OK, I want to replace my 1988 Caddy with a 2014 or 15 Corolla, probably
from the local dealer. I feel comfy buying old cars, but not cars that
you have to (or choose to -- I'm getting lazy) pay somebody to fix. I
can pretty much tell what's wrong with an old car, but I have no idea at
all about what's going to go wrong with a new car in the next, say, five
years. I have a mech that I trust and I'll ask his opinion before I
buy, but still...
I've read conflicting things about rental cars. Good: they were
probably driven mostly on the freeway rather than stop+go; they get
regular maintenance. Bad: around here, a significant chunk of freeway
driving can be stop+go; a car that's going to be dumped in one or two
years doesn't need all that much maintenance, and they can lie about it.
I just don't feel good about a car with 33K miles in 1.5 years...
Do dealers toss in various extra fees/costs in addition to sales tax on
Is Toyota "certification" a guarantee that they'll fix stuff, or do they
just say they checked all that stuff and were satisfied that it was OK?
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