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  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    friend of mine with a Plymouth Valiant left a bar back in the 1970s, got in his car and drove home. Except the next morning he noticed it wasn't his car at all, though the key had worked to start it.
    Well, a screw driver worked on most of those ignition switches...
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  2. #82
    Hi All - sorry for the delay and keeping everyone in suspense. Was out of town all weekend and have spent the last 3 days dealing with buying and selling cars and swapping titles.

    So decided to buy the Impala. Got it for $3300. It has a very small oil leak, tire pressure sensor doesn't work, windows are kinda creaky, 220K miles, and the A/C has an occasional knock. That's about all that's wrong with it. Was going to push everything to later this week, but the owner cancelled his insurance and I had to scramble and get the tags switched and the car reinsured. Went to the tag office at 4pm and spent 30m waiting in the wrong line. Luckily they helped everyone who was in by 4pm and were overall very friendly. Out by 5pm for $80 and a new plate. That was yesterday. We're all straight and she's in the driveway now. A bit bigger than the Accord, but seems like a reasonable car for a teenager to take out.

    As for the Honda, the body shop suggested putting it on Facebook marketplace. I listed it at an aggressive $1,850. Keep in mind the car has 200K miles and two broken axles. But it cranks, A/C works, and other than the body damage seems to be in good shape interior-wise. I figured I'd be lucky to get a grand out of it.

    Not quite.

    I had 20 inquiries in the first 8 hours with a high offer of $1100. By Saturday I was at $1,600, and Sunday someone offered full price.

    So Monday I work from home after arranging to meet the buyer at the dealership. Unfortunately he goes dark and stops responding to texts altogether. So Monday night I'm calling the $1,600 offer who hems and haws and won't give me a firm answer. Go to the third guy who was excited at $1,500, but he bought another car after I told him there were higher bidders. But at least he was responsive.

    I ended up settling with a guy for $1,300 cash this afternoon. He's got to pay another $300 to tow it (can't put it on a dolly due to the broken rear axle), then probably $1,500 worth of parts and labor at a minimum to get it drivable. But it is ultimately out of my hair.

    All told I'm out $2K for the wreck out of pocket, but it was never reported to insurance so no points or ticket. And I'm back to three cars with a clean title. All things considered, that's not a horrible outcome.

    Thanks for the advice on the Impala. Will see how she holds up. I did throw my name in a raffle for a used Subaru benefitting a local charity so maybe I'll get lucky and get to flip another car

    Oh, and to the one poster upthread, my wife DID own a Highlander for a bit (2003 I think). We looked at the newer models and ended up going with the Hyundai Santa Fe instead. My posting name is actually a nod to my middle name which I share with a couple of immortal and fictional Scottsmen.
    "There can BE only one."

  3. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post

    So decided to buy the Impala. Got it for $3300. It has a very small oil leak, tire pressure sensor doesn't work, windows are kinda creaky, 220K miles, and the A/C has an occasional knock. That's about all that's wrong with it. Was going to push everything to later this week, but the owner cancelled his insurance and I had to scramble and get the tags switched and the car reinsured. Went to the tag office at 4pm and spent 30m waiting in the wrong line. Luckily they helped everyone who was in by 4pm and were overall very friendly. Out by 5pm for $80 and a new plate. That was yesterday. We're all straight and she's in the driveway now. A bit bigger than the Accord, but seems like a reasonable car for a teenager to take out.

    As for the Honda, the body shop suggested putting it on Facebook marketplace. I listed it at an aggressive $1,850. Keep in mind the car has 200K miles and two broken axles. But it cranks, A/C works, and other than the body damage seems to be in good shape interior-wise. I figured I'd be lucky to get a grand out of it.

    ...
    Thanks for the advice on the Impala. Will see how she holds up. I did throw my name in a raffle for a used Subaru benefitting a local charity so maybe I'll get lucky and get to flip another car

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    Thanks for getting us up to date! Although I can't recall if the issues you cite above with the Impala were previously mentioned on this thread, I can say that for me, I'd not change my recommendation ... the cost of repair would have been high on the Honda, and more than that, who knows the timeframe required, what with the supply chain issues and whatnot. On a related matter, I suspect the scrap value of the Honda would be pretty decent - a working A/C compressor itself would be valuable. Perhaps the metals in the catalytic converter too, if it wasn't sheared off. But you did well to sell it; ordinary buyers tend to underestimate repair costs. And I wouldn't want my kid driving at highway speed in a vehicle that had been through bent frame repair and axle repair. It was just drilled into me from my young driving days that you just walk away from (buying) used cars that have been through that. And driving them ... well, as with all things that involve maintaining steering control - you are betting your life that the repair was done sufficiently well.

    Don't know any quick fixes for the issues you cite, but you may not need the Impala that long. TPMS - we got along for decades without it. Just check tire pressure regularly at first to detect any slow leaks, then rely on visual and auditory checks. If you end up replacing tires or doing maintenance on the wheels, you can get the sensors changed at that time. You can do a web search on the other symptoms and see if there's anything you can do inexpensively there.

  4. #84
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    Selling a car to an individual can be a massive pain in the butt...lots of posturing, showing off for the girlfriend by men, etc...I sold my last car on Craig's list in 15 minutes to a guy who lives half a mile away. Ridiculously easy, I don't see that happening again...I am greasing the skids on Friday with the local non dealer Volvo specialists...they will recommend a car they like and take a cut, much easier process. Used car prices continue to be crazy high.

  5. #85
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    Quote Originally Posted by cspan37421 View Post
    On a related matter, I suspect the scrap value of the Honda would be pretty decent - a working A/C compressor itself would be valuable. Perhaps the metals in the catalytic converter too, if it wasn't sheared off. But you did well to sell it; ordinary buyers tend to underestimate repair costs.
    I kind of wondered if the buyer(s) weren't looking to buy the car so they could flip any working parts at a profit. On the other hand, the used car market is crazy.

    TPMS - we got along for decades without it. Just check tire pressure regularly at first to detect any slow leaks, then rely on visual and auditory checks.
    I've still never owned a car with TPMS...I didn't even realize it was required (since September 2007 apparently) until I read this thread.

    Totally agreed with your points about the safety of a car that has been through major frame/axle repair and agree that the OP made out pretty well with both he purchase and the sale despite the minor issues with the Impala.

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