Greetings everyone, I am new here. First off I'd like to briefly say I am not completely into all the technical aspects of cars but the Camaro has been my favorite car since I was a kid.
I currently own a 2002 Camaro base 2d coupe, V6 automatic with t-tops. I bought it in 2009 for $5900 with about 75,000 miles on it and now 7 years later, it is approaching 100,000 and I would like to offload it before having to put big money into small repairs repeatedly.
Having said all that, I've been entertaining the idea of getting a 2010+ Camaro with under 50,000 miles on it and I am looking to spend about $10,000 if that is at all possible. In case geography is a factor in the purchase, I live in south-eastern Michigan. I'd be willing to drive at most an hour or two to go buy a car if I thought the bargain was well worth it.
I know some of you aficionados out there will cringe at this, but, for me the engine isn't really important. Preferably something with the best overall gas mileage and automatic trans is a must for me.
Being so, ignorant I guess you could say, about the technical aspects of a vehicle I also do not know whether my best bet would be to buy from an individual or a dealer. This would be my 3rd pre-owned vehicle purchase, the first two both being from dealers. In doing a little bit of research on these forums here it seems that perhaps a 2012 or 2013 model would be a bit better than 2010 or 2011 because of minor upgrades, but again I really have no idea.
Anyone have any tips on exactly what year, model etc would be the best to look out for, keeping in mind the mileage of course and my price point? Any constructive advice at all would be much appreciated!
(Also, I can post pictures of my current 2002 Camaro if anyone is interested to see it, nothing too special but I *did* get a brand new paint job on it just over a year ago)
Thanks in advance!