buying a used Camry

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:11 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to get a second Camry for the wife. Maybe something from the
years 1998-2002, with < 100k miles.

Besides having a mechanic inspect the car beforehand, and checking the
VIN for accident history/flood damage, what should one keep in mind
when buying a used Camry?

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:25 pm   #2 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
> Looking to get a second Camry for the wife. Maybe something from the
> years 1998-2002, with < 100k miles.
>
> Besides having a mechanic inspect the car beforehand, and checking the
> VIN for accident history/flood damage, what should one keep in mind
> when buying a used Camry?
>
> Thanks
>



That is about all that you can do, just make sure the mechanic is competent.

Carfax is not foolproof, but I have found it to be helpful in avoiding a
waste of time with test drives of wrecked and salvaged cars, if nothing
else.

The Camry is a great car. The only downside to the buyer is that they
hold their value well, but there is a reason for that.

Pat
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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:26 pm   #3 (permalink)
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A sore subject around here, but SOME people are a bit leery about some
of that period regarding an engine sludge problem.

I really know little about the issue, have not researched it at all,
and don't know if it is a true concern or not. But, since I have seen
the issue raised here, you might want to find a reputable source and
research it further and see if there is any reason for concern.

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
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timb...@mailcity.com wrote:
> A sore subject around here, but SOME people are a bit leery about some
> of that period regarding an engine sludge problem.
>
> I really know little about the issue, have not researched it at all,
> and don't know if it is a true concern or not. But, since I have seen
> the issue raised here, you might want to find a reputable source and
> research it further and see if there is any reason for concern.



That reminds me... any major recall notices for Camrys, 1998-2002?

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:31 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Check on the NTSB Web site.

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:47 pm   #6 (permalink)
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timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> Check on the NTSB Web site.


Opps my bad. Had the wrong agency

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 12:51 pm   #7 (permalink)
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timb...@mailcity.com wrote:
> timbirr@mailcity.com wrote:
> > Check on the NTSB Web site.

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> Opps my bad. Had the wrong agency
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> http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/


Thanks a bunch!

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Old 27 Jan 2006, 02:47 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On 27 Jan 2006 10:11:18 -0800, onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:

>Looking to get a second Camry for the wife. Maybe something from the
>years 1998-2002, with < 100k miles.
>
>Besides having a mechanic inspect the car beforehand, and checking the
>VIN for accident history/flood damage, what should one keep in mind
>when buying a used Camry?
>
>Thanks

As has been noted, pay attention to the oil change history. Also pay
attention to the cooling system service history. This is often
neglected and is often a contributing factor to head gasket failure.
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Old 28 Jan 2006, 09:02 am   #9 (permalink)
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These were the questions I used:

"I'm calling about your car for sale"

Are you the Owner of the car? (deal direct with Owner only)

Why are you selling

Are you the original owner

Does it have a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine

What color is it

Does it have a sunroof (moonroof)

What is the mileage

What kind of condition is the paint

How about the interior

Tell me about the maintenance. Have you replaced:

Timing Belt - when, where (by whom), receipt?
Struts
A/C
oil changes - how do you keep track of mileage for oil changes
transmission oil/ filter change

Are service records available? (showing accurate odometer readings)

Smog Certificate, Pink Slip

Has this car ever been in an accident

Private residence required: i.e., always meet only at their home.

Mechanic check:

C.V. Boots
struts
frame damage
oil leaks
brakes
radiator
Air Conditioning
(check power window operation) (antenna) (lights)

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Old 29 Jan 2006, 08:20 pm   #10 (permalink)
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This is the first thing that came to mind for me too. Our Camry will
probably last forever because I follow the recommended oil change
schedule AND use synthetic oil.

To potentially save yourself the mechanics fees, pull out the dipstick
and see if there are any deposits on it (as well as noting the
condition of the oil). If the oil is thin as water and black it would
indicate to me poor maintenance, and I'd thank him for his time and
move on.

Also, insist on at least two keys if it has a transponder. If he
doesn't have two insist he have another made before you buy it.
Without two keys to program them yourself, it's very expensive to have
another made by the dealer.

Good luck! Camrys are a good choice!

Joseph

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