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post #1 of 10 Old 08-12-2017, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Guide to buying a Versa?

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I'm new to the forum and new to Versas. My son has one and says it's great so I'm looking at buying one. I was wondering if there is a guide anywhere on the forum about what to look for in a Versa/common problems (are there any?) to look out for..

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As long as you realize....the Versa is a very inexpensive (cheap) car, for what it is, it is adequate. We chose a Versa S as it's life will be spent behind an RV on a dolly, don't need a Lexus for that.
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The rental car companies use a lot of them. They keep them for 20, 000 to about 30,000 miles and sell them fairly cheap with an additional warranty to the factory one.
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I'll second Alan_nc on buying a used rental Versa. I bought my '15 from Hertz and am glad I did. The car's been bulletproof from day one. I would advise, if you shop in that direction, get the lowest mileage you can. And it pays to be picky! Get the best one you can find. Odds are good that you'll pay less than you would for a new plain-Jane S model, and get much more car for the money.
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Here in Canada I was amazed as to how many used Versa Notes were being sold on AutoTrader.ca with many of them being former rentals.

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My 16 Note SV was an Avis car. 22,000 when I bought it.

You get to drive it for 3 days free. They delivered it to a site about 4 miles from my house (I looked at Hertz, but you have to go to their sales lot to look at or pick up a car....over 50 miles for me.) You can take it to a mech., try it on rough roads, hills, freeway. I had 6 to choose from and took the one with the lowest mileage. They say it's a fixed price but I took pictures of several minor problems + plus tire tread depth.....asked for $1,000 off the price and got $500 off.

I have put 9,000 miles on it in the past 6 months and so far have just changed the oil. I have not changed the tires but will need to do that fairly soon.

I really do like the car but as said above ...it is a cheap car and is built to the price.
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If you are buying NEW in the US and a BASE model I would use those services like trucar and any program your bank may have. My credit union had one. ANother guy says to check dealer inventory and target one with a lot of models of the car you want. They will be more likely to deal to sell it vs having only 1 in stock. Sedans are difficult to move now and are cheaper than the hatchback.

Make sure to shop around and do not be afraid to walk. See what the dealer offers on top of the price. Do they offer free lifetime oil changes, 2 years or none at all?

Then there is carvana, carmax and the rental car companies.

If you are in VA, looking for a 2016 sedan S with a little over 8 thousand miles, tinted windows, upgraded speakers, sub woofer, fog lamps, etc Ill let mines go for 10 grand.
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do not be afraid to walk
This! All day long right there is KEY to getting what you need. I gave the sales guy all my parameters that needed to be met in order to close the deal and he couldn't do it until 30 minutes after I left LOL
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Yeah, I used all of the above. Trucar had everyone calling me. Being an AAA and AARP member they werent as helpful. THe credit union had a rep from 4 time zones away advise me 5 pm and despite their deals including the dealer fees, the dealer tacked them on top of the prices.

Basically I narrowed to 3 dealers and told them I know its a business, I use to work for a bank now Im a cost accountant. What is the bottom line? What fees am I going to pay regardless of the car I pick? One told me 2300. A guy pushing used cars said he wont sell me anything under 19 grand due to the commission he wants to earn. A third told me 1700 in fees.

I actually went with the second lowest as they offered free oil and filter changes for life, state inspections and if you follow their program they warranty the drivetrain. Ive gotton free inspections for other cars Ive owned, so I cant complain. This car needs its oil and filter changed every 3750 miles, so free lifetime oil changes add up fast were my honda only needed one a year or 10 thousand miles.
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i'd buy new if you can you can get the s in manual for 9,999 in some dealerships, even price match. hertz will sell them for about 7-9 comparible maybe a year or 2 older, sometimes more if it has a bit more features, but it's brand spanking new for a couple more g's...
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