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eLiTeViEtBoI
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eLiTeViEtBoI Mar 7, 6:17pm - #118415 

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What should I ask when buying a used 2000 Celica?

I'm going to buy a used '00 Celica GTS 6-speed manual, but I'm not sure about what questions to ask about it. Can anyone help?

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Evan Mar 7, 6:19pm - #118416 

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How many owners. Ask to see the car's carfax history report http://www.carfax.com/

If it's from a dealer, ask about any warranty. Take it to your own independent mechanic and have him look it over to check for any mechanical problems. It might cost you $20-$50, but it could save you TONS of money in the long run.

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element_celica Mar 7, 8:53pm - #118417 

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whats the mileage?

have there been any previous engine or body work done?

were there any electrical damage or electrical problems?

if there were problems with the car, was it taken care of right away and what caused it?

was the car covered under warranty by a toyota dealer and was serviced, or was it taken care of by another local shop?

what aftermarket parts are on the vehicle?

does the a/c work good?cold?

do they have any maintenance proof?

how often was the oil changed? what intervals? 3k miles?

how often was the coolant flushed and re-filled?

was the car in ever involved in an accident?

how many miles are on the tires? do they still have a lot of tread life?

what was their driving style? fast? racer? granny driver?

etc etc etc and make sure you do a good inspection on the car. good luck

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Evan Mar 7, 9:05pm - #118418 

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Was the owner a smoker (important if you're not one)?

Do they have documentation for the regularly scheduled services?

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Steven Mar 7, 9:19pm - #118419 
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you should be able to tell if it was smoked in... haha

Originally Posted by Evan
Was the owner a smoker (important if you're not one)?
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CelicasROCK Mar 7, 9:34pm - #118420 
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what about the lift bolts. aren't they known to break? wasn't there something else with the '00's that go bad?
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IcEd blUe
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IcEd blUe Mar 7, 9:38pm - #118421 

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yes make them replace the lift bolts

if you havent already..

hit lift in it and make sure it works
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Rexy13 Mar 7, 10:14pm - #118422 
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find out how much there willing to drop the price with a trade (even if your not trading a vehicle) and how much they drop if you pay cash up front.
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Speed4TheNeed Mar 7, 10:19pm - #118423 

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Originally Posted by CelicasROCK
what about the lift bolts. aren't they known to break? wasn't there something else with the '00's that go bad?


they are known to break in some cases..but it's really not that common. as iced said..just give it a test drive (which should be a very important factor when determing to buy a car)
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OOSilver_S Mar 7, 10:40pm - #118424 

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Originally Posted by IcEd blUe
yes make them replace the lift bolts

if you havent already..

hit lift in it and make sure it works


Make sure its completely warmed up before going into lift to accurately see if it works alright
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Speed4TheNeed Mar 7, 10:42pm - #118425 

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Originally Posted by OOSilver_S
Originally Posted by IcEd blUe
yes make them replace the lift bolts

if you havent already..

hit lift in it and make sure it works


Make sure its completely warmed up before going into lift to accurately see if it works alright


well...if your not warmed up then you can't hit lift..period. (fuel cutoff).

but you are right, make sure the car is warmed up.
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kevin2 Mar 7, 11:29pm - #118426 
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make sure there is not body damage such as dents! walk around the car and look closely thumbsupYou'll thank me for this later thumbsup

lose graciously and win humbly
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Speed4TheNeed Mar 7, 11:38pm - #118427 

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noobs... thumbsup
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