Ha, this brings me back to the good old days, the number of vehicles I had purchased for under a hundred bucks, most in like new condition that only required a buck to repair. One that stands out in my mind was a 52 DeSoto, showroom condition, new tires, but had AT problems, got that for a hundred bucks. Needed a new synchro that costs me a buck and five hours work to make it perfect.
Sold that for 400 bucks for a 54 Olds fully customized, but need a major engine overhaul, could to that back then for less than a hundred bucks, new pistons, valves everything.
Today, its buying someone else's problems so really have to be careful, have no idea how it was maintained or driven, and even doing the work by yourself, the cost of parts is outrageous.
Have a 2012 2LT that I purchased new, only has 42K miles on it now, but the bumper to bumper warranty is in the history books, and only eight months left on the PT warranty. But know it was driven very carefully and very well maintained. Have no thoughts of trading it in.
So why was this 2012 LTZ traded in? How was it driven and maintained? What's the pricetag on it, some dealers go nuts. Just way too many variables, any modifications? Brakes pass the safety test as long as the wear indicators are not rubbing, OE tires if still on, are worn, already up to a thousand bucks only going this far. Rear calipers are extremely expensive to replace if you can't do this by yourself.
With this new stuff, after checking out a used vehicle myself, only guy I trust, takes me a couple of days to look it over, and just add up the parts it needs. 9 times out of 10, cheaper to buy new.
Ha, would you pay 367 bucks for a new Honda engine for a lawn mower that you only paid 220 bucks for? This is how crazy this world has become. Kid's transmission went out on his rotor tiller, 620 bucks for a replacement on a 720 buck tiller? Well is dad took it all apart for him, press fit crap, have the tools, so he got by for 120 bucks. But if he had to pay for labor, cheaper to buy a new one.
Just one more example, 260 bucks for a fuel pump for the Cruze and this is if you find the lowest web price and replace it yourself, at the dealer, can cost over a thousand. They don't last as long if the last guy drove the tank on empty or even used E10 or even tried E85. How do you know this? And this is just one example.