Okay, exbf needs a vehicle. So, I am pre-shopping and doing the internet research. There have been a few floods around here and elsewhere, so we want to avoid a vehicle from a flood, wrecked car, totaled car, and other things.
He is not a haggler and just pays the price the vehicle first comes down to. He will not push for a better deal, EVER. You know he can do better than that. I will have to be the badass and may have to hurt him, too. I am willing to do so to get him a good price. I am the haggler and really stubborn to get a good price. He just caves. I have seen this and want to cry. I fear he will beam when he finds the car he wants....ack.
So, what sites are there to find out about the history of a car? How about recalls? What else should I know? Is CarFax worth the cost? We will find the cars, come home and investigate them on the internet and go back out to buy one or maybe do so the next week. I am doing this because I have more time than he does and a better internet connection.
Amazingly, in 30 years I have never bought a used car that fooled me. I never have bought a car that tore up immediately with some problem I had not detected. Call me lucky or whatever. He just buys the cheapest thing he can that is 18-years-old and keeps buying expensive junkers. This time will be different.
Right now, the transmission is slipping, ac needs to be replaced, brakes going, motor has blown head gasket or something, coolant must be refilled daily, oil has bad leak, front seat on passenger side is broke and leans back, and it roars down the road. He cannot get into and out of a car easily because of his hips needing replacing. So, he had a Chevy S10 (I think that is right) that was the right height seat. He wants a small SUV or something comparable to the S10 he had. Any ideas of what to get or avoid in that type?
He is coming to town with a down payment and information on loan from his credit union and loan obtained, I think. So, we won't be popular with the finance department of car lots.
Give me your best sites and ideas, please. I may not reply to all comments or suggestions. I will just be implementing your suggestions. I do know how to buy a vehicle, but I have never used any of the sites that available, whatever and wherever they are. Thanks a bunch.
He does not mind sites that he must pay to get information.