Looking for a used car -- any advice?

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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:39 pm

    SeawaySensFan wrote:
    Cap'n Clutch wrote:If you live in the East end I highly recommend checking out Labreche Garage just past Rockland on Ramage road. I trust them and their rates are reasonable. They also don't just blindly look at the allowable hourly charge for service. In other words if it takes them 1 hour to change a bearing they don't charge you 2 because the book says they're allowed to charge that much.

    That's big. I worked in a garage and I couldn't believe some of the hours assigned to certain jobs in the Flat Rate Book.

    I love telling stories about this garage. So here are a couple.

    1 - I had a bearing going and couldn't arrange an appointment soon enough with Labreche so I called a few places and they all said it would be 2 hours labour at 70 plus dollars an hour plus parts. I decided to chance it and the bearing siezed out at Carling and Parkdale. I got Labreche to come all the way out and tow it to their garage past Rockland. That plus the added effort required due to the siezed bearing was still cheaper than if I had gone elsewhere.

    2 - I had an old Ford Escort that ended up stalling when I didn't have the gas on. Imagine driving a manual transmission without lifting your foot off the gas in the city. Anyway, I called Labreche and he told me it had to be the Idling cellinoid (sp) and told me where to find it and that it wouldn't even require tools. I had to go to the dealership to buy the part and thought maybe the service guys would do me a favour and just pop it in since it would only take 5 minutes of their time. The service guys insisted that the car would have to be looked at to determine for sure what was wrong first which would have been one hour labour. I just did it in the parking lot myself and it only took me 10 minutes of fumbling around and looking for the part.

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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:44 pm


    There you go Prages. Problem solved.

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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by wprager on Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:04 pm


    I *knew* I should have posted a disclaimer in SensGirl's thread. Her car is a stick shift and I need an automatic since it's for my wife's daily commute.
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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by wprager on Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:10 pm

    Cap'n Clutch wrote:

    There you go Prages. Problem solved.

    Yeah, wish it was that easy. I'm starting back to work on Monday and there's a good chance that she'll have to drive the minivan until we either find a car or wait until her dad's lease expires. Too bad the summer is over or I could ride the bike.


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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by jawal on Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:38 pm

    I have been buying used cars from dealers without any problems. I bought used Toyotas in Ottawa from Mendes and also BelAir. Both times the car was a year old, less than 20KM and the price was 25-30% lower than the new model.

    No problems with either. I have had the first about 10 years and the second about 2 years.

    A good time is late summer or early fall about the time of the new model year.
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    Re: Looking for a used car -- any advice?

    Post by M_Christopher on Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:40 pm

    I'm not sure if anyone recommended it, but the Rideau auction is a great place to get a good vehicle for cheap.

    http://www.rideauauctions.com/

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