Trying to find a low mileage older (2012-2017) Toyota Camry. I am checking places like AutoTrader, Cargurus, Truecar and I find many places that are not dealerships. So I am assuming that these guys buy cars at auction and sell.
My questions are
- How safe/trustworthy is it to buy a car from such folks?
- Do you use any other technique to find older but low mileage cars?
Longer version -
I have been asked to help a relative (early 40s, lives on the Long Island) buy a pre-owned vehicle. Let me be honest, I do not really want to get into it but to maintain the household peace, I am doing it. I made it very clear that I will only help with getting a car but it is her job to get it inspected, haggle and finance etc. I will not get into it.
Budget - ~$13-15K
Type - Mid-size sedan (Inclined towards 2012-2017 Camry, I am not going to pursue against it, at all.)
Odometer - Less than 40K, if possible
Doesn’t want the latest features like pre-collision warning (as she thinks they may break down costing her fortune to fix)
Doesn’t want to buy a car from places like Carmax, Carvana etc (because her colleague had a bad experience.)
Wants it to be cheaper to fix in the future. (cheaper in relative terms compared to similar vehicles)
Wants to take it to the grave (so at least 10-12 years of use)
Trying to find a vehicle that fits in the criteria. Any advice is welcome.
Thanks in advance.