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Old 09-15-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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Not for me, of course...the Bonneville will remain mine until it gets turned to scrap. But my girlfriend is looking for a new car, and has about $4000 to work with. We've looked up the basics, and the main thing I'm wondering is if looking up a history report on the car you want to buy is worth it, and if so, by what means? Carfax?

I come here since I know you are all so knowledgable, and definately 10x more mature than any other car forum I've ever trolled/frequented.
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There is quite a bit that can be turned up in a carfax report,that'* one reason they're asked for so much around here
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Also, what'* the proper way about inquiring about a car? Call the seller up and ask to see the car in person? I would never buy without driving the car first...but I've never bought outside of a dealership.
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Also, what'* the proper way about inquiring about a car? Call the seller up and ask to see the car in person? I would never buy without driving the car first...but I've never bought outside of a dealership.
Sure,call the seller up and ask about it and take it for a test drive and deal on it if ya want
If they won't let ya take it for a test drive,take ya money elsewhere
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Just so you all know, I tried to get her to buy a Bonnie, but she wouldn't give in...she needs the economy, and we both decided the Bonnie is too much car for her anyways
Also, my car would get jealous.
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Also, my car would get jealous.
It would only get jealous if it were an SSE or an SSEi
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Don't forget to look underneath the car for signs of heavy rusting, inside the trunk also.

Look inside the engine bay for mismatch paint(indication of accident)

Look at the engine/trans frame welds. Do they look like they were grinded down and re-welded?(another accident indication)

Look for handwritten letters and numbers on key parts like A-arms, engine, trans, etc. These are junkyard markings.

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Girls like Grand Ams. Take a look at the V6 versions around 99-02. I know a few girls that have them and they love the economy and reliability. But they like the styling the most.
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Be sure to look the car over very carefully, you get no warranty from a private seller; its strictly as- is and buyer beware!
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Back to the original question, there is a lot of stuff that may not show up on Carfax. Carfax knows nothing about the minor accident my car was in waaaaaaay back.
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