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Subject:Which car should I buy?
Time:11:34 am
It's about time for me to buy another car and drive it until the wheels fall off. For reasons that aren't really worth going into, I'm getting a PT Cruiser convertible. I have two candidate cars in mind, both 2005 models.

(The Purple One) A Touring (mid-level) model, turbo-lite (a little sluggish, uses regular fuel). It's not terribly feature-laden, but it's in great shape and it only has 22K miles on it. The asking price is $11K. Here's a link to the car.

(The Silver One) A GT (top-level) model, full-on turbo (requires premium fuel), much peppier. It's pretty decked out-- leather, heated seats, nav system (which I'd probably wind up ripping out), ABS, etc. It has 60K miles, and is still in good shape but has more wear & tear, minor dings, etc. It's silver with a dark interior, which I'm not wild about. They were asking over $11K when I first saw it a couple of months ago. When I test drove it yesterday they were asking $8888. Today it's reduced to $7995. I think this link will work. If not, go to www.downtowntoyta.com, click on specials under pre-owned, and you'll find it.

Obviously, they're highly motivated to sell the silver one. However, the Carfax report on the purple one suggests that it's been on the lot for a couple of months, and they may also be fairly eager to get rid of it. It's winter, and what moron buys a convertible in the winter?

Having only 22K miles is a huge selling point, since I plan to keep it for a long time, low mileage seems like a huge win. Plus, it's purple, yo. Truthfully, I'd be happy driving either one. Edit: Of slight note is that I drove the purple one in pouring rain, and the top did not leak. It did piss on me when the door was open, but I'm used to that.

I think my strategy is going to be this: negotiate aggressively for the purple one. If I succeed, I'm happy. If not, I buy the silver one and I'm also happy.

Thoughts?
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ts4z
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Time:2011-11-08 09:55 pm (UTC)
Turbos are fun, but they stress the whole drivetrain. My wife's Beetle has the factory turbo option, and while the car is pretty nice to drive, as it got old the turbo has caused extra pain to an already mildly unreliable car. At 75K miles or so, they had to put a new transmission in. 18 months ago, well over 100K miles, my wife complained the car had lost pep. 6 months ago the check engine light came on and we learned the turbo hose had a hole. That's fine, but it would have been nice to know that sooner; then again, what kind of self-respecting mechanic doesn't suggest replacing the hoses every 120K miles or so? Maybe our problem is our dealer.

TLDR: I like your strategy.
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