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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a cash car

To you mechanics and techs out there. I'm going to be buying a cash car for commuting purposes in the next couple of months.

I've narrowed my search to a 2001-2008 Honda Civic. Is there any known issues or gremlins that I should be on the lookout for when I look at cars? I'll be going for 4door automatics.

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If it applies to you, make sure it passes emissions before you hand over money. Seen a few in my circle lately having troubles with the vacuum system, causing emissions test issues. Not sure if the specific problem. Also, be careful it's not a flood car, seen several in that year range show up here lately.

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Timing belts and service on the automatic transmission are things to look for . Scan it for codes if you can . Listen wheel bearing noise when you road test . Look at the tire wear pattern , that is a good indicator or issues / wear on suspension components .
Avoid cars with the air bag light on ( often is a aggravating wiring problem/ clock spring)
Look for a clean looking cooling system .
Make sure all the power windows work .

If itís a hybrid youíll want to avoid the car if thereís a thud when you take off from the CVT ...

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No to hybrid. Abs light like stated.
They are good cars, good on gas.
Keep in mind they are like #3 most popular stolen.......

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Plain and simple, take it to a shop that you trust and pay them to do a real through inspection from one end to the other. This will cost a bit but will save you money in the long run. Even if it is at dealer take it somewhere other than that dealer.

Do this even if you are a pretty good backyard mechanic. Repair shops usually know what to look for as far as problems

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I do plan on getting the car looked over by someone who knows what they are looking at. Hopefully the seller will let me get the car inspected. Some sellers won't let you... I know the basics to look for, and do plan on taking a scan tool to verify that it has no codes.

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well, if the seller will not agree to a pre purchase inspection, that is usually a sign they are trying to hide something and it is time to walk away from that car and person.
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Plain and simple, take it to a shop that you trust and pay them to do a real through inspection from one end to the other. This will cost a bit but will save you money in the long run. Even if it is at dealer take it somewhere other than that dealer.

Do this even if you are a pretty good backyard mechanic. Repair shops usually know what to look for as far as problems

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Y'all know Super Duty trucks are on that list of most stolen vehicles?

https://www.google.com/search?q=most...02019&hl=en-US
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Y'all know Super Duty trucks are on that list of most stolen vehicles?

https://www.google.com/search?q=most...02019&hl=en-US
The older ones yeah. The newer ones with the laser cut smart keys are a little more difficult to steal.

Although the popular method lately is the theives will use a damn tow truck and take the vehicle in plain sight without anyone thinking anything is going on. Don't matter with kind of special key is has, won't work against a flatbed.

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