Used car


#1

I’m considering purchasing a 2001 Avalon with all the bells and whistles. It has 95K miles and they’re asking $9K…I’ve driven it and it’s really in good shape…any comments?


#2

Check out kbb.com, nada.com, edmunds.com to get a feel for the price and value to you. Also have a mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection to verify the car’s overall mechanical condition. Check and find out if the Avalon has a timing belt and when it will come due for replacement.


#3

The price is too high. Edmunds says that an XLS with all the options is worth about $6600 in a private sale. A dealer should be asking about $7800. It’s a low mileage car, and the current owner might have an inflated expectation of the premium for that. Offer them $6295. When they say of course not, leave your contact information as suggest that they get back to you when no one buys the car. And no one will.


#4

Thanks to both of you for your input…will take under advisement…


#5

It’s not too old and I hope the belts don’t whistle. Let me read that again.


#6

What do mean the belts don’t whistle and let me read that again ?