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Old 12-07-2009, 02:51 AM   #1
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Help buying used Mazda 3 Sport

I'm in the market for an used MZ3 and the last few days I've seen some at used car dealerships that caught my eye.

I know the concern about the flaw on the passenger side door and all so that issue isn't something new.

Car A

Anyways, so one of the MZ3 that I saw was at the automall, it was a 2006 GS model bit over 40,000 km and the asking price was bout $15,000. There was an ICBC claim on it for under $800. The dealer claim it was probably a scratch or something.

Thing that bugged me was the dealer couldn't provide me with the car inspection report. Also there was signs of rust on the wheel axles (not the rims). I dunno how common it is on a car like that but it was one of the first things I noticed. Also the fact there was a claim on the car and they couldn't show me the report on the car even though they were willing to provide me the Silver whatever Richmond Automall is willing to provide.

Car B

The second car I also saw at a Mazda dealership in Burnaby. It was also an 06, bout 60,000 km and the asking price for this one was $18,000. It a GT model and I really liked it cept the price was too high even when we bargained.

Car C

This car I saw at a Honda dealership. It was a GT model fully loaded with leather heated seats, etc. This was the car I really liked, except a few things that caught my eye. It was an 06 model with 100,000 + KM. The seats were also a little wore at certain areas, probably cuz there was a car seat in the back or something.

Car D

the last car worth noting was a 07 GS model fully loaded model. This car had bout 40,000 km on it. It had more extra features than any of the GTs I saw, the car was in near mint condition. Problem was the asking price was way out of my budget. They were asking for $20,000.

So I'm at a lost for what to do. Car A and C are within my budget of $18,000 (including taxes and all).

Except I dunno how serious of an issue the rust on Car A is and the previous claim it had on the car.

And the mileage on Car C also concerns me

Car B and D are out of my budget, but a friend I ran into that works at the dealership where I saw car D said the price might go down since it's been sitting on the lot for a few months.

Any feedbacks would be appricated
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:23 AM   #2
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:04 AM   #3
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At those prices, I would get a brand new Mazda 3 instead. Especially when you get new ones at 0% financing.

That is what I told my sister to do when she bought hers last year. She was looking at used ones, but ended up getting a new one for only 1k more.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:26 AM   #4
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neither lol

buy my friends 07 black on black 2.3L fully loaded GT model i believe


about 40,000km


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my thoughts exactly, they may be in the same price but..


its like one is looking for a civic, and his friend tells him to buy a accord

some ppl dont want bigger vehicles, harder to park, uses more gas
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I like year car but it is at least $3000 more than what I'd like to spend right now for a mz3 that's used.
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anyways, how much should be a reasonable price to pay for either an 06 or 07 mazda 3?

would expecting to only pay bout $17,000 be reasonable?
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I am a car dealer and just sold my girlfriend an 07 GT without leather (has heated seats, sunroof, sport pkg with 17" wheels), 43k, auto, white for $16,000. I am confident I could source another one for this price or close to it, so if you are paying more than around $16k for an 07 you are paying too much, and definitely too much for an 06.

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