), perhaps even several decades, or until it no longer is practical... Would it make the most sense to buy a brand new car with exactly the options I want and make sure it receives the proper maintenance and care from the day it drives off the lot? Or get one... show more
    Let's say I decided to buy a car to keep as long as possible (for economical reasons), perhaps even several decades, or until it no longer is practical... Would it make the most sense to buy a brand new car with exactly the options I want and make sure it receives the proper maintenance and care from the day it drives off the lot? Or get one that's a few years old to knock off that initial devaluation but that has all it's maintenance records so hopefully hasn't been abused by someone else by the time I buy it? Or realizing that eventually the car will need major repairs after a couple decades or couple hundred thousand miles, should I get a popular classic car that, although may need a little TLC now and more maintenance and repair over the years, will be easier and cheaper to work on in the long run? And I mention this last question based on my personal experience of working on a few different cars, even rebuilding a classic air cooled VW engine but have not had much success with working on newer cars that seem to need to be reprogramed or some special ulta expensive tool every time you change a sensor or spark plug.
    3 answers · Buying & Selling · 7 months ago
  • A car to replace an electric and a diesel?

    I like my electric 2013 Nissan Leaf SL because electricity is cheap (about $2.5/mile). It doesn't need to idle to warm up or stay warm (I live in a cold region and small town). It is very reliable. Needs very little maintenance. It holds 5 adults ok. But, it was a bit expensive (around $9,000). It also doesn't go very far and now I got a job... show more
    I like my electric 2013 Nissan Leaf SL because electricity is cheap (about $2.5/mile). It doesn't need to idle to warm up or stay warm (I live in a cold region and small town). It is very reliable. Needs very little maintenance. It holds 5 adults ok. But, it was a bit expensive (around $9,000). It also doesn't go very far and now I got a job two or three days a week in the next town 65 miles away, 4000ft up and 6000ft down, which basically means I can't use AC or heater in the EV on the way back, although it's comforting to have good regenerative braking over such mountain passes. I like my 1985 VW diesel because it gets over 50mpg (about 6ยข per mile in fuel) on the highway, has been pretty reliable, doesn't need much maintenance, has great engine braking over mountain passes. But I hate idling to warm it up and don't like it for around town. Actually the town is small and very cold (sometimes as cold as -40*F) so most cars do not warm up unless you idle them more than you drive them, which I hate doing. The car also needs paint and interior. Both cars do well in the snow although the VW seems to do a bit better. I don't know whether to just keep them, or sell them now and get... I don't know... a Prius maybe, or sell just the VW and get a newer VW diesel or wait and trade in both for a used longer range EV once they come out. What do you suggest?
    1 answer · Buying & Selling · 8 months ago