Hello again, gentlemen!
I'm looking for a used car. I'm 41, with a wife and 10-year old son, and we need a second family car. Our other car is a 2000 Ford Taurus, which we're really happy with. I'm pretty conservative, so I really don't care what the style is, as long as it's Reliable and has fairly low (40k or so) mileage. I've been to some sites like cars.com and Kelly Blue Book, but I'd like to hear what you good people have to say.
I'm looking to spend anywhere from 6k to 10k, but 10k would be tippy-top. 8k would be much better.
I'd like it to be no older than a 2000 (a 2002 would be nice) with no more than 50,000 miles. Cars I'm considering are the Ford Taurus, Ford Focus, Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Stratus, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Impala, Saturn L1, Toyota Camry, Mazda 626, Buick Century, Buick LeSabre, Crysler Concorde, Oldsmobile Intrigue, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord, among others. The last two are probably too expensive, I don't know. I also joked to my wife about getting a VW New Beetle (Slug Bug!), but I think that's a bit too tiny.
I'd love to get a mini-SUV like the Ford Escape or Chevy Tracker, but I think those are out of my $ range.
Do any of you have good/bad experiences with any of these cars, or any advice about them?
I'm also open to advice on how to deal with used car salesmen.
Thanks for any help you can give me!