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Do you expect a problem when you buy a used car?

We just traded up to a larger car. 2005 equinox. We suspect there may be a problem with the electrical system or the starter. Do you think you should expect there to be at least small issues with a used car when you buy it?

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sarlove01

Asked by sarlove01 at 12:07 PM on Nov. 2, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • You can expect small issues, but be very careful and have a mechanic check it out. Keep records and check for carfax.
    jaimeswife2010

    Answer by jaimeswife2010 at 12:10 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Yes absolutley. Especially if you buy private party. They aren't mechanics. But even then, sometimes things just happen that no one can predict. We buy used. We just bought an F250 Superduty Crew Cab, and had to do the breaks a few weeks after it was like $400. But we had set money aside just in case so it was no biggie.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 12:11 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • If it is a certified pre-owned car you expect a few minor problems down the road a few weeks or month. A used car out of the paper yes you expect problems to arise but you pray they aren't major ones...
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:15 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Not right away
    horsesteelers

    Answer by horsesteelers at 12:45 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • well, this was from a dealer, its just an electrical issue... we got a carfax and its clean as well as service records and proof of a safety inspection. but we are still having an issue with a sputter when the car starts and the clock and radio were reset after it took 3 times to start this morning :( good thing for the 30 day warranty
    sarlove01

    Comment by sarlove01 (original poster) at 12:48 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • yes but this is why you have a mechanic inspect before buying other wise you can be in for major problems
    sarasmommy777

    Answer by sarasmommy777 at 3:10 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

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