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Looking for a used car under 10K #5288527 12/08/19 01:13 PM
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After my sister totaled out the Fusion about a month ago we have been looking for a replacement car. We are looking to stay under 10K because that is what she can afford. Other then that, the other requirements are to be a known reliable car and same class of car that she was driving. That leads me to another Fusion, sonata, Malibu Ect. I really am partial to getting another Fusion and have found a couple that fit the bill. But, they were sold in a few days because they were that nice for the money.

Honda’s and Toyota’s do not seem to exist under 10K unless they have 150,000 miles or more.

We are not interested in anything smaller in size because of safety reasons and not really anything bigger because she is not comfortable.

Any other suggestions?


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288530 12/08/19 01:15 PM
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Mazda 6 or Fusion with the 2.5 engine which seems to be quite durable. Forget the Sonata since the engines like to grenade.

Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288532 12/08/19 01:16 PM
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Keep looking for that Fusion, Milan, or whatever the Lincoln is. They're nice, as you know, and you already know the car so you'll know when something isn't quite up with a prospect.

Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288552 12/08/19 01:32 PM
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My Son just bought a Hyundai Elantra 2013 in MN for 6500.00


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288566 12/08/19 01:46 PM
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I spotted a very nice fusion. You could eat off this car. She makes it to the dealer a few days later and car is already sold. Of course the sales man turns her to a Buick Verano that is more money and I am just not sure how I feel about those cars. For some reason I’m just not interested in the Buick at all


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288571 12/08/19 01:51 PM
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Camry, Accord or Mazda6

Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288576 12/08/19 01:56 PM
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2002 Camry 107k mi $3500

Auto Trader has several Camry's in your area with 100k miles (some under, some slightly over) for that budget.


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: eljefino] #5288578 12/08/19 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
Keep looking for that Fusion, Milan, or whatever the Lincoln is. They're nice, as you know, and you already know the car so you'll know when something isn't quite up with a prospect.


I agree. You all already know your way around the Fusion well. As a matter of fact, I know of person who just sold a 2010 Milan (I think last year for Mercury), with like 65k miles for $4500. It was the premier trim. His grandmother bought it new, but can’t drive any longer, so they sold it. Hopefully, you can find a deal like that, good luck!


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288581 12/08/19 02:00 PM
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start asking friends and neighbors


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288584 12/08/19 02:03 PM
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Remembering the other Fusion thread, hopefully this car be in her name on her insurance? How did it work out for your parents?

Until she calms down I'd be looking hard at the safety ratings of whatever you're looking at.



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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: AZjeff] #5288586 12/08/19 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by AZjeff
Remembering the other Fusion thread, hopefully this car be in her name on her insurance? How did it work out for your parents?

Until she calms down I'd be looking hard at the safety ratings of whatever you're looking at.

Supposed to her car and her insurance.


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: CARJ] #5288593 12/08/19 02:09 PM
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Jetta! 2.5 or 2.slow. They have nice interiors.

That 2002 Camry is nice, you could probably get a scrapyard door for that colour no problem at all.


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288608 12/08/19 02:20 PM
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I would try and find a first gen Acura TSX with reasonable mileage.
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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: Mr Nice] #5288615 12/08/19 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Nice
Camry, Accord or Mazda6

+1 to Camry or even Corolla if you don't think it is too small. We are on our second Corolla. First one got over 250k problem-free. Extremely reliable and mileage almost as good as a hybrid. And, they can certainly be found for well under 10k. Good luck!


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Re: Looking for a used car under 10K [Re: dan_erickson] #5288626 12/08/19 02:35 PM
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If you want a Fusion then the main issue seems to be jumping on one when you find it. Good deals (on anything) don't tend to stick around long.

No Malibu! No GM at all used, IMO they become money pits after a few years. A Corolla is a solid yet boring pedestrian choice. IE beats walking. wink

Then again the way you wrote that she totalled it out, if she is an accident risk then it's probably worth a few bucks more for more metal around her with a Camry, or even an Avalon... she can get used to a larger vehicle, it's not as though it is a tank, but owners of those tend to be conservative and take good care of them so something a little older with low miles can be a great value and better crash protection.

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