Dear Interweb

Anyone out there know anyone that is selling a minivan? Ideally, I’m wanting something with fewer than 50k miles, and/or less than 10k dollars, but I’d be up for hearing about any good deal you come across. I’m mostly interested in a Grand Caravan/Town and Country (same van, different brand). If I could afford one, I’d also be interested in an Odyssey. From what I’ve seen, they’re a bit beyond my means, however.

Lastly, if anyone knows of a Chrysler or GM minivan that’s around a 2002, with a bad engine but that is good otherwise, I would be _very_ interested in that, as my Dad has a brand new engine for either of those two vans lying around in his shed.

  1. Yeah, we’ve covered all the normal internet outlets (namely autotrader and ebay, but there are others). The ideal situation would be buying from an individual, in my opinion. Cut out the middle man, save some money, etc.

    The only hard part about that is finding someone that’s selling their van.

  2. I know this isn’t exactly a helpful comment, but when we purchased our minivan we ended up going with an Odyssey. The newer (2005) model surpassed the Toyota Sienna by a small amount in safety ratings; in the previous model it had been the other way around.

    What I like most about our minivan are the remote-controlled doors, the fact that both passenger doors open automatically, and the ease of removing and folding down the rear seats. It also has a handy little storage compartment under the floor between the driver’s row and the center seats, as well as an eighth seat you can lock into place between the two chairs. (We’ve actually used this once.)

    Plus, the little table for in between the driver’s and passenger’s seat folds down and out of the way, so you can walk throughout the van pretty easily if you’re four years old. I guess that’s more of a perk for the kids. 😉

  3. When I used to listen to NPR on Saturday mornings, on Car Talk the brothers talked about checking out rental places selling their cars/minivans as a viable place to purchase a used car. It might be worth checking into. Otherwise, we’ll keep an eye out for you.

  4. How about a used Subaru Outback? 140k miles!

  5. I think there is a story involving a rental neon on two wheels…

    I’m assuming you’ve already tried craigslist and the newspaper classifieds right?

  6. If you’re willing to drive one back from Salt Lake. There’s a guy at Tim’s work who’s selling his 2001 Caravan for 5k.

    Probably not though.

  7. Depending on the mileage, that might have been worth it. Melissa and I ended up buying a 2001 with 60k miles for 7.5k dollars. It was local though, so that’s worth something at least.

    How’s life in the land of Brigham Young?

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