Buying used....waiting for the one - Chevy Impala Forums
Chevy Impala 9th Gen Discussion Epsilon II 2014+. Discuss all Chevy Impala 9th Generation Performance and Technical Discussion here.

User Tag List

 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
wiz-car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Detroit Mich
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Buying used....waiting for the one

Hi,
I'm back again posting. I've been watching the local car listings on and off the last few weeks.

Needing a reality check or some guidance on looking for a used Impala. I made a post a few weeks back about a Impala I really liked and it seemed the consensus is to hold out for a V6 vs the 4 cylinder engine. I'm still fighting that urge because the 4cyl model seems less expensive and was alright for tooling around in city driving on my test drive. Anyhow.....

I'm eyeing a 2016 right now with 61k miles. I really had my mind set that I wanted a car with low miles so I could "care" for it as it "got older" This car comes with a extended warranty though. I called the dealer and the power-train warranty goes to May 2021. I feel like getting a slightly lower mileage car would be better though.

Any suggestions or guidelines on buying? At first I was set on under 50k miles and less than 5 years old so I got the standard factory warranty but the certified ones look nice but still plenty of $$$. I'm hoping to get something for under $16k but not sure if i need to adjust my sights after looking for the last few weeks (i'm primarily seeing rental cars or cars that have been in accidents). I know I'll be keeping this car for years 5-10 so I want something that takes me thru those years and up those miles.
wiz-car is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
RobHazmat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 80
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiz-car View Post
Hi,
I'm back again posting. I've been watching the local car listings on and off the last few weeks.

Needing a reality check or some guidance on looking for a used Impala. I made a post a few weeks back about a Impala I really liked and it seemed the consensus is to hold out for a V6 vs the 4 cylinder engine. I'm still fighting that urge because the 4cyl model seems less expensive and was alright for tooling around in city driving on my test drive. Anyhow.....

I'm eyeing a 2016 right now with 61k miles. I really had my mind set that I wanted a car with low miles so I could "care" for it as it "got older" [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/ImpalaForums_toucan/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/IMG] This car comes with a extended warranty though. I called the dealer and the power-train warranty goes to May 2021. I feel like getting a slightly lower mileage car would be better though.

Any suggestions or guidelines on buying? At first I was set on under 50k miles and less than 5 years old so I got the standard factory warranty but the certified ones look nice but still plenty of $$$. I'm hoping to get something for under $16k but not sure if i need to adjust my sights after looking for the last few weeks (i'm primarily seeing rental cars or cars that have been in accidents). I know I'll be keeping this car for years 5-10 so I want something that takes me thru those years and up those miles.
What state are you in and what are your must haves on the car?
RobHazmat is offline  
post #3 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
wiz-car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Detroit Mich
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good morning.
I'm located in Southeast Michigan near Detroit.
I'd say the one big thing for me is leg room and this car has it....that and the telescopic steering wheel.

So the items i'd like to have seem to be pretty standard now a days but here is the few remainders
-Paint color: Prefer Grey/Silver exterior but anything but red or white would do.
-Stereo that has Bluetooth for Android music playback (The Impala's I drove did not do this but I drove a 2016 Chevy Equinox recently
that it worked in)
-Ride quality ( prefer smaller rims, 18 standard I believe)
-Seats (Power seats, this seems standard)
-Remote start (Nice but not required)
-Tinted windows (Nice but not required)
wiz-car is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
RobHazmat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 80
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiz-car View Post
Good morning.
I'm located in Southeast Michigan near Detroit.
I'd say the one big thing for me is leg room and this car has it....that and the telescopic steering wheel.

So the items i'd like to have seem to be pretty standard now a days but here is the few remainders
-Paint color: Prefer Grey/Silver exterior but anything but red or white would do.
-Stereo that has Bluetooth for Android music playback (The Impala's I drove did not do this but I drove a 2016 Chevy Equinox recently
that it worked in)
-Ride quality ( prefer smaller rims, 18 standard I believe)
-Seats (Power seats, this seems standard)
-Remote start (Nice but not required)
-Tinted windows (Nice but not required)
Do not buy anything in the Detroit area. Look outside towards Fenton or Howell. Detroit is full of scammers. What is your budget?
RobHazmat is offline  
post #5 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
sidemouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Are you paying cash?

If so you can find deals from private individuals, usually and generally speaking I find most used car dealers aren't the kind I would want to buy from... So unless you know a dealer who has a good reputation, most of them just buy low, pay someone a few hundred to detail it real good and then want to sell it to the next guy for several thousand in mark-up... I don't have a problem with folks wanting to make a profit but if I'm paying they should be earning their keep. These guys, they don't go over everything like they should, many of them will turn off the CEL with a scan tool and it will stay off just long enough. Even more won't even bother to fix the simple stuff that they could've fixed if only they were willing to spend an afternoon with the car, heck they might actually learn a thing or two about the product they're selling because many don't even know the difference between a crankshaft and how many cylinders are under the hood. It gets worse, just as many will overlook really serious problems that could cause the new buyer a wreck going down the road.

To these guys it's all about the almighty dollar, they act like they care but in truth they could give a rat so long the car holds up long enough to squeak past the legal points. That's been my experience time and again, everyone and their brother gets a car lot and they think with a license it's just quick buck to be made, buyer beware, their warranties are usually worthless or you're paying for it another way...
Very wild west with these used car dealers.

I try and remember a few things when car shopping:
1. It is an important decision, one of life's major ones, one we only get to make so many times in life.
2. Cash is King, cash means choices, if I have to finance I am giving dealers the upper hand and I can't finance a car from a private party so that cuts me out of a lot of inventory.
3. There are more cars for sale than there are buyers, a lot more, a whole lot more and most are overpriced.

Yes, if I'm buying an Impala I would insist on the 3.5L V6.
No, I wouldn't "settle" for a 4 cylinder, no way, once again cash is king, either I can afford it or I can't.

One more problem with financing, the costs never end, for starters you'll need full coverage insurance.
What if you lose your job, if you pay cash for the car it's all yours and they can't take it away.

I am thinking, consider something under 100,000 miles from 2005 on up, be willing to travel up to 100 miles away.
That will widen your circles.

/rant
kbz1960 likes this.
sidemouse is offline  
post #6 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
VladThe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Garage
I have the 16 Limited that is basically the body from the 8th (second to last) generation. The 16 you describe sounds like the 9th (and final) generation. If you want leg room and telescoping steering, I would definitely go with the 2014-19 9th generation models. My car was worth it for the $ savings, but if I had had an extra 4-5 grand to spend, I would have loved to have the slight increase in leg room and the telescoping steering wheel.
With a private sale, you don't get the same warranties, so it depends on how risk averse you are. I am not even close to mechanically inclined and am very risk averse, so getting the certified warranty was an absolute for me.

Adding a singature only because I am tired of being shown my incomplete account setup.
VladThe is offline  
post #7 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
wiz-car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Detroit Mich
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks guys.
I've been looking at a wider search area lately after you've all mentioned it in my last post. I too don't trust a lot of these used car dealers. I avoid the smaller used car lots all together. I only consider cars on Chevy lots mostly.

My budget is about set at an out the door price for the car and taxes at $16.5
I'll be paying about $10 cash.

Your right its an important decision...I'll have to live with it for awhile as I keep cars for a long time. As far as up to 100k miles never wanted to go that high but maybe I do need to reconsider....I was hoping to be in the new generation 2015 or later....although I could start considering the 2015-2016 limited also. I didn't realize the limited style didn't have telescopic steering wheels...figured that was standard. I just checked the cars.com for the limited cars and saw a few but nothing that caught my eye at the moment...i'll keep an eye out though thanks.

On private sales I'm a bit afraid of them. Unless its someone I know I'd be afraid without any warranty if I had to go back to someone. Maybe I shouldn't be though.
wiz-car is offline  
post #8 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
ChevyGuru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiz-car View Post
Thanks guys.
I've been looking at a wider search area lately after you've all mentioned it in my last post. I too don't trust a lot of these used car dealers. I avoid the smaller used car lots all together. I only consider cars on Chevy lots mostly.

My budget is about set at an out the door price for the car and taxes at $16.5
I'll be paying about $10 cash.

Your right its an important decision...I'll have to live with it for awhile as I keep cars for a long time. As far as up to 100k miles never wanted to go that high but maybe I do need to reconsider....I was hoping to be in the new generation 2015 or later....although I could start considering the 2015-2016 limited also. I didn't realize the limited style didn't have telescopic steering wheels...figured that was standard. I just checked the cars.com for the limited cars and saw a few but nothing that caught my eye at the moment...i'll keep an eye out though thanks.

On private sales I'm a bit afraid of them. Unless its someone I know I'd be afraid without any warranty if I had to go back to someone. Maybe I shouldn't be though.
How many miles are you looking for? I like to search for cars so I can probably find something you're interested in in your budget.
ChevyGuru is offline  
post #9 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
ChevyGuru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiz-car View Post
Thanks guys.
I've been looking at a wider search area lately after you've all mentioned it in my last post. I too don't trust a lot of these used car dealers. I avoid the smaller used car lots all together. I only consider cars on Chevy lots mostly.

My budget is about set at an out the door price for the car and taxes at $16.5
I'll be paying about $10 cash.

Your right its an important decision...I'll have to live with it for awhile as I keep cars for a long time. As far as up to 100k miles never wanted to go that high but maybe I do need to reconsider....I was hoping to be in the new generation 2015 or later....although I could start considering the 2015-2016 limited also. I didn't realize the limited style didn't have telescopic steering wheels...figured that was standard. I just checked the cars.com for the limited cars and saw a few but nothing that caught my eye at the moment...i'll keep an eye out though thanks.

On private sales I'm a bit afraid of them. Unless its someone I know I'd be afraid without any warranty if I had to go back to someone. Maybe I shouldn't be though.
What do you think of this. Plenty of factory warranty left as well.

https://www.grandvillechryslerjeepdo...9216581108.htm
ChevyGuru is offline  
post #10 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
ChevyGuru's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
https://m.facebook.com/marketplace/i...20Impala%202lt

Looks like a good deal here as well. Under 40k miles and has the Carfax ready. Worth a look.
ChevyGuru is offline  
post #11 of (permalink) Old 1 Week Ago
Member
 
sidemouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiz-car View Post
Thanks guys.
I've been looking at a wider search area lately after you've all mentioned it in my last post. I too don't trust a lot of these used car dealers. I avoid the smaller used car lots all together. I only consider cars on Chevy lots mostly.

My budget is about set at an out the door price for the car and taxes at $16.5
I'll be paying about $10 cash.

Your right its an important decision...I'll have to live with it for awhile as I keep cars for a long time. As far as up to 100k miles never wanted to go that high but maybe I do need to reconsider....I was hoping to be in the new generation 2015 or later....although I could start considering the 2015-2016 limited also. I didn't realize the limited style didn't have telescopic steering wheels...figured that was standard. I just checked the cars.com for the limited cars and saw a few but nothing that caught my eye at the moment...i'll keep an eye out though thanks.

On private sales I'm a bit afraid of them. Unless its someone I know I'd be afraid without any warranty if I had to go back to someone. Maybe I shouldn't be though.
It does help to know how to work on them, if I may suggest in the future start doing some of your own maintenance... What that does (other than the obvious) is you'll become mechanically familiar with cars and of course you save money but you'll eventually know a thing or two about cars and then you can start looking deeper into these cars for sale. Knowing a thing or two never hurts, like you might recognize a sound the engine makes for example just because you've worked on cars and you know these things.

You may take into consideration as well, the balance between miles, where it was stored and age... I appreciate your setting limits as that is good because it narrows the choices, now consider for example ... A garage kept 2010 model with low miles (say ~50k) might be just as good a deal as a 2015 with the same amount of miles that's sat outside all the years.

As for being nervous with private deals, again cash is king but what I look for is 1-2 owners... Especially with the models you're looking into I probably wouldn't even consider a 2 owner car (meaning I'd be the 3rd) when it's a 2015 or so I better be the 2nd owner and done. Finding that cream puff takes time, especially if money is an issue... If money weren't an issue then you can just run to the next dealership and sign on the dotted line and off you go, but generally speaking it takes me around 6 months of looking...

I literally "save" searches in my favorites, because I use websites to search for cars and set my limits in the parameters, once I have the search I want then I save it to my favorites... Accumulate several of those and then every day I look through those searches one by one, page after page. Spend a little time looking, chances are from day to day the same cars pop up but every once in a bit you'll see something new, also it's possible over time someone lowers the price on one you have your eyes on, as well you allow yourself to become "seasoned" into the process, hope all this makes sense.

The whole thing is an experience.
Don't be afraid to use Kelly Blue Book to compare the prices too.
I like to see that they're near the Blue Book value and if they're not I want to know why (and it could be over OR under).
sidemouse is offline  
post #12 of (permalink) Old 6 Days Ago
Senior Member
 
USN24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 121
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Thanks: 56
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Garage
One thing I did not see mentioned by any of the other commenters, no offense to anyone, but be willing to walk away. Do not get so attached to a car to allow the seller to take advantage of you. Most car dealers will try to lure you into extras or warranties. Don't be afraid to have your own demands. They do this, this and this or no deal. I even had one try to up the price and then not want to honor their own advertised $250 off any car in the inventory. As soon as you tell them no thanks and get up to walk away they will usually start offering deals.

It is almost like playing a game. Took me over 7 months to find the exact car I wanted then get the deal I was comfortable with. I knew what I wanted, I did a vast amount of research so I knew more about the car than they did which makes it more difficult for them to try and get anything over on you.

Good luck!!!



Anything worth doing is worth doing right!

Ed
USN24 is offline  
post #13 of (permalink) Old 6 Days Ago Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
wiz-car's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Detroit Mich
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi
@sidemouse: Yeah I'm mechanically inclined so when I've been checking out the cars i'm looking closley. My current and last car I did all the maintence / major repairs besides welding. True on the 1 owner cars with the mileage i'm looking for. I took your advice and created a bookmark to search and check for local cars

@ChevyGuru: Thank you so much for offering to look.
I checked out the 2015 model online. Your right the miles are good and I like the engine. I'm looking for something about that age or newer and 50k miles roughly. Something that I didn't like was that it said it had an accident on the history report. That and that the car is far away (I'm near Detroit) I want to pass on that one. I checked out the other facebook marketplace car but it says the listing has sold or been removed Let me know if you see any others. I'm watching car.com and Chevy Certified listings.

@USN24
True on walking away. I know my excitement will get me intro trouble so its good to hear that it took you some time to find what you wanted. Makes me hold out.
wiz-car is offline  
post #14 of (permalink) Old 6 Days Ago
Senior Member
 
sheila's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,576
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Thanks: 311
Thanked 299 Times in 235 Posts
May also try cargurus and autotraders.
sheila is offline  
post #15 of (permalink) Old 6 Days Ago
Senior Member
 
luckydriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: SE PA
Posts: 857
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Thanks: 5
Thanked 24 Times in 22 Posts
the problem with knowing how to work on cars is times change. years ago i had a friend teach me how to do brakes as on my SS i was going thru a lot. i'm ok with water pumps on it, radiator. oil changes etc. but on the new car, just changing the plugs i had to pay someone cause didnt wanna have to take off the intake and i wasnt comfortable with it. so you may know how to do something on an old car but on the new it may be much more difficult

also i admit i dont think id ever try the water pump on this car. the normally mounted engines were ez to work on. this doesnt look fun. i couldnt even change the drivers side coolant hoses even with the right kit i got for the clamps. just a royal PITA. too tight in these cars for me.

i havent priced impalas near me in about a year but they were all dirt cheap compared to the almost 40 list mine was

2 RSA for sale. 7/32 good tread. berks county PA

166K on 2014 Blue Ray Metallic 2LTZ with 19s and nav. sadly new trans at 140K. Used to own 1995 DCM SS with only 260K!
luckydriver is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Impala Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome