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Low miles, no evidence of excessive wear, service history, etc.
Walk around the car, look under the hood for signs of an accident (mismatched paint, bent stuff, things that have been replaced), look under the mat in the trunk for signs of extensive repairs, a carfax history, look under the car, look at the door sills for signs of rust, damage, paint discrepancies (signs of damage), etc.
Being a 4 year old car, the mileage should be below 50k. If not, the car has been driven more than an average of 12k per year and is likely to have more wear than there should be.
Drive the car and pay attention to how it rides, brakes, accelerates, and steers. Then ask to drive another similar accord (Gen 7) and compare them.
Consumer reports says that it is a very reliable car (reliability is 32% above average). The only real issues, according to them, are brakes and electrical stuff, but that isn't too common.
They also list an estimated price range of $9725 and $14375.
That's the basic stuff. I drive an 05 LX and if I didn't but were shopping, would likely pay good money for my car without a concern.
Your best bet is to drive the car you are looking at and then another that is the same. If the car you are looking to buy doesn't drive as well as, say, an 05, 04, 03, or 07 EX, don't buy it.
Hondas, in my experience and opinion, are pretty solid, reliable, and trouble free. I've had my 05 since new and I've had zero problems (except for a bad battery replaced under warranty). I am about to replace my tires (they are worn out) and need brakes (squealing and rotor shake) at just under 41,000 miles. Might be a good idea to ask them how much life is left on the brakes and give the tires the old penny test (insert a penny into the tread with Abe's head pointed down, if his head is at all obstructed, your tires are acceptable). Ask if the tires/brakes are original or have been replaced.
Also - is this a V6 or I4? Manual or automatic?
I've heard V6 manuals have some problems....
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