Risks of buying used

I'm looking at buying my first new car. It seems like for ~$15000 used I can get basically whatever bodystyle I want with around 60-100k miles. My parents are encouraging me to buy new to avoid breakdowns, but that's probably because they've only ever owned GM products afaik.
Am I going to get nickel and dimed by buying a Honda/Toyota with 100k miles on the clock, or should it be relatively trouble-free?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >My parents are encouraging me to buy new to avoid breakdowns
    The idea that new cars don't break down early is a meme perpetuated by the auto industry to get people to keep recycling their cars when they break.

    Does that mean that mileage and wear and tear doesn't factor into whether a car will break or not? Of course not. But regular maintenance and swapping parts out when necessary is far more of a factor insofar as breakdowns go than general mileage or the age of a vehicle. There are well-maintained old vehicles out there that are far more dependable and drivable than many modern cars.

    The important thing to do is always go and inspect the car. Ask the owner if they have any receipts for work done if work is mentioned on the listing. Look the car up and down thoroughly, and make sure you have enough of a mechanical understanding of it to be capable of sensing potential problems. If you get a good enough deal, even if you throw thousands into a car in repairs, you will still come out on top in terms of money spent.

    NEVER buy a car sight-unseen. ALWAYS inspect in person, and bring a car-savvy friend or personal mechanic with you if you don't know a whole lot about the car or cars in general.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The only risk with buying used is the previous owner. Did the previous owner follow the maintenance schedule or were they an idiot? More previous owners increase the likelihood of an idiot owner that neglected maintenance. That is how you get a money pit car that breaks down all the time. Ignoring maintenance is the fastest way to increase the cost of your vehicle's ownership. Don't buy a car owned by an idiot and you'll be fine, however, buying new removes that factor all together but it then becomes your responsibility to not be the idiot.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I can get basically whatever bodystyle I want with around 60-100k miles.
    Now, I want to further add, the biggest benefit of a new car is warranty. Those cars passed their warranty period will be money pits down the road if you don't follow their maintenance schedule. Especially these days where everything is designed to last as long as they were designed and the company promises AT LEAST 36k miles for everything and 60k for the powertrain. Anything there after is your responsibility. Some people buy a used car with 60k miles on the clock only to have the engine or transmission grenade itself and that good deal wasn't so good anymore.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Do you own a socket wrench set and the the ability how google part replacement and read the maintenance schedule outlined in the manual?
    Buy whatever you want so long as it isn't literally rusting apart or some thrashed project car throwing check engine codes and other random dash warning lights.
    If you don't feel comfortable just yoloing repairs as they need to happen buy a new car and get fricked on financing, full insurance coverage, and still needing to take it to the dealer for regular maintenance and whatever recall happens as brand new cars can't even be sold without some seriously major defect anymore.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If your budget is $15K, may as well pay 30-50% more and get something new

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You can get more car for less cash on the used market. ~$15K for a used Rav4 with 100k miles and 200k left vs $35k new. 20k gets you a Kia or Hyundai which don't have the best reliability. $25k gets you a basic Honda/Toyota

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Then the engine or transmission blows up and you need 5-10k to replace it, might as well have bought new.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >grenading at 100k
          Recent model cars can't be that bad.
          ... can they?

          FWIW, I'm looking at 2010's cars.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Recent model
            That's where it gets worse, the closer you get to modernity, the more limited life consumable they become because manufacturers receive data over time in how to cut costs from their manufacturing as long as their appliance survives up to the covered warranties. It was somewhere around the early 00s where cars suddenly started becoming appliances more than heirlooms.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Honestly, 90s cars are a better bet than 2010+ under $15000. Virtually any car was better and cheaper in the 90s/00s from a reliability and repairability pov

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I love everything happening in this photo.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Just a nonwhite woman blocking traffic to move a toy so she can park without damaging it. Kinda everyday stuff

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >90's cars
            All gone, rust belt.

            >~$15K for a used Rav4 with 100k miles and 200k left
            No.
            Just no.

            y not

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I can't believe you say that and see a 90s Accord right in the photo.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That picture could easily be 15-20 years old, and probably not from the midwest

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Had a Hyundai do that just after 100k. Oil leak, indicator never lit, blew the frick up.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >~$15K for a used Rav4 with 100k miles and 200k left
        No.
        Just no.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      So you can lose that 30-50% in the first year.
      Most millionaires have never owned a new car.
      Do the math. New cars are for morons.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You either get assraped by the dealership israelite or the parts/mechanic israelite

    Take your pick

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