Press J to jump to the feed. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts
46

LPT: Buying a new car? Find a owner/fan forum about the car you want to buy. There is usually a thread about prices paid, also lots of info about your future vehicle from actual owners.

7 comments
81% Upvoted
What are your thoughts? Log in or Sign uplog insign up
Sort by
level 1

This is a double edged sword.

People who post on dedicated forums come in two flavors. Those dedicated to the car/brand/model and those who sign up to complain or discuss a problem. There will never be a time where you visit a dedicated car forum and not see a deluge of problems for whatever model you are thinking of purchasing.

I visited several forums before purchasing my truck just to check out what others had to say and potentially be wary of problems for particular models. Every manufacturer/brand/model has pages of complaints.

level 1

Keep in mind the rebates new cars changes every single month. So while someone might have paid X for a car, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to get the same price.

This goes both ways, if someone paid X for a car, but the rebates are way better this month, and you decide to offer that price, the dealer will happily oblige and you will have lost money.

level 1

You should do this for anything. I'm currently looking at buying a new smartwatch. I'm not just going to buy the first one I see online, in going to read reviews, watch YouTube videos etc.

level 1

Isn't your tip essentially why Consumer Reports is a thing?

level 1

Carcomplaints.com

See what models are worse by which year.

level 2

Be very careful about this website if you don't know general mechanics. I say this bc I'm a mechanic and a buddy of mine was going to buy a new car, he was showing me this website and the issues people were putting about the car he wanted to buy. I read some of them and i would say a good 2/3rds were bullshit issues that the customers ether caused themselves or didn't understand enough about mechanics and complained about stuff that shouldn't have been complained about. Example: one lady was complaining about the new SUV she bought, a rat had chewed a wire and she had to pay to get it fixed after 3 months of having the vehicle, rats chew wires on all cars it's just a fact. Another one, this guy was complaining he did his oil change and the bolt for the cylinder head stripped. Let me tell you, under no circumstances should you ever have to loosen up or even touch a cylinder head bolt doing an oil change, ever.

level 3

Oh yeah but those numbers are usually low. What you will see are big red flags like Nissan CVTs

Community Details

14.5m

Subscribers

1.8k

Online

Tips that improve your life in one way or another.

Create Post
The redesign is terrible.

The redesign is horrible, don't use it. Go here:

http://old.reddit.com/r/lifeprotips

Also go to your preferences and disable it entirely by clicking "Opt out of redesign"

http://old.reddit.com/prefs

What is a LifeProTip?

A Life Pro Tip (or LPT) is a concise and specific tip that improves life for you and those around you in a specific and significant way.

r/LifeProTips Rules
1.
Do not submit troll, joke, or unnecessary tips
2.
No tips that use a product or service as intended
3.
No common sense tips or common courtesies
4.
No tips about a social network or social media
5.
Do not suggest illegal actions
6.
NSFW content must be appropriate labeled
7.
Do not submit tips on our Restricted Topic list
8.
No slurs, racism, bigotry, or bad reddiquette
9.
Posts must enhance life in a specific,tangible way
Disallowed Life Pro Tips

These types of tips are not allowed and will be removed.

  • Common uses for products and services
  • Medical, Legal, Financial tips. We cannot verify the qualification of those making those tips. This includes practicing medicine, eye/vision, skin care, dental advice, diet/nutrition, and mental health. Medication tips. Law tips. Biomedical donations. Credit building tips.
  • Hygiene, personal grooming tips including make-up and hair.
  • Toilet-related tips.
  • Non-secular tips.
  • Tip lists or articles (Example: "Top ten tips you need to know!").
  • Parenting-related posts/tips.
  • Relationship posts/tips.
  • Troll or joke tips.
  • Commonly posted tips (Click here for an index of common LPTs)
  • Political posts/tips.
  • Driving related tips.
  • Sleep tips.

Note: Moderators will use their own discretion to remove any post that they believe is low-quality or not considered a life pro tip.

Banning Policy

Bans are given out immediately and serve as a warning. You may appeal this initial ban by messaging the moderators and agreeing not to break the rules again. Please acknowledge the rule you broke! Note: Bans will not be reversed if the post/comment in question has been deleted from your history.

A temporary ban can not be appealed, and will expire at the end of the allotted time.

Note: Homophobia, racism, harassment and general hate on ethnicity, sex, religion or anything else will result in a permanent ban that cannot be appealed. Tips that advocate/support illegal activities are also grounds for a permanent ban as well. Tips or comments that encourage behavior that can cause injury or harm to others will be cause for a ban. As the majority of LPT Mods are US Based, we will be using US laws to determine whether or not it's legal.

Thank you.

Click here to message the /r/LifeProTips modertors

Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.