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Glad to be here, my name is Kevin but you can call me Dem

I'm planning to buy a Toyota, any help would be appreciated.
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Greetings and Salutations to you Dem.
Welcome to Toyota Nation !
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Welcome to the forums, Dem, what kind of help do you need?



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Welcome,Dem. let us know what kind of help you need.
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I'm thinking about a cheap car - budget $5500-$7500
Low maintenance cost and taxes.

Do you think buying a car at auction is wise?

Thank you very much.

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Only if you can check it out in detail, but even if you can you won't be able to look more in-depth at the engine and transmission, so I'd ultimately say no myself.



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Only if you can check it out in detail, but even if you can you won't be able to look more in-depth at the engine and transmission, so I'd ultimately say no myself.
What is the best choice then?

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What is the best choice then?
To me there's three options:

1. Buy new, but work out the best damn deal possible. Anyone who fails to bring down the dealer profit to $500 or less (depending on the popularity of the model you want) is simply wasting money.

2. Buy used from Toyota. A lot of people vouch for Toyota and other manufacturers that offer warranties for used/pre-owned vehicles that have been inspected for issues and repaired in order to resale.

3. Buy from a private party. If you do that look for someone like me: An owner who has a file folder with every repair bill, warranty work order, etc., and can verify the vehicle has been taken care of. Also, take the vehicle to a private mechanic you trust and have them look the vehicle over and give a green light to a purchase.

That's how I see it.
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To me there's three options:

1. Buy new, but work out the best damn deal possible. Anyone who fails to bring down the dealer profit to $500 or less (depending on the popularity of the model you want) is simply wasting money.

2. Buy used from Toyota. A lot of people vouch for Toyota and other manufacturers that offer warranties for used/pre-owned vehicles that have been inspected for issues and repaired in order to resale.

3. Buy from a private party. If you do that look for someone like me: An owner who has a file folder with every repair bill, warranty work order, etc., and can verify the vehicle has been taken care of. Also, take the vehicle to a private mechanic you trust and have them look the vehicle over and give a green light to a purchase.

That's how I see it.
Option two sounds very interesting to me...

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You will pay a premium for used Toyotas they hold value very well. I was looking in the same price range in 2008 and determined to just buy new as used were so close to new it wasn't worth the small savings. If you plan on keeping the car for many years I would suggest finding a last year model new if you can. They may be all sold by now but some members have gotten some smoking deals by finding them. Of course I understand the payment would be more but not as much as you think if you go from say a two year note to a four. Good luck hunting
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Thank you very much for the advice!

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