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Unread 02-22-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Steps to buying a car. Help requested.

I am posting for a friend of mine who is looking to buy a used car, but have no idea where to start.

She is an international student in the US, and away from any family. It was sad to see that she had no one to turn to for help, so I wanted to help out as much as possible. Although I know a little bit about cars, I'm not exactly a car nut and don't feel qualified to help. So here I am, asking you fine people.

She needs a good with a good balance of reliability and price, since she will be here for a while. I'd say a budget range of $5,000 ~ $12,000? Probably on the lower end of the range is preferred. Not exactly a wealthy individual... like most of us.

So I wanted to ask for a good tip in the process of buying cars... or better yet, recommend a specific car for her to look at? Maybe there is a car that you've been eye-ing but haven't decided whether to buy it... I bet someone somewhere could really use it more than you *wink *wink

I'd appreciate any help from this forum!!

(Sorry, I saw that there were different sections for buying/selling cars but I saw absolutely no traffic there... hope you guys will still help)

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Unread 02-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #2
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Oh yea. I live in Virginia!!

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Unread 02-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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What metro area? We can help identify some specific options.
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Anywhere in northern Virginia or Shenandoah valley is perfect! Thanks!!

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Car, SUV, truck?
Does she need 4 doors?
Hatchback or trunk?
Automatic transmission?
Any specific criteria other than mpg, price and reliability?
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