Car age, how old is too old?

Asked by Sep 15, 2017 at 05:43 PM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Hey all, looking at buying a used car but can't
decide age/km/cost. Older ones would obviously
need more work than the newer one but the newer
one would need to be part financed which I'm not
sure I want to get in to.
Option 1 is $6500 and 15 years old with
300,000km and broken cruise control/ tachometer

Option 2 is $9000 and 10 years old, 193,000km and
it's the newer model which has less problems and
a larger engine, would need part financing though.
There's also a few 15 year old ones in between for
$7000 at 200/220,000

11 Answers

Forgot to add the $9000 one comes with 12 month used car dealer warranty


Without a lot more information I could only WAG this one, but door #2 is probably the better choice.

I've never bought a car before, what kind of questions and info would I need to know? They don't offer much info on gumtree.


What kind of car is this??? Subaru??


Oh my! If it is a Subaru run, run away!

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Lexus rx330 and the $9000 is the rx350

Buying cars is tough haha. I've found a few 'craptivas' and jeeps. But I've heard they're both awful


Have a mechanic check the car out before buying. 120,000 miles on a Lexus is not that much IF it has been well taken care of. Ask yourself if you can pay off this car before it wears out!

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I'm assuming you are a young person, 16 to maybe 20 years old, and this will be your first vehicle. Forget about the Lexus. Also forget about any other high end vehicle. They're too expensive to buy and too expensive to fix! Especially older models! You want something you can pay cash for and have some money left over for repairs, if you need make any. Look for something around 10 years old with about 160,000 km on it that you can pay cash for. A Toyota, or Ford may be good. Do your homework. Check out and see what other consumers are saying about the vehicles you're interested in. Consumer Reports is another good website. Good luck with your shopping. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks for that advice Jim! You weren't too far off, I'm 21 and it'll be my second car, my first was bought for me and was a great car but no longer safe to drive, especially with a child in the car. I've been looking at suv/ wagon style cars but there's a surprising lack in my area for ones that aren't trashed like my first car.


Lexus is arguably the most well engineered production car in the world. Although, they have had problems with certain models. I know people who swear by the 1997 to 2001 Lexus ES 300 as one of the brightest stars in the Lexus line and by all accounts, these sedans seem timeless wonders....even today... I don't know about the models you're speaking of, but, I have a great deal of respect for Lexus.. Generally, cars older than 15 and definitely 20 years have some's just depends on your tolerance for dealing with them. So, good luck... I definitely don't agree that Subaru is a brand to stay away from... but, you just cannot compare the quality of Lexus to Subaru... Lexus definitely has an edge here. As far as paying off the car before it wears that important...NO.... remember that resale value is only important when you decide to, you can literally maintain a car and keep it running as long as it serves your needs...A good used car at any price point is less expensive in the long run than any new car... The ONLY reason to ever buying "NEW" is safety features and fuel efficiency....those two items can never easily be added on to any vintage car for a reasonable price. Good luck.

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