What to buy, high mileage with repair budget or low mileage with no repair budget?

I want to buy a practical 4×4 pickup and I am looking at a early 2000's Chevrolet and my budget is 13000. I am wondering if I am better off buying an $8000 truck with 170000 miles with a 5000 repair budget or to buy a $13000 with 120000 miles and no repair budget?
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Hi there -by definition, a 4WD vehicle is going to have higher maintenance costs than 2WD; there are more moving parts. However, one that has not been used off-road, not pushed a snow plow, and only occasionally pulled a boat, starts you off in a better position than one which has had a lot of extra-curricular activity! I would personally lean towards making a higher initial purchase price, for a truck that has not been modified, or used in a severe manner, then back it up with a pre-purchase inspection to increase your chances of making a good purchase.

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What to buy, high mileage with repair budget or low mileage with no repair budget?
ANSWER : Hi there -by definition, a 4WD vehicle is going to have higher maintenance costs than 2WD; there are more moving parts. However, one that has not been used off-road, not pushed a snow plow, and only occasionally pulled a boat, starts you off in a better position than one which has had a lot of extra-curricular activity! I would personally lean towards making a higher initial purchase price, for a truck that has not been modified, or used in a severe manner, then back it up with a pre-purchase inspection to increase your chances of making a good purchase.

2007 Mustang Low-Beam headlight on only one side only comes on for 10 seconds then go outs, however high beams work fine!?!?
ANSWER : Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2007 Mustang. The low beam circuit is monitored by the the Smart Junction Box. It’s the fuse box in the right kick panel. Basically what this means is if the resistance, or the current flow in the circuit is not within the specified range, it will turn off the power to it. That’s why you won’t find a fuse for the low beams. It will re-check the circuit every time the ignition key is cycled. The circuit flows from the SJB through the fuse box under the hood, and then to the headlights. Inspect as much of the wiring as you can. Especially where it might have been tampered with for the HID lights. If there is a short to power or ground, or too much or not enough resistance, it will turn off the power. This is not the case with your fog lamps and high beams. They are powered by a relay that is fused, and the circuit is not monitored. It will simply blow a fuse if there’s a problem. If you need more help, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose and repair the headlight problem.

I am buying a 2012 MB sprinter van with high mileage, it was previously a FedEx truck, what concerns prior to buying?
ANSWER : Believe it or not, fleet vehicles such as a delivery vehicle like this are typically well maintained. The last thing they want is a vehicle breakdown and delay package deliveries to their customers. Prior to a test drive, check the condition of all the fluids. The oil on the dipstick and under the oil fill cap should look clean and not "sludged". The transmission fluid should also be clean and not have a burnt odor. Walk around the vehicle to see if it has any indication that it may have been involved in an accident – body panels that don’t line up, paint that looks or feels different, etc. On the test drive, try to drive it as long as possible. Include some stop & go as well as highway driving. There should be no squeaks or rattles over bumps, it should accelerate and shift smoothly, and brake with no pulsations or noises. Even though a dealership has inspected the vehicle, it may be a worthwhile investment to have a certified technician do a pre-purchase inspection. Any faults found may be a good price negotiating point for you.

I am considering buying a vehicle with high mileage, do you have an opinion about high mileage vehicles?
ANSWER : For a vehicle with this many miles you should have an inspection done on your end by a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, to do a pre-purchase inspection to make sure you are not wasting money on a vehicle that could be falling apart. This will guide you in making an informed decision and not based on opinions without even looking at the vehicle in depth and going on reputation alone.

High pressure side of A/C is low (30 psi)
ANSWER : Hi there. It sounds like the AC compressor internal valve or the compressor itself has failed and is allowing refrigerant to sit freely and preventing pressure from accumulating; no suction and no discharge equals same pressure on both sides. You could also have a failed ac clutch or relay not engaging the compressor. I strongly suggest asking a qualified technician to perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. YourMechanic has several technicians available who can assist you with an AC does not work inspection.

Im looking at a 2007 hummer H3 for 28K (AUD). I have a tight budget. Should I buy this or not? Are the service, repair costs and maintenance expensive?
ANSWER : Hi there. When it comes to buying a vehicle, the first thing would be to research the vehicle and see what other people have had replaced. Check for simple pricing with local shops to determine if you could afford the vehicle or not. Buying a vehicle is easy, but keeping up the maintenance could be a struggle. Check to see how much it would be to put tires on the vehicle or do an oil change. Every vehicle has problems and need fixed when parts fail. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you with your decision if you are unsure about purchasing the vehicle.

Low gas mileage on 1997 GMC K1500 Suburban V8-5.7L
ANSWER : Hello. We will be happy to help with your 1997 GMC K1500 Suburban. There’s likely a combination of reasons as to why your MPG has so greatly declined. I suggest that you have a technician inspect the following items and perform the needed repairs.

Flush out the fuel injectors using an injector flush kit, replace your fuel filter, inspect the spark plugs and wires (and replace if necessary), check the air filter (replace if found dirty). Cleaning a dirty mass airflow sensor will help increase the MPG as well. I also suggest that you check the pressure and condition of the tires. Low air pressure or bad tires will decrease in MPG, too. If you would like to have this inspected by a professional, a qualified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose your mileage issue and let you know what should be done.

looking to buy a 2016 Mazda 6 but concerned about the repair cost of the" I loop" fuel system and other unknown costly repairs. I
ANSWER : All issues that appear to be common throughout a particular model would be something of concern. I would recommend having any vehicle that you are considering purchasing thoroughly inspected by a professional. If you’d like, a certified YourMechanic technician can come to your location to perform a standard 75 point safety inspection on the vehicle in question and give their recommendation.

Another very important thing to consider would be to get a long warranty on the vehicle – preferably bumper-to-bumper. A bumper-to-bumper warranty for a long period of time will ensure that anything that happens to the vehicle will be covered under warranty.