My husband and I were in a pickle and needed to buy another vehicle ASAP (very different work schedules that would leave one of us stranded for hours each day). We narrowed it down to two choices: a base model 2008 Chevy Aveo with 57k miles and a 2004 Suzuki Aerio Sx (fully loaded without AWD) with 25k miles. Both cars were trade ins and had absolutely no rust (very important as we live in Maine) and looked and felt solid. Unfortunately, neither car came with any maintenance records and we could not have them checked out since our only time to shop is on weekends and our garage is closed.
We test drove both and my husband decided on the Aerio (the Aveo just felt kinda weird - I drive a Yaris and the Aveo had worse gas mileage, less “get up and go” with a larger engine. Not too impressed). We ended up getting the Aerio for about $550 less than blue book. It does come with a 1k/30 day warranty and the dealership has a great reputation for not screwing people over (they also have an on-site garage). We are taking the car this week to our garage to have them look it over and see if anything needs to be repaired.
So my question is should we need to do anything special for a car that is 10 years old with only 25k miles? From the carfax and what the dealership told us the car was either traded in or repossessed in 2007 with 19k miles and an older couple bought it at an auction. They traded it in around October of last year. That’s only around 1.5k miles a year for the past 4 years. Also, in your opinion, did we make the right call (not that it matters at this point haha)?
Sorry for the novel length post =)