第41天:在美国买卖二手车

在美国买卖二手车 (credit:mozul@flickr)
在美国买卖二手车 (credit:[email protected])

在前一篇《第35-37天:在美国买二手车》里面我提到了“我们的理想算盘是买一个质量过硬,不会花太多维修费的二手车,开上两个多月再转手买了。这样一来就可以剩下不少租车费用。”

 

现在朋友们都回复了,大概的建议是卖车花时间比较多,所以如果只在美国待上2个多月,不值得在这个方面花工夫。下面是一些回信节选。

 

首先,纽约出生的俄国历史学博士James指出,买卖二手车存在很多风险。美国的很多大城市,如纽约、波士顿、芝加哥、旧金山、的公共交通都非常发达,事实上没有车恐怕更为方便。

It might take time to go around looking at used cars. If you buy it from a used car lot, you will spend more money. If you buy it from an individual, you will have to call, schedule a meeting, and get to the person’s home to see the car. This might be difficult if you don’t have a car to begin with. Also, you should have the used car inspected by an auto mechanic, which also takes time and money.

With the used car, you will have to fix it if it breaks down. The cheaper the car, the more the risk of failure. Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas have a good reputation for long life but you never know. A car with over 200k miles is at risk of serious problems. A rental car agency will provide some type of roadside assistance if you run into a problem. If you break down in the middle of nowhere in a used car, it could be a real problem. You might have to have the car towed a long distance.

Also, when you try to sell the used car, you’ll probably have to sell it to a used car lot since you will not have time to sell it to an individual. The price you get will be rather low.

So you might save money with the used car if you get lucky but there is a risk that it could cost more with repairs and there may also be additional time and aggravation.

Other options are flying or taking a train or bus. Unfortunately, train travel is less convenient in the US than Europe and it is not so cheap. And long bus trips are not very comfortable. You can sometimes get cheap plane tickets, especially if you buy them early. Then again, sometimes you can get last minute deals as well.

By the way, what places are you planning to visit. Do you want to see big cities or the big open country?

In big cities like New York City, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco, you could get by without a car because there is public transportation around the city. In New York, where I grew up and spent most of my life, you are better off without a car. The subway (metro) is more convenient. Perhaps you could rent for part of the trip and get by with planes and public transport the rest of the time while visiting cities.

Adventure On Wheel的汽车回购报价
Adventure On Wheel的汽车回购报价

然后老朋友Walter指出,在美国买卖车辆,不仅要交手续费,还有各种保险、税收、检查维修的费用。这些费用加起来也不比租车便宜多少,所以不如不买。

Your costs for buying a used car, buying mandatory insurance and paying other miscellaneous fees minus the money you’ll recoup when you sell the car are comparable to the cost of renting. Obtaining the car will be relatively easy for you but selling it will probably be more difficult. What happens if you have to leave the US before you get a buyer? All things considered, I don’t think it’s worth the hassle to try to buy and sell in such a short time. My recommendation is for you to concentrate on “enjoying the view” and not on business matters.

在加洲圣地亚哥居住的Patrick回复说:在加洲注册新车必须加洲当地驾照,而且由于最近车市萎缩,卖车恐怕会比较难。

2. selling when done – the car market has almost dried up here recently. you may be able to buy one cheap (and hope it runs right) but finding a buyer at the end will be tricky.
3. registration – usually need a CA drivers license (at least) to register a vehicle. 

最后是Lonely Planet上面推荐的一家美国公司,可以先把车买给旅游者,等到离开时再以事先约定的价格“购回”(Buy Back)。听起来也是个很不错的选择,但是我的询价结果是所有税、保险加在一起,总开销是$4,038.35。远远超出我们的预算。费用细目在右侧可以看到。

对于我们来说,恐怕最现实的选择是把飞机、汽车、自行车和公共交通集合在一起。

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