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I've run across a 2000 Insight with less than 10,000 miles for less than ten grand. I did a check on it with CarFax, and it came through clean. I've yet to check it out or test-drive it (which I will do) but right now I'm sorely tempted. I'd be trading in a 1996 Saturn with 126K on it. Nice, reliable car, but its age is making me nervous.

So what do you think? And is it possible to purchase an extended warranty at this juncture?

This would be my first hybrid, by the way. My wife and I went to a Honda dealership a couple of weeks ago and were impressed with our test-drive of the Insight.

Any advice? Recommendations?
 

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Ok few things, first whats the VIN number? Just in case someone here knows any stories behind a particular car.

2, Saturn's are a GM product, probably about time to trade it in :wink:
(Ok I had some really bad experiences with GM's going through transmissions in the past)

As far as an extended warranty check this place:
http://www.curryhondacare.com/

I got mine from them, good prices. Get to the last screen then check your email, they'll have sent you a discount code. I got to 6 years 100,000 miles for $830.

Sounds like a good deal possibly. Price seems about right because of the low miles.

Let us know.
 

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Seems in the ball park

How much under 10,000 and how much under $10,000?

Are there service records indicating that it has been well cared for by the previous owner?

For example, did the previous ownder do the ECM fix and follow up on the service issues like that?

If it is in excellent condition, and you believe that it has been well cared for by the previous owner, it might be a good buy.

I am assuming it has A/C? That adds to value.

If it has no bells and whistles, and you can't determine that it is in super condition and has been well cared for, then I would negotiate more on it.

On the other hand, if you are within a few hundred bucks of a fair price, the joy of owning it will cancel that out as soon as you take it home.
 

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Re: Seems in the ball park

figgy said:
I am assuming it has A/C? That adds to value.
Are there Insights who have no a/c ? I was always thinking it was standard.
 

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Actually in 2000 the way they got the EPA rating of 70 mpg highway was by making enough of them without AC so that they tested a car without ac, saving that much drag and weight. You can tell by the vin whether or not the car has dealer or factory installed AC. The vin starts with JHMZE13 (Japan, Honda Motors, ZE13 means Insight DX). The next number will be either a 5 or 7. 5 is no ac, 7 is factory installed ac. And they only make the automatics with AC for some reason. I think now you would have to specifically go and order one without AC to get one that way. I finally only recently saw one at an auction without AC, took me a minute to figure out what was different (hey no condensor).
 
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