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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-22-2016, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Why Would Folks Rather Buy a Corolla or Civic W High Miles Vs a Cobalt W Lower Miles?

I've noticed that Civics and Corollas with 150k - 200k miles on them have similar, or greater, asking prices compared to same year Cobalts with less than half the miles.

Is it the perception that the Japanese cars will run forever?

Don't get me wrong, the Japanese cars are good, but for the money the Cobalts may just be the "better buy"

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Resale value.

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When you buy a Honda or Toyota, you're buying into the reputation of the company. They came to our shores in a time when domestics were arguably at their worst, and people never seem to forget that. In this day and age, a Civic or a Corolla is no more reliable or fuel efficient as any other car, but people still hold it in higher regard because of their past history, and that's why they hold their value so well.

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That being said, I wouldn't touch a Corolla with a ten foot pole and it would take a lot of convincing for me to own a Honda. I don't think they're bad cars, they just don't do it for me.

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Resale value.
Right on. But is the high resale value of the Japanese cars due to "perceived" value or "real" value? In other words, is the Cobalt really that much worse a car than a Corolla or Civic?

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Here is a perfect example

$4200 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt in good condition. One owner. 41400 actual miles:

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Try finding a 2008 Corolla or Civic with under 150k miles for that price and in that condition.

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Chevy has traditionally been crap at making small cars. Honda and Toyota practically invented the class, so naturally they're perceived to be better at it.

Flash forward to the 21st century, American cars have caught up, and in some extent surpassed what the Japanese are pumping out of their factories. If you compare a Cobalt with a Civic, the tech is lacking, but it makes up for it in performance and lower cost of ownership. The Corolla is a Civic with every ounce of fun removed.

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Stupidity? Or just being stuck in a mentality that stopped being valid ten years ago. That's what I assume.

"But my Honda is nice!". Have you been inside your Honda? It's a disaster. Quality is awful, design is boring and outdated, and powertrain is lackluster.

But they still think it's 1985, and buy accordingly. Luckily that is changing, albeit, slowly.

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When the H22 is referred to as the "big block" of the Honda world, you know there's a problem lol

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ill just leave this here lol



this was a head on at 40mph, a yota corolla S and a new taurus, the yota was totalled and the taurus actually got fixed and is back on the road.

i will never buy a yota or honda, i wont take one even if it was free.

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I never buy a car because of resale value. I buy a car that I want which is always an American name plate, always GM with the exception of a Wranger or Cherokee XJ, because I like to support the American workers.
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Tbh a lot of foreign automakers build in north America. A lot more than I thought.

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