Hey Guys- This would be my first post here, as this is the first time I've even been close to owning a Honda. Hopefully I'll be sticking around for quite a while after this. I've been looking for a new car lately, as I had to get rid of my 05 Mustang. My budget for a car is about $4500 or less, as I'd like to have money left for insurance (I'm a 19 year-old boy, insurance is insane), gas, repairs, etc. I've been talking to this guy who's selling his 95 Del Sol. It's got the VTEC engine, a custom baby blue paint job (which needs some waxing badly), custom exhaust, front and rear torsion bars, cold air intake, underglow, aftermarket sound, rims, grille, etc. I know aftermarket stuff doesn't really affect resale value, but I wanted to mention the amount of work this guy's put into his car. He took me for a spin in it for about 10 minutes to show me how it rode. Shocks and suspension seemed good... it rides real low but it was smooth and I only heard it scrape a TINY bit when he had to cross some railroad tracks going uphill. When the engine was idling, it wasn't rough or skipping at all, and while we were driving I never heard anything out of the ordinary (the engine has 160,000 miles on it but still sounds new). As far as the transmission goes, it shifts smoothly, and I didn't hear any RPM spikes or anything like that while we were driving. I will say, though, that he was driving like a maniac. I hope he was just trying to show off what the car could do, and that he doesn't drive like that everyday. If he does, there's a good chance that there's not much time left before that transmission needs to be replaced. He originally was asking $4000 for the car. After he listed it, the car got nailed by a hit-and-run that did some damage to the rear driver's side tail light, fender, and bumper. There's also a small dent in the center of the trunk, on the edge right above the Honda H-symbol. He's already had the damage looked at and has the paperwork showing how much it'll cost to repair - he says he has some hookups for the paint and whatever else. So I guess I have a few questions, and this seemed like a really good place to ask. 1. Without the damage, would the car have been worth $4k? 2. Should I have the guy get the repairs before I purchase it? 3. If the transmission does need replacing soon, where would be a good place to find a decent replacement? 4. How much $$$ should I offer this guy for the car? For those of you that actually read all that crap, thank you... I know a lot of people don't like reading posts that are more than a paragraph long. Hopefully a few of you will be able to give some input that'll really help me. Thank you.