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Title: Which car would you choose to buy?
Post by: Giro on January 16, 2015, 09:31:07 AM
I am looking at both cars.  Which would you go for? 

09 Honda Civic Manual Transmission.  51K miles.  Does have a rebuilt title after an accident.  This is a coupe and I do have a 9 year old child so a bit of a struggle getting in and out of the backseat but nothing I haven't been doing for the past 2 years.  $8500

07 Honda Fit Sport Manual Transmission 63K miles.  $7990

I imagine I can get both down another $500 in price. 
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Post by: Giro on January 16, 2015, 09:50:21 AM
I also found a 2010 Honda Insight with a rebuilt title.  The owner gave me pics of the accident and it really was only cosmetic and no frame or engine damage at all.  He had the body repaired and is selling it for $8300.

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Post by: schimt on January 16, 2015, 10:01:45 AM
I would go for the fit that wasn't in an accident. No idea if there is frame damage ect. even if it was "rebuilt"
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Post by: neo von retorch on January 16, 2015, 10:03:01 AM
I'd buy the Fit, though my personal reasons may differ from yours.

Also, I *did* buy the Fit. I got an 08 Sport Manual with 56K miles on it back in July :) I paid a little more than $8k, too - I'm jealous.
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Post by: southern granny on January 16, 2015, 04:31:16 PM
I also found a 2010 Honda Insight with a rebuilt title.  The owner gave me pics of the accident and it really was only cosmetic and no frame or engine damage at all.  He had the body repaired and is selling it for $8300.
I wouldn't think that an accident with only cosmetic damage would have a rebuilt title.  Must have been a lot of cosmetic damage.
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Post by: gimp on January 16, 2015, 04:34:32 PM
Not the rebuilt unless you're a mechanic and can easily spot issues.
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Post by: Mr. Frugalwoods on January 16, 2015, 06:57:20 PM
People with rebuilt titles always have stories.  Some of them are even true...
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Post by: Janie on January 16, 2015, 07:02:00 PM
I've had both a Civic and a Fit. Prefer the Fit.
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Post by: SaintM on January 16, 2015, 07:40:24 PM
Some insurance companies won't cover a rebuilt. If they do, expect to pay big bucks. The assumption is that the rebuilt suffered structural damage and is unsafe.
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Post by: dunhamjr on January 16, 2015, 08:28:32 PM
I would go for the Fit as well.
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Post by: Lmoot on January 16, 2015, 11:45:33 PM
I'd keep looking for a certified used Honda Accord, if it's a car you plan on keeping for a while. It's roomy enough for kids, and not that much more than a coupe.
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Post by: alsoknownasDean on January 17, 2015, 02:09:09 AM
Why would you consider that Civic over the Fit? The Fit sounds more suitable for your needs and cheaper.
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Post by: raylit20 on January 17, 2015, 09:59:10 PM
Why would you consider that Civic over the Fit? The Fit sounds more suitable for your needs and cheaper.
I will echo alsknownasDean's recommendation, and add that the Fit will typically cost less over it's lifetime than a Civic.
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Post by: GeneralJinjur on January 17, 2015, 11:38:45 PM
My dad has an 09 Civic coupe.  My 5'6" 13yo is uncomfortable in the backseat and the 10yo who hasn't even broken 5 feet is getting there quickly.  Go for the 4 door Fit with more leg room in the back and the non-rebuilt title. 
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Post by: southernhippie on January 18, 2015, 06:25:48 AM
Easy decision.

get the fit.  more room and mpg is almost the same
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Post by: TheThirstyStag on January 18, 2015, 12:30:01 PM
Another vote for the fit.  I've had rebuilt cars for many years, but only because it was repaired by myself and family, so I know the extent of damage.

Props to you for going for a manual, too!  Best way to make cars with small engines infinitely more fun
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Post by: capital on January 18, 2015, 06:51:41 PM
A hatchback is a lot more useful than a coupe. You can stuff it full of bikes and Craigslist furniture and lumber, and sleep in it when you go camping. So, Fit.
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Post by: M2 pilot on January 18, 2015, 07:12:51 PM
I believe the criteria for a rebuilt title varies from state to state.  Not sure about this but I believe that some states label the title "salvage" instead of rebuilt.  I think I'm correct that at least in NC a car automatically gets a salvage title if an airbag is deployed or if there is flood damage.  In some cases a car may get a salvage title if it's insured & wrecked & the $ needed to repair said car exceeds a certain percentage of the cars value. I believe that most if not all insurance companies won't sell collision insurance for a rebuilt or salvage titled car.
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Post by: roadtofreedom on January 19, 2015, 12:49:37 AM
Without doubt, I'd choose Honda.

Cheaper, less miles and with more space

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Post by: Giro on January 20, 2015, 07:56:49 AM
Well, I ended up repairing my Accord instead.  $500 and I'm back on the road.

I swore I would not put another penny into that car, but alas, I caved.  I think I found an honest and decent auto mechanic tho.  And for that, I'm very grateful.