Should I buy this used 2000 Nissan Maxima?

I'm looking to buy my first car, I'm in college and need a car that's very cheap to own. I stopped by a mechanic/auto sales place asking for a car around $1000. The mechanic told me this Maxima is $1500 but he'll take $1100. I sat in the car and loved it right away. Btw the according to the mech it

I'm looking to buy my first car, I'm in college and need a car that's very cheap to own. I stopped by a mechanic/auto sales place asking for a car around $1000. The mechanic told me this Maxima is $1500 but he'll take $1100. I sat in the car and loved it right away. Btw the according to the mech it has 140k on it.

After doing some reaearch on 2000 Maxima's though I'm very worried about the reliability. The exterior is in fair shape. The car has some rust in the left wheal well, the front and rear bumpers are in fair condition, with the front bumpers having some very visible scratches. It doesn't look well maintained by previous owners. If any major repair where to come up I know I wouldn't be able to afford it.

So Maxima owners! Should I take the chance and buy this Maxima? Remember keep in mind I can't maintain an expensive car.

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Whoo?:
Used 2000 Nissan Maxima
John:
Nissans and Hondas are some of the more reliable cars on the market. I have a '92 Honda, and it still runs like new. Nissans are equaly reliable as long as you don't do something stupid (like crash or something). If no lights come up on the dashboard, the car doesn't have any error codes showing up, doesn't have any weird sounds and drives well on a test drive, you can be 90% sure it will serve you wellfor the next five or ten years. The only downside? It has no power and is not what we call a "fun and exciting" kind of car.
Gatsby216:
Buying a used car always carries risk, regardless of the make/model.
What you want to consider is the "platform", ie is this a good car to work with, like a Honda.
There a lot of used parts and any shop can work on this car.

The only thing I can say is to look for private sale car for around 2,000, maybe your opinion is that it is in better condition and has had better maintenance. Maybe a saturn or malibu, basic Ford?
I am guessing the mechanic has that car because someone dropped it off for a repair, and could not afford the repair so sold it for say junk price to the shop, or the repair was done and the owner could not pay so they signed over the car to the shop?

I would for make sure the title is clean and in the SHOP owner's name. And ask to see his ID to match everything up. If he says is selling for the owner, friend, a cousin, etc, you need to say no thanks and move on.
This true for ANY used car. You must see the title and the seller's ID and make sure they match, and always write up a bill of sale and have seller sign it.

Par:
Buying a cheap car from a dealer/mechanic/curbstoner is always a retarded idea. There's a reason why they sell it cheap when their goal always is to maximize their profit. Your best bet is to find a car on CL or ask around among friends and family
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