should i buy this car?
it's a 2005 toyota rav4. 66,000 miles (a little bit over the 12,000miles/year mark, but i think that's okay)
i took it for a test drive for about 10 minutes and it seemed fine. i'm a new driver and i felt very safe and comfortable. i like the fact that it's higher than a car, yet still easy to park.
they're asking $14,500, but will go down to $13,500. that price includes all new tires, an oil change, and new brakes.
thanks for your help :)
- Robert Zachary TLv 410 years agoFavorite Answer
In part the price depends where you are located.
In more rural areas, you may have to pay $1,500 to $4,000 more than in a metropolitan area for the same vehicle, as used Toyotas on non-metropolitan dealer lots disappear quickly, as Toyota's reputation for quality has become quite pervasive. By this standard, the 2005 Toyota RAV4 at $13,500 may be rather a steal, provided that it has been properly maintained.
The 66,000 miles is inconsequential (assuming proper maintainance and no abuse); Toyota vehicles are known for both reliability and durability.
The 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of the 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 is 3.88 over a 10-year data history. In other words, in a letter grade, the 4-cylinder RAV4's reliability earns an A, for infrequency of reported serious problems.
For comparison, here are overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:
Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Acura: 3.38 (a B)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Hyundai: 2.54 (a low B)
Mazda: 2.28 (a C)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D)
Dodge: 0.97 (a D).
If you are satisfied with the condition of the vehicle, I would pay the $13,500.Source(s): Experience http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2... http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2... http://www.autooninfo.net/SharesOfHighMileageVehic...
- GuyOnEarthLv 710 years ago
The important thing is whether you like it and are comfortable with it. Too many people end up buying a car that they are not happy with, either because they want to look cool, or are pressured into something that is really not what they want. The price seems OK.
- RRRLv 410 years ago
$13,500 would be for a standard RAV4 in "Excellent" condition. I would try to talk them down to $12,500, due to the mileage.Source(s): Kelly Blue Book http://www.kbb.com/kbb/UsedCars/PricingReport.aspx...
- HugeLv 710 years ago
Seems okay but check that it has a complete service history by Toyota approved garages if not be aware that it may not have been maintained correctly.
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- MandalorianLv 710 years ago
That is a great choice! Talk them down a little more 12,500-13000 for high millage and be sure to have a mechanic check it out.
- STEWIELv 710 years ago
No, that's a terrible price.
Look for yourself:
- 10 years ago
prior to paying please have everything in writing.
prior to paying please have the promise completed...tires, oil change (?filter?) and new brakes.
I assume all 4 wheels for brakes.
the rav4 is a good choice and with good maintenance should last well beyond 100,000 miles.Source(s): pro
- 10 years ago
eh, its okay.