Sounds like the right choice. You're not sleeping in this one?One was an 04 accord, and an 02 civic. It was a detail shop selling them and I could hear the transmission grinding on one and the other had the new radiator, new fan, new bumper and rattled like crazy. Both were 5k. They wouldnt let me take them out of the lot either so couldnt get them to highway speed.
The cruze was a private sale, manual transmission, new clutch a few years ago, new blower this year. No antifreeze leaks (listed as most common problem). The head looked like it might need a new gasket so I got 800 off the asking price. The lady who owns it had every single service record including oil changes and seemed "organized" for lack of a better word. All the work has been done at the same shop etc. Said she got a new car and only has one parking spot. She also let us test drive it at highway speed and it seemed solid.
We've been looking for about a month and honestly most stuff sells in a few hours. She said she had had a bunch of people look at it but when they saw the american anti theft device they dipped.