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We're about to buy a car in Florida with 50,000 miles on it. The little old lady it belonged to has passed away, and the brother in another town just wants to get rid of it for $500. He says it looks good. We haven't seen it yet, but we'll go there tomorrow. I know to check transmission fluid for darkness (a no no, right?) and make sure the oil level is OK. We'll drive it to a place that's open on Sundays, a Firestone, and they said they could check it out for $20. They won't check any more than probably what they'd check for free if you got an oil change (which we may have them do if the oil doesn't look fresh). We'll drive it back 300 miles if everything looks OK to drive it.
I've copied down a bunch of this forum's posts so that we'll be more informed as to what can go wrong with these puppies. Any other advice would be appreciated.
 

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Sight unseen and $500? 50,000 miles on the clock? Little old lady? All the makings for a great water cooler discussion in months to come. I'd be doing exactly what you're doing.

Other than the basic "what to look for's and check's...," if all else appears good, Go For It. Look at the upholstery. That tells a lot, as well. It would be a great first time car for a teen.

I'd also be watchful for any car trophies in the garage...indicating she only drove it on Sunday's...one quarter mile at a time. :grin:

Let us know how this works out! Good luck!
 
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