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Old 30 Jan 2013, 06:16 pm
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Default 1995 Honda CIvic EX Coupe with 136,126 miles for $2,990 a good deal?

I found this one and Its body is in really good condition. I just want to know if that's too many miles for this car. I plan on taking it to a mechanic before I buy it the seller said yes to doing that.

I forgot to mention this will be my first car.

Here is the link to the car info.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 06:31 pm
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I would look for a car with lower mileage. Keep in mind it's 18 yrs. old.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 06:46 pm
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ok deal not great.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 07:01 pm
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Check the price on kelly blue book. Also check its history.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 07:19 pm
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It has pretty good miles considering it's 18 years old. It's said to be that cars should be getting about 10,000 miles a year so if you do the math it should have at least 180,000 miles on it already. But when an older car has miles that are so low like this one, there is a chance that it could have been sitting for a long time do to engine failure, transmission, etc or that the gauge cluster isn't the original one which is why it's marking the miles so low (that's what I think it is). All in all you must test drive the car first obviously to make sure the engine is still strong and about the price, it seems to me that it's kind of overpriced. Since you don't have pictures of it, I would expect the car to be super clean from the interior/exterior and that the engine is strong like I mentioned before without any check engine lights.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 07:32 pm
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If you ask me that's a bit pricey but you didn't mention what part of the world you're in bec that greatly affects the price too.I know that a 96 Civic Ex with about the same mileage runs from 2,000 to close to 3,000 with owner transfer,certified with a valid passed smog/e-tested report, valid plates/stickers and taxes at dealerships here in Ontario,Canada at local car sales outlets.

It really all depends on how well the car was maintained by previous owner/owners and this is why it's always a good idea to find out if the past owner/owners kept any type of list of the work that was done to the car.It's also a good idea to know what Car Fax, etc info you can find on the used vehicle before you ever agree to purchase it.Besides getting any maintenance records from the seller you might want to find out if any of the local Honda dealerships have any service records and if you use the vehicle's Vin numbers on the interior lower drivers side dash , the service departments, car fax etc should be able to find out if any work history reports or work history etc exists.

Of course the most important things that matter is what shape the vehicle is in physically and mechanically and then what the mileage is etc.It's wise to get a mechanic or shop that you trust etc to go over the whole vehicle.A full safety inspection should be performed on it , here the safety checks run from 70-100 bucks or more.It's a good idea to take a good look at the car once it's at the garage getting checked, perhaps ask the mechanic if you can see the underneath of the car, brakes etc as they check them.Note at least have them show/explain any problems.Note a normal safety check here doesn't include the engine so if possible have the mechanic check how the car, drives and how the engine is running etc.Note if the wheel walls are in good shape and the underneath of the car, as well as no rust etc exists then the car was probably kept up well.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way some mistakes many first time buyers make when purchasing a vehicle is they just go by what the car looks like.They don't check ahead of time with car insurance companies on the actual costs involved to insure the car they want to buy. They may not bot check all the tires, belts or all the different fluid levels and make sure none of the fluids are leaking or impure etc.Another thing they may not do is take the vehicle for a good test drive by driving the car 10-20 mins in the city and another 15-20 mins on the hwy.

Also you're doing right by getting the car checked out first bec many don't get the car checked out by a mechanic first or their just too eager or they simply rush into a so called good deal.Note finding out all you can about any car you want to buy or you own is always a good idea and having a factory service manual or service manual handy to read is a good idea .Reading the owners manual fully is vital too and also getting to know how your car drives, monitoring the car as it starts, idles, warms up and it's being driven. Monitoring the dash and its gauges is also a good idea and checking the car's tires, fluid levels, wipers, belts etc on a regular basis is also a good idea.

I actually have driven repaired and owned a variety of different makes, models and I happen to own one of those cars and their pretty good cars. It all depends on how well the car was taken car of but before you do agree on a price or try to buy any vehicle you should really check the car right out, shop around compare prices etc and never be shy to try and wheel and deal on the purchase price or any possible warranty coverage you make be able to get included in the purchase price. Try to remember it's a buyers market out there so again try and get the best deal possible and believe me don't ever rush into buying any used vehicle bec you tend to end up with headaches.
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Old 30 Jan 2013, 07:48 pm
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That amount of miles is not something to worry about for that car. the price is a bit high but not unreasonable if its clean.
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