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Unread 04-17-2015, 05:42 PM   #1
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Hi, I am considering buying this car: Used 2012 Honda Civic For Sale | Walnut Creek CA

My out the door budget is approximately $15k and I like how this have a navigation system, sun roof and bluetooth while most other civic don't include these features in my price range. But when I emailed the car dealership guy he said that this is Not a "certified pre-own car". Does this mean that this car is not very safe to drive or require lots of extra maintenance or higher insurance? Do you guys think I should rather get another honda civic car w/o these features but "certified pre-own"?

I'm a first time buyer and new driver so I don't really know much about cars except to check the mileage, mpg and vin number car history when buying used cars. Any other tips or questions I should ask when buying?

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Another question is this car is $14900 w/o applicable taxes and other fees, so around how much should I expect the final price to be (estimate)? (Eg, plus of around $1000 for prices that are not final?)

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Does this include registering the car? assuming you're in CA, the sales tax is 7.5%, so if you are paying dealer fees and all of that crap, add on the DMV cost which would be about $1,100 in sales tax. So all in all, expect to spend around $16,000 all together

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Does this include registering the car? assuming you're in CA, the sales tax is 7.5%, so if you are paying dealer fees and all of that crap, add on the DMV cost which would be about $1,100 in sales tax. So all in all, expect to spend around $16,000 all together
Yes I'm in CA,. Comparing it to market price, how reasonably low do you you think I can negotiate it down to? I'm kind of alone here and I don't know if they will take an 18 y/o girl seriously when negotiating.. I went with one of my girl friend (2013 corolla, 30k mileage, out the door $15k) and the sales guy refused to budge an inch..

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What I do is write a check for the exact amount that I am willing to spend. I tell him, if the guy at the dealership down the road will take 5 bucks off, I'm going with him. Tell him that you will not pay dealer fees like prep fees, advertising fees, paperwork processing fees. Tell him you do not want the car cleaned, you don't want the oil changed. Tell him that you are giving him X amount of dollars and you are taking the car. Be prepared to leave. Don't get attached to this car. There are a million of them just like this. Don't back down.

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when I emailed the car dealership guy he said that this is Not a "certified pre-own car". Does this mean that this car is not very safe to drive or require lots of extra maintenance or higher insurance? Do you guys think I should rather get another honda civic car w/o these features but "certified pre-own"??
Nothing like that, it just means the dealership doesn't sell it with any warranty. CPO vehicles are practically new when you buy them. It will come with the factory warranty alone.
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Is a warranty kinda useless/not used often or it is useful to have for new drivers?

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A warranty, in my eyes. Is THE most important part of the car.

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A warranty doesn't really have anything to do with a new driver. Anything you damage directly as a result of being a new driver is almost assuredly not covered under your warranty.

I like to have a warranty, I've only had a car covered by one once in the past but it definitely paid for itself. Even if you don't use it, it's a nice peace of mind knowing that if something explodes, it's totally covered.
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I have bought all of my cars used, and they have all had either factory warranties or extended warranties. It's such a load off of your shoulders to know that you are not in the hole for covered parts. Even if I don't use it, it's nice to know I have it. I never buy into getting a warranty on other products like t.v's and computers, but cars are a different story.

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