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We live in NC - we are looking at buying a 2004 Honda Pilot that has been up in NY for the past 4 years - it looks like the owners took very good care of the car - but it has the expected snow/salt rusting. How much of a headache or problem would this rusting propose to us. If we get it at a good price - should we consider it? or just walk away? Thank you! Amy

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Wendy Engelberg, Director of Operations and Founder at Autovisuals Amy: Can you provide a little more information? Such as exactly where the rust is located and how much of the area does it cover? Also, is the rust the very dark orange and the metal crusty or has it just started to rust?

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Amy, We have been selling used cars at my shop in Vermont for over 5 years. Because of the snow/salt that we deal with on a daily basis in the winter, we have always gone out of state to reliable used cars that are rust free. We also do a lot of used car inspection for folks who are purchasing a used car from a private owner, or from the dealer. For me, rust is a red flag. Because a 2004 Honda Pilot costs approx. $15,000 - $20,000 depending on the mileage, model and extra features, I would run away from a vehicle with any rust on it for that kind of money. Please remember to have any used car you are thinking of purchasing brought to a trained auto technician for a thorough used car inspection. This is the best warranty you have to making a wise purchasing decision. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

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