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What are your thoughts about buying a used Jaguar? 93,000 miles 2003 xtype 3.0 are there any particular vehicles you would recommend for purchasing used?

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Cherie Watters, President Dealer Division at AskPatty.com Used cars are tough unless you know how their car was cared for by the previous owners and if a maintenance record is available that's great.

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Older Jaguars can be very costly to maintain. Call the Jaguar dealer and ask them how much you can expect to pay to maintain the car, including oil changes, brakes, tires, tune ups and repairs. Don*t be surprised if they tell you, the average cost is close to $2000 per year. Get a Carfax on the car to make sure it has been well cared for. Pay to have the car checked by someone who works on Jaguars, it will be worth it. There are plenty of good used vehicles available. Look at certified preowned vehicles because they come with a warranty. Buy from a reputable dealer. Ask your friends if they are happy with their car. Good Luck.

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Sorry I do not recommend Jaguar. Resale is terrible and maintenance is very expensive. Used Toyotas Honda Nissan of course offer the best resale and most dependable service records also affordable to fix. Patti www.valleydealer.com

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Greetings Tish, Is the Jag going to be your fun vehicle or your primary vehicle? You haven't given enough information about what you want this vehicle to do for you to answer the question of other recommendations. But, either way, you NEED to take it to a auto technician who works on Jags on a regular basis for a thorough used car inspection. You want to learn more about this vehicle the existing owner does.

Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Tish - Thats a tough question because so much depends on what it is you*re looking for, what your budget is, and the particular vehicle. If you are looking for economy, than Jaguar may not be the way to go. If you really like Jags than go for it - just make sure you have a pre-purchase inspection done on *any* vehicle you get to make sure you are not purchasing a nightmare. Sorry I couldn*t be more specific... do your homework with a carfax, check Kelly Blue Book for a price guide, and make sure you get that pre-purchase inspection! Good luck, Bogi Lateiner 180 Degrees Automotive http:/www.180auto.com/dsa.html

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Good morning Tish- the down side of buying a Jaguar is the extreme expense of repairs along with finding a shop capable of doing the repairs correctly - these are not common cars- they are also notorious for electrical issues- the book value on the car is $8800- (clean retail with a $200 deduction for miles'NADA book)- if you want to purchase a used European car I would recommend a BMW providing it does not have the ZF5HP19 automatic transmission ( they have problems with reverse going out)- also you might want to consider a Lexus, Acura, Honda or Toyota as these vehicles are very reliable & are serviced by many shops - hope this help- Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair You are looking at one of the most sustainable Sport vehicles out there...Resale of this make/model is tremendous! Please make sure to look at the service records, it*s up-to-date with it*s TSB (Technical Service Bulletins)and have it checked out by a certified reputable Jaguar mechanic to make sure it is road worthy & sound! If the price is right~ buy it! One of the advantages of buying used cars is affordability. Second advantage is that you can actually buy your dream car model at a much reasonable price by buying a second-hand car. A lot of people have their own personal choice for cars. The only thing that keeps them from driving their dream car is financial constraints. Third advantage of buying used cars is; more often than not, used cars have already been accessorized by their previous owners. By buying used cars, you do not only get a better deal on the cost of the car but you also get the privilege of acquiring it with new fancy details such as flashy wheel mags, new sound system and other value-added features set up by the previous owner. Fourth advantage is for financial reasons. Safe Driving!

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