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mgmn 5 10 August 14, 2015 at 05:25 AM
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Hello everyone,

I have been looking to buy a 7 seater SUV or minivan( Honda odessey/ HondaPilot/ Mazda cx9/ Chevy Traverse are in my short list).. and needed some advice. 2-3 yr old certified used one preferably.

I have been using 1997 Toyota camry for last 10 years that has 185k miles on it. Its about time to add 2nd vehicle since my wife got a job and we are expecting our 2nd kid in Jan 2016.We are family of 3. me my wife and my 3 yr old daughter. Our annual family income is $80 k.

I have about $5000 for down payment and I like Honda odeseeyl as it is more roomy. since it is the end of the year, dealers might give some good deals on previous years models.

I want to hear ideas/suggestions from slick deal friends..

Many thanks

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I'm not sure why people with 2 kids feel the need to get a minivan or other large vehicle. You can easily fit two car seats in a sedan. I actually still use my '07 Honda Civic Si with 2 car seats in it (one forward facing and one rear facing) although we normally use our '13 Ford Flex for any driving with the entire family (5 of us, my oldest is 12).
Finding a "cheap", used Honda is difficult unless you want one with tons of miles.... If it were me, I'd just get some sort of larger sedan or wagon.
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This is how I buy a car....

I look on Craigslist... I buy from an individual (not a dealership)... I look for a car that still has a warranty that extends to the second driver, usually it is a extended warranty that the person purchased.

The Honda and Toyota both make an amazing minivan, and I have two family members that have the Maza 7 seater.

Good luck.
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Knowing that OP held on to a 97 camry, it is possible that he prefers to keep the car forever to get the best value / cost out of it.

Cars manufactured in recent years are generally more reliable in terms of mechanical stuff. It is likely the car he's buying will last for 30 more years or 200K+ more miles. A minivan would be a sensible choice if they are planning to have more kids and teenagers with all the stuff.

I prefer minivans than SUVs simply because of the difference of the center of gravity. SUV generally has higher center and is more prone for rolling over. CX-9 has better handling but it gets lower than average fuel economy.
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We bought a new 2012 Dodge Journey a few years back and have been loving it ever sense. Bought a nearly fully loaded one for $25k out the door. Came with leather, heated seats, hidden storage, 7 seats, rear passenger HVAC, touchscreen uconnect, 285hp v6, towing setup, 100k mile warranty, and all other nice amenities.

Good luck trying to find a similar Honda/Toyota for anywhere close to that price. When we were looking similar comparisons were at least $30-35k, just for the name brand. I would highly recommend checking out the dodge journey. We've put almost 100k miles on it without any problems (just normal things like brakes and tires). Very dependable vehicle. And we still get 25-28mpg on the highway. It hauls our three kids just fine Smilie.
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about craigslist.

search in cars owner listed, "extended warranty" and see what pops up. I saved about three thousand when I purchased my car for $12,995 (the next closest price) from a dealership was $16,000.00 plus taxes, etc...
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Quote from ogp View Post :
I'm not sure why people with 2 kids feel the need to get a minivan or other large vehicle. You can easily fit two car seats in a sedan. I actually still use my '07 Honda Civic Si with 2 car seats in it (one forward facing and one rear facing) although we normally use our '13 Ford Flex for any driving with the entire family (5 of us, my oldest is 12).
Finding a "cheap", used Honda is difficult unless you want one with tons of miles.... If it were me, I'd just get some sort of larger sedan or wagon.
my reason to look for a 7 seater is to accomdate when my parents/inlaws visit this country and stay for extended period of time. I dont own any other car except my 97 camry. My idea is to spend about 20k to buy a 2012/2013 Honda odessey
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Quote from mgmn View Post :
my reason to look for a 7 seater is to accomdate when my parents/inlaws visit this country and stay for extended period of time. I dont own any other car except my 97 camry. My idea is to spend about 20k to buy a 2012/2013 Honda odessey
In that case, would it not be better to just rent a larger vehicle when they are here? That way you aren't paying for a larger vehicle that you don't need most of the time not to mention the extra money you'll be spending on fuel for a larger vehicle over its life.
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Regardless of which used car you end up buying, don't put too much stock into the "certified" designation. It's not a standardized, regulated word and can mean any number of different things depending on the dealership. Sometimes it's purely a marketing term with little to no substance to it, so don't rely on that designation no matter what dealership is using it.

Instead, make sure you have any used car you're considering buying checked out by an independent mechanic of your choosing. Also, pull a CarFax for any yellow or red flags, but don't treat a clean CarFax as a green light as not everything makes it to a CarFax. But, if you see something negative, treat it as a yellow or red flag.
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Honda odyssey 2012 $16,00
2013 $20,00


Toyota sienna

2012 $17,000

2013 $19,000


http://usnews.rankingsandreviews....d/overall/
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Quote from joshuaNH View Post :
This is how I buy a car....

I look on Craigslist... I buy from an individual (not a dealership)... I look for a car that still has a warranty that extends to the second driver, usually it is a extended warranty that the person purchased.

The Honda and Toyota both make an amazing minivan, and I have two family members that have the Maza 7 seater.

Good luck.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/10-t...raigslist/
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Thanks...

But did you notice that there was no mention about going to private dealers and searching the words... "extended guarantee"... if you get one that has one and it is 3 years or newer and never been in an accident, I would probably not get it inspected.

I have also met at the bank, they watched me get a check and then we go to the DMV... after it is registered in my name, I then given them the check (cashier's check).
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CarMax is nice if you want to go the used route. They have a money-back guarantee unlike most shady used car dealers. If you have some mechanical know how or can get a mechanic to come with you, I'd go with Craigslist to save the most money.
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Quote from joshuaNH View Post :
Thanks...

But did you notice that there was no mention about going to private dealers and searching the words... "extended guarantee"... if you get one that has one and it is 3 years or newer and never been in an accident, I would probably not get it inspected.

I have also met at the bank, they watched me get a check and then we go to the DMV... after it is registered in my name, I then given them the check (cashier's check).
I find this terribly hard to believe. Who would wait at DMV with you to register their car and then you pay after that? Sorry, don't buy it. I've sold lots of cars to private parties and if any of them even suggested this nonsense I'd tell them to f off.
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