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I have three things I'd love input on: 1. I need suggestions on a car model. 2. Might one be able to lease a new car for not much more than buying a used one outright (without figuring in any tax savings? 3. Input on using a car broker to buy a car. My elderly mum needs a new car and the prospect of how to make the best decision and get one seems overwhelming.
1. She doesn't want to spend more than $15,000, and she wants a safe car (the words ''tank-like'' were used. But we've rejected Volvo, as we've heard they're expensive to maintain/repair). She drives about 5,000 miles/year.
2. And I've thought that she might be able to lease a new one for not much more than a good used one might cost. Especially if one of my siblings, who owns a business, leases it instead and makes some kind of arrangement with my mum (who does provide him with business advice).
3. Does anyone have experience using a car broker? Can you recommend one? Does one only use a car broker when buying (as opposed to leasing)?
I hate buying cars - mine is 15 years old and going strong. Jessica
We purchased our Volvo Wagon from Pat Nohr - new, not used - and he offered us a similar deal with a slight discount on the dealer's cost. He also sold my car on his lot. Both transactions worked well and I would definitely buy and sell thru him again. mrsbiles
I need to buy a new car and have already pretty well decided on a Subaru Outback. I'd like comments on this car from anyone with experience, good or bad. Also, any recommendations for neutral car brokers? I dread getting into negotiations with a car dealer, as I really don't know what to expect. Finally, if anyone has a 1996, 97, or 98 for sale..... Laura
You have to know exactly what you want including options. I liked the fact that he charged a straight fee instead of commission of the price of the car. When I bought mine, he charged a straight fee of $250, but that could have changed. Anyway, I highly recommend him. Ana
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