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Old 10 Jul 2010, 10:46 am
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Default I plan on buying a 2001 honda accord with 200k miles on it?

Is that bad..the ad says the car will last another 250k miles. the average my friend said is 120 miles is the most you should ever buy a used car















3000 dollars !















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Old 10 Jul 2010, 11:01 am
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Depends how much you're going to pay for it!
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 11:31 am
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Is it burning oil?































If not $2000 max.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 11:46 am
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I'd believe any used car ad that says a car will last ANOTHER 250K miles....LMFAO. Sure, some cars do last a LONG time, but to tell a buyer a particular car will last to 450,000 miles is completely ridiculous.































There's not really a hard and fast rule for maximum mileage to consider on a used car since a car's life depends a lot on how it was driven and how well it was maintained, but less mileage is usually better because the odds of certain expensive components wearing out increases with mileage driven.































I don't think I'd spend $3K on a 10 model-year-old car with that many miles on it so I'd probably try to talk the price down or shop elsewhere, but if you're happy with the price, don't expect it to last forever, and the car is solid mechanically then you'll probably be OK driving it for a while.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 12:01 pm
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THAT HAS TOOO MANY MILES!!! Honda's are one of the most durable, reliable, long lasting cars you find on the market (and really fuel efficient). it really depends on how the car was maintained by the previous owner: regular oil changes, tire rotations, etc.. But for you my dear, do not buy it. 200k is too many miles. Because if it has problems, it would cost more to fix and more work/effort to put into it....mind as well buy something else
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 12:16 pm
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How long a car lasts is directly related to how well it's maintained and cared for. "Average" values are less then meaningless. I doubt I'd pay $3,000 for a car with 200k miles on it.































The fact that you're on Yahoo! Answers asking for advice about buying a car insinuates that you in fact know very little about cars and vehicle maintenance in general. Please understand that I don't say this to be the least bit insulting, I'm simply stating what I believe to be a fact. Please correct me if I'm wrong.































Having established that you're likely not a certified mechanic it'd be difficult for me to give you a full run-down of everything that you should check on this car before buying it. I will however, try to point out a few things that I keep an eye out for when looking to buy a used car.































Tires: Are all four tires the same brand? If the car has opposing sets of tires there's a decent chance that the previous owner couldn't afford to buy a full set of 4 tires at once. Properly maintaining a car costs money and if the individual didn't have enough money to swap all four tires at once I'd be willing to bet they didn't have the money to maintain it.































Rust: Look along the wheel wells of the car for any rust on the body panels. Rust typically starts at junctions of two panels because the owner didn't wash salt off the car during winter months. Also look under the car at the frame. To do this, lay on the ground between the tires. and look for a metal flange that runs the entire length of the car about 8 inches in. The flange should be straight and unblemished. If you notice excessive amounts of bending or rust, walk away.































Fluids: Pull out the transmission dipstick (red handle with a long metal rod attached, found under the hood) and inspect the fluid. Use a paper towel to clean the fluid off and observe it's color. The fluid will likely be red with a slightly dark tint to it. Excessive amounts of black is bad. Smell the fluid as well, (just enough to get a little sniff - no need to inhale the fluid itself). It should smell like a car. It shouldn't smell burned. If it smells burned than the previous owner pushed the car hard. Walk away.































Belts: On one side of the motor you should find a long, flat belt which links numerous wheels called pulleys. The underside of the belt will have grooves in it. Look at the grooves and see if they're split/cracked. A crack or two is normal. Lots of cracks means the belt hasn't been replaced in a while and, guess what, the car wasn't well maintained.































Dirt: An often overlooked aspect of buying a used car is how clean two parts of the car are: the engine bay and under the fuel door. Pop the hood (you'll have to do this anyway to check out the transmission fluid) and note how much dust and debris you see. A dust free engine bay is typically the sign of someone who knows about cars and cares for them. People who don't understand cars are typically scared to touch or clean ANYTHING under the hood. If all components under the hood are insanely shiny and greasy looking than the previous owner probably had the car detailed. Under the fuel door is usually pretty nasty on a car that is owned by someone who doesn't understand vehicle maintenance. People who take pride in the condition of their vehicle will clean under the fuel door.































Hope that helps!
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 01:16 pm
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I would be very careful! The transmission's on those cars are very iffy, I mean to replace it you may be looking at your purchase price. I would pay no more than 1800
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You also should compare car insurance quotes for cars before buying one, for example here - carinsurance.yoll.net
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 01:46 pm
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I have a 94 Civic ex with 230,000 miles and drives like new I paid $1600 and couldn't be happier. I don't know if the Accord will go another 250k but it should go another 100k which on average is 10 years. I would check if the timing belt has been replaced if not change that right away and you should get years out of the car. In Colorado $3000 is not bad when I was looking that was about average I would say go for it but check a site like Edmunds and see what owners of 2001 Accords have to say. Good Luck with your new car!
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 02:01 pm
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I've had Hondas drive as good as new with well over 200,000 miles but I have also had one blow a head gasket at 190,000 miles.































How well was it maintained? Does it have a new timing belt? Receipts to prove it. Receipts or other evidence that the car was maintained?































I'm not saying it isn't a good deal but without seeing it and knowing the answers to my questions, it is difficult to say that it is or isn't a good deal.































Is there any indication of rust?
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