Buying A Used/New Car
Find the negotiating points. See how damaged that part is.
Haggle the price on the fact that you will have to replace it.

*All prices are typical for a 1999 Toyota 4runner. Be sure to know your make and model and compare the prices.


Unit Price

Part Name


Ball Joint(s)
supports brake hub assembly





Body Panel Replacement
$200 - $2000

If it is a rust spot generally around 6inches in diameter it will cost under $500. A whole body panel replacement could cost $1000+. If they have already dropped the price because of rust, they are probably an honest person. I would buy their car.
+/- $500

Do any of the ball joints have leaking rubber boots? You can haggle the price down each ball joint that needs replaced.

+/- $160

Haggle Price

Minor Patch $150 - $300

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Interior Stains/Tares

Leather Tares
$50 - $200

Cloth Stains
$50 - $200



New Wheels




Car Balance


Engine Noises

$50 - $200

$1000 - $2000

This may seem minor but could be easily missed by the seller. Depending how severe the tare or stain is, you can move the price closer to your buying point.

+/- $300

Check the tire tread on all four wheels. If the indicator strip is almost level with the treads than haggle to price. Give a fair assessment to how long you think the tire is going to last... 5000 miles or 500 miles...
+/- $400


Brake Noises

Brake Pads
$100 - $200

If you take it for a test drive you can determine if the wheel shakes above 70 miles per hour. Ask the owner when was the last wheel alignment. You should get a wheel alignment everytime you get new tires.

+/- $80

Check for cracks in any visible belt parts. If there are little cracks it is almost time to change the belt.

If you have trouble shifting or you hear whirring/moaning sounds it could be the transmission.
+/- $1000

Brake squealing is a good haggling point. If they squeal, ask how long its been since a break pad change. If its been 30,000+ miles then its time...

+/- $200

What Did You Find?

Asking Price

So what did you get? Can you get the price haggled down? 

Your Price


Wheels, Ball Joints


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Rust, Brakes, Stains