Buying a car!

Tiny
NIQRAINEY
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  • 1999 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES
I would like to know if its safe to buy this type of car with 90,000 miles on it. The owner is asking 2,000 dollars.
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Monday, February 15th, 2016 AT 6:35 PM

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Tiny
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We don't get involved with things like that here. It could be a great deal or a lousy one. It's my least favorite manufacturer to deal with and my least favorite model, but you can get good ones and bad ones.

Why is the person selling it? Does it have any problems that you were told, "it just needs a... ". If that were true, they would have fixed the problem.

Your best bet is to ask to take the car for an afternoon and take it to an independent shop for an impartial inspection to include the brakes, steering, and suspension systems. A thorough inspection with a short test-drive should take about an hour and a half. You choose the shop, not the seller.

Even the most thorough inspection can't find things that can go wrong next week. There's often no way to know what is about to go wrong, just like with any other car.
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Monday, February 15th, 2016 AT 6:58 PM
Tiny
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The person said its a clean car with no issues he sent me pictures but haven't drove it yet. He said its 90,000 miles on it. And that it past inspection already. I don't know what to do because I don't know anything about cars. Please help!
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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YOU want your own inspection. Why would you take the word of the person who is trying to unload the car? Also, why would a seller pay to have it inspected? Would you do that if you were trying to sell your car? If the seller won't let you take the car to have your own inspection done, walk away from the deal. There's a lot of better cars out there.
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 8:24 AM

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