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Old 02-07-2015, 09:52 AM
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Default Whats the very best US location to buy a used car ?

Based on climate and driving conditions like hills and traffic.

The dessert is nice no rust but is running in 100+ temps alot bad ?

Is it worth the travel money to do this ?

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Old 02-07-2015, 10:09 AM
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If it's rust you're worried about, US brand or Japanese brand? I had rust problems in less than 5 years with '95 and '04 Chevy trucks, but the '97 Camry in our family is just starting to show its first rust this winter.

Thing I'd worry about with cars from the SW is sun damage to the exposed plastic parts and interior.
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
If it's rust you're worried about, US brand or Japanese brand? I had rust problems in less than 5 years with '95 and '04 Chevy trucks, but the '97 Camry in our family is just starting to show its first rust this winter.

Thing I'd worry about with cars from the SW is sun damage to the exposed plastic parts and interior.
I disagree and believe GM uses more corrosion resistant processes in their products than most OEM's.

I work live and drive in climate which requires road salt during winter months and plenty of it as a rule.

I had an S-10 86' which eventually rusted out 15 years later. Inside the bed there were scars from metal tree stands and years of abuse from bikes and other cargo and the bed was rust free.

My 99 Yukon vehicle that is used in the winter while my Mustang is garaged has one little spot of rust on the weld flange bottom of rear door.

Have had good luck with sheet metal and exterior body parts on GM's.
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I disagree and believe GM uses more corrosion resistant processes in their products than most OEM's.

I work live and drive in climate which requires road salt during winter months and plenty of it as a rule.

I had an S-10 86' which eventually rusted out 15 years later. Inside the bed there were scars from metal tree stands and years of abuse from bikes and other cargo and the bed was rust free.

My 99 Yukon vehicle that is used in the winter while my Mustang is garaged has one little spot of rust on the weld flange bottom of rear door.

Have had good luck with sheet metal and exterior body parts on GM's.
I know we've disagreed on the quality of Detroit iron in the past, but I had all the door bottoms rust out on my '04 Suburban in 4 years and there's no disagreeing with that. Yes, it was all repaired under the corrosion warranty, but it never should have happened in the first place. My other GM's- '83, '85, '95- all rusted in less than 5 years. Yet, the Toyota we've driven for 18 years has just started to show rust. I believe in what I see.
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I'd avoid buying any car from northern states that salt the roads in winter. Also beach towns where salt air blows in from the ocean.

Heat does take its toll on cars in southern and southwestern states, but often these are garaged. I don't think the heat is nearly as big a deal as salt. A coat of paint is easier than dealing with rotted sheet metal.

Probably best is southern to mid- west coast.
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Probably best is southern to mid- west coast.[/QUOTE]

Spot on. I live on the Central Coast. I have a 97 Tacoma that still looks like it came out of the show room. Same with my 2010 Tacoma. This is perfect climate for many things, vehicles included..
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Northern Ca. just south of the SF area, moderate temps and mostly dry.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
I know we've disagreed on the quality of Detroit iron in the past, but I had all the door bottoms rust out on my '04 Suburban in 4 years and there's no disagreeing with that. Yes, it was all repaired under the corrosion warranty, but it never should have happened in the first place. My other GM's- '83, '85, '95- all rusted in less than 5 years. Yet, the Toyota we've driven for 18 years has just started to show rust. I believe in what I see.
Not an issue, I should have said different "experience" - Dale Carnegie would be disappointed

It's all good though
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Not an issue, I should have said different "experience" - Dale Carnegie would be disappointed

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Not a problem.
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Northern Ca. just south of the SF area, moderate temps and mostly dry.
I purchased a 91 mustang convertible from this area and everybody that looked underneath the car was amazed at how clean it was.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:16 PM
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I like to buy used cars that spent their years in, Texas, New Mexico or Arizona.
No rust and lots to choose from at good prices.
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I can't say anything about salt on the road but I have a 2001 Chevy 2500 without a bit of rust. Parked in the driveway within about 1/2 mile of the ocean in S FL it's whole life. Salt on the windshield just about every morning.

As for traveling to buy a used car - I can't see doing that unless it's some special car (classic, high end sports car, etc) that you are really looking for and can't get near home or you are doing it as a vacation or adventure type thing.
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All great points above but my best lasts forever vehicles have been in florida. The only logic that applies is the fact that you are always on flat road. My rpms on my pickup at 70-80 mph on the highway are around 1900 rpms a tad higher pulling my trailers. I pulled a boat to north carolina several years ago through the mountains and could not imagine doing that on a daily basis.
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Most of the trucks you see in NY have a great deal of rust. The brake and fuel lines don't last as most up here never wash the underneath of their trucks. During the winter, I buy an unlimited car wash voucher for the month and wash my trucks at least twice a week during the winter. The cleanest trucks are down south, if some good ol boy hasn't been dogging it off road.
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All great points above but my best lasts forever vehicles have been in florida. The only logic that applies is the fact that you are always on flat road. My rpms on my pickup at 70-80 mph on the highway are around 1900 rpms a tad higher pulling my trailers. I pulled a boat to north carolina several years ago through the mountains and could not imagine doing that on a daily basis.
I agree with this for sure. Vehicles (especially trucks) behave totally different on flat or hilly terrain.
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I can tell you that it is not NH. Rust starts popping up on the frames usually under 12 months. As diligent as you try, there is no way you can wash the undercarriage enough that it would be salt free. I have owned GM, Ford,VW, Toyota, Honda, Jeep, Volvo over the last decade. There was no difference in a any of them.

It is either snowing, snow melting then freezing or salt dust on the roads pretty much late dec through March. Gotta thik of cars as kinda disposable.
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post
I like to buy used cars that spent their years in, Texas, New Mexico or Arizona.
No rust and lots to choose from at good prices.
I bought a '67 Plymouth that was originally sold and driven in New Mexico. Still have it after 35+ years in Michigan, don't drive it in the winters here. Mechanics and the guy who repainted it are always amazed at the complete absence of rust.
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Pretty much anything but the Snow belt is likely to be in good shape.
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