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Thread: Somebody help this poor adult-child(me) regarding buying a car * ADVICE *

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    If buying new, the Automobile Protection Association/Lemon Aid new car guide is a good reference.
    http://www.apa.ca/lemonaid_2016NEW.asp

    If buying used, the Automobile Protection Association/Lemon Aid used car guide is a good reference
    http://www.apa.ca/search.asp

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    i'm not sure if this still holds true but 2-door cars used to be considered "sports cars" by the insurance companies. rates for 2-door model of same car were a lot higher than the 4-door model.
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    Sometimes buying a used car is buying someone else's problems. So make aure its certified, emission tested and a trusted mechanic who is yours looks over the car thoroughly, before you buy it.

    If its not too old and doesn't have lot of mileage on it, its better. Generally don't buy a used car which is more than 4-5 years old or lot of KM's on it.

    If you are not too brand conscious you can get almost 0 % financing and brand new cars like Kia, Hyundai certain models for the same price as an used card.

    I have seen them for less than $ 15,000 all inclusive Brand new cars. You can jus go for third party liabilty insurance , and NO comprehensive insurance if you want to save on insurance cost. Your car is still covered if you are not at fault under third party insurance.
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    That reminds me-open each and every car door. When Mom was looking at the 5 door Chevy hatchback, I opened a back passenger door with an obvious hinge issue (had to hold door up or door would hang at weird angle). We made a point to keep that door locked at all times after she got the car but in hindsight, I should have said we need a repair quote or keep looking. But otherwise the car was fine (windshield leaked but that got repaired) for the three or so years of use.

    Also check the carpet area in the foot pedal area of car. There could be coolant or other fluid leaks under the carpet. My brother noticed such an issue when he flew out to BC to buy a car he wanted. Dealer did a fix but issue came up again. Brother did something to deal with issue.
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    Ellen Roseman tweeted that buying used is preferable to leasing new (car).
    https://twitter.com/ellenroseman/sta...81372959424513

    The story link- http://www.financesuperhero.com/the-...dable-villain/
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