Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Need advice on whether i should buy this used car.

asked by on

I am looking for an inexpensive used car that I won't have to put a lot of money into keeping it running. I found this '99 dodge intrepid with 182k miles for $1900 although according to kbb he is asking too much and I will talk him down. What issues should i be aware of and would you recommend this sale or should I keep looking?

My car has 182461 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The vehicle you are looking at may be a gre...

The vehicle you are looking at may be a great car or a lemon. To give you an honest answer as to whether this car is going to be a problem or not cannot be answered with the information you gave me. I would recommend having a pre-purchase vehicle inspection by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic.com.

The inspection will look at all the major components of the vehicle and can give you an informed decision for your purchase instead of a blind purchase without any knowledge of the condition of the car. The check can only give you an idea of the shape of the vehicle; it’s not a crystal ball as to whether it will break tomorrow or not, but it could identify a major problem before you lay down any money.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Is a 2010 750i a reliable vehicle? There is so much stuff on the internet. I can't get a straight answer.

With any car, the life expectancy of it depends largely on the maintenance schedule the owner has maintained, the driving conditions it is subjected to, the driving habits of the owner and many other factors. There are inherent maintenance issues...

Q: None of the inside lights work and the horn not working. Rear light failure light is on.

Hi there. If all of these issues happened at the same time I would start by checking the connection at the fuse box under the hood. The main battery terminals connection to the fuse box becomes loose and cause this....

Q: Having problems with my air conditioner putting out different temperatures from different vents

Hello. Typically when you experience only one side of the system doing this, it is because of a bad air door actuator motor. These are common failures on most cars. If I knew what kind of vehicle this was, I...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.