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Used car question...1984 Buck Regal with about 90,000 miles

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by JR, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    Good condition, new tires. I'm thinking of buying this for my kids to get back and forth to his gym over the summer.

    It's certified---which means in Ontario it passes the basic safety/mechanical test and can be licensed.

    Guy wants $2500.00...which strikes me as a bit steep. I'm thinking around $1500.00

    It's an eight cylinder so it will be a gas guzzler.

    Anyway, all things considered, what do the SportsJournalists.com autopros think?

    I'm not a car guy.

    As long as it goes, I don't give a shit what it looks like
  2. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    If it's a Turbo, avoid it. Of course, it might be the dog my brother is trying to get rid of.
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    No. Just no.

    I can't think of one GM car from that era I would consider buying.
  4. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Its an 84, so despite being reliable, its got some time on it. And at 90,000 miles that price is a little steep.

    I only have one experience buying an "entry-level" used car. In 1999 I bought a 1991 Mustang with my brother. (So it had eight years on it). 90,000 miles, new paint, tires were half-way gone. But everything else was fine mechanically except for a little bit of leaking oil. The car was bought for $3,500.

    So I would like to believe for a 24 year old car with the same mileage, you can definitely get it for $1,500. Tell the guy $1,500 take it or leave it, and if says no, you can always come back later, and ask for it for $1,750.
  5. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    What's a Buck Regal? Sounds like a burned-out porn actor.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I'd spend that much for a 1984 buckweaver, but not a Buck Regal.
  7. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    $1,500 would even be generous for a car that's about 25 years old.
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    $2,500 Canadian, maybe.

    Oh wait.

    I wouldn't pay more than $1,500 for a 1984 Buick Regal. Number one, you don't have any way of being completely sure of its history. It could violate every lemon law known to the North American continent for all you know. Even though it has extremely low mileage for a car its age, it's still a 24 year old car. And even disregarding its calendar age, it still has 90,000 miles on it.

    $2,500 sounds like you're being taken for a ride (no pun intended).
  9. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    $2,500? Good grief ...

    No way, JR. MAYBE $1,500, more like $1,000.
  10. JR

    JR Active Member

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    The important thing for me is that it's certified . Up here before you can't sell a used car until it goes to a government approved mechanic who does an inspection. If it doesn't pass the test--like brakes, alignment, etc, you can't sell it.

    I know the guy who's driven it for the last four years so I know he hasn't been banging the shit out of it.

    I guess my point is: if I can buy it for $1500.00 and my kids can get a couple of years out of it, it's not a totally bad investment.

    The insurance will cost more than the car however.

    I think $1,000 would be fair
  11. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    Bubbler's first car was an '84 Regal with a similar amount of miles on it. The thing broke down practically every week, usually while I happened to be in the car with him.
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Fuck you asshole! It was all your fault! If not for your bad karma, my brownish Regal would survive to today! That log holding up the headlights was Car & Driver approved!
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