Apr. 14th, 2012

  • 11:49 PM
brillando: ([American Idol] una sonrisa guapisima)
Dear flist,

I would like you to meet Castiel, my new baby car:

It's a 1997 Toyota Camry LE with only 79,380 miles on it. It's in excellent condition and drives like a dream - seriously, the ride was so quiet and so smooth, it was even better than my dad's Lexus. There's more pictures and videos on the dealer website here if you're curious.

The only downside is that I'll be paying a little more than I was hoping to spend on a car - $6,500, not including taxes and fees. Tax alone bumps up the price to $7k, and I'm not sure yet how much the fees will be, but my dad assures me it won't be much.

I haven't officially bought it yet because I need to wait until my paycheck deposits on Wednesday to have enough money to cover it. But I do have a $500 deposit on it, so it is mine.

Honestly though, I'm fine with the price, because I am in love with this car, and thrilled that it's MINE. This baby is going to last me a long time so I definitely think it's worth it. Can't wait until I have it so I can show it off to everyone, and put my UC Santa Cruz Alumni license plate holder on it - I'll take pictures then too haha.

After all these months looking for cars, the nightmare with the Passat (that car ended up needing $3k worth of repair work done, which lol no) and the nightmare I had this week checking out a 2003 Nissan Altima (the car was mostly decent, but needed a little work done to it and the guys selling it were SUPER sketchy), I'm also just glad that it's finally OVER. Now I can focus on moving out!

Apr. 8th, 2012

  • 12:54 AM
brillando: ([Star Trek] spock is intrigued)
Hello flist,

I am super tired right now but am in need for some input ASAP so I'll make this short and sweet (though I will try to post about my actual life later): I currently have this car on hold at a dealership.

It's a 2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon with under 100,000 miles. Ignore the price on the page; we reached a deal with the dealer to buy it for $6k, fees and tax included, a significant price saving from the listed $7k sale price excluding fees and tax.

I admit that I never really saw myself driving a wagon but it's been really difficult to find a decent car under 100k miles in my price range and this seems like a decent deal. I ordered the Carfax report and it has been in an accident, but it doesn't seem to have been a major one because another person bought the car and drove it for years afterward. We're gonna get it checked out by a mechanic either way though.

So I'm basically just looking for any kind of opinions about this - do you think this is a good deal? Do you or anyone you know have any kind of experience with this car? I'm doing my own research but having the input of my friends will make a HUGE difference, so I'd appreciate it if you could take a moment to think it over for me. Thank you!!