Caretaker wrote:I get the heebeegeebees every time I see the word dealer written. Anyway, as I recall, we used to take a big hit on mpgs on our '03 AWD. Something like 22-24 mpg around town versus the 28-30 I get with my non AWD vibe (second gen). Since Charlie the used car dealer will know nothing about any of the cars on his lot and how they were maintained, I'd caution you on such a purchase. At 16 years of age, I'd try to convince you on putting that money towards a slightly newer Vibe with more miles. Age kills cars; mileage does not. I would like to see you buy any car for that matter, from an individual who can tell you about the maintenance history of their "one owner car." Good luck.
Thanks for the response! I had the exact same concerns and I've been looking non stop for a nice private party matrix/vibe in my area but not having any luck. I decided to skip the 2003 AWD I mentioned above. I found this 2004 vibe this morning. https://www.expressautomall.com/invento ... s/48941115
I should mention I am in PA and this dealer is in NJ (hour and a half away). I called a Midas about 5 minutes from this dealer and they would look it over for me for $24. Basically they can check all things a PA inspection would. So I would have to hope they catch any issues and hope that it passes a PA inspection once I get it home.
I called the dealer and like you mentioned they don't know much. He said it has new tires and he drove it a few times and everything is fine. The pictures make it look like it's in very nice condition and the CARFAX doesn't throw up any red flags and it's a 1 owner. I see SOOO many different prices for vibe's/matrix's so it's hard to know if it's a decent deal or not... assuming I got it for $3,500 cash. Then I'd bring it home to PA and pay 6% sales tax and title/registration fees which are $195. Then a PA inspection which is about $50
I wish I could find a private party here in PA but like I said I haven't had any luck. I am considering going to look at it tomorrow morning and take it to the Midas to see what they say.