Help me buy a car for my girl

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by MIGUEL1J View Post

    I will always recommend a new car, no im not a car dealer, there's a lot of reasons. You could put 5g down on a nice new Honda accord or civic and finance the rest.

    I know a dealer at Mercedes personally (if you know what I mean). I could get something (a few grand not to much) knocked off but you would have to come to NYC. On a day that my friend is at the dealer.
    Definitely less "risks" when you buy from a dealer but if you have a friend or know someone who knows a little bit about cars you'd be fine with buying off Craigslist.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by av6258 View Post
    My bro just got a 2012 hundayi sonata lease. $2k down under 150 a month payment. Really nice car man. Bluetooth, satellite radio. 4cyl great on gas. 3 year lease also!
    I second this if you can swing the monthly payment. Just had one of these 2 weeks ago as a rental when my truck was in for body work (wife crashed my 2 week old truck!!!). The car really impressed me, great power for a 4 cyl. fully loaded and suprisingly big inside. I have 2 kids and the car seats fit with plently of extra room.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by cmitch View Post

    Definitely less "risks" when you buy from a dealer but if you have a friend or know someone who knows a little bit about cars you'd be fine with buying off Craigslist.
    Most deff just make sure that your friend that knows about cars is a mechanic,

  4. What u mean u don't wanna do maintenance? Every car requires it but Honda and Toyota are what ur lookin for. If u go for somethin over 80k miles, make sure timing belt, tensioner and water pump were done or get it done urself

  5. sounds like you need a honda
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by mstep View Post
    What u mean u don't wanna do maintenance? Every car requires it but Honda and Toyota are what ur lookin for. If u go for somethin over 80k miles, make sure timing belt, tensioner and water pump were done or get it done urself
    I didn't mean I don't want to do maintenance I meant I don't want to get something that tends to break down a lot....something that is most known for being reliable. I'd prefer to JUST do maintenance or at least get cars that are most known for being long lasting

    Good advice on the timing belt, tensioner, water pump.
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  8. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post

    I didn't mean I don't want to do maintenance I meant I don't want to get something that tends to break down a lot....something that is most known for being reliable. I'd prefer to JUST do maintenance or at least get cars that are most known for being long lasting

    Good advice on the timing belt, tensioner, water pump.
    honda is the way to go for what your wanting

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post
    I didn't mean I don't want to do maintenance I meant I don't want to get something that tends to break down a lot....something that is most known for being reliable. I'd prefer to JUST do maintenance or at least get cars that are most known for being long lasting

    Good advice on the timing belt, tensioner, water pump.
    VW jetta Diesel would also be very good. if you can find one on craigslist from 06 or newer and can find one for 7 or 8 thousand get that. the pros outweigh the cons by far with this car.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by cmitch View Post
    VW jetta Diesel would also be very good. if you can find one on craigslist from 06 or newer and can find one for 7 or 8 thousand get that. the pros outweigh the cons by far with this car.
    What type of cons are we talking about?

    Don't those get real good gas mileage as well?
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  11. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post

    What type of cons are we talking about?

    Don't those get real good gas mileage as well?
    Yes. They have a supercharged 3 cylinder engine. A friend of mine averages 50 miles to the gallon. The only con in y opinion is if it breaks down you have to take it to an "import shop" because its not American made. But I take my cars to the local high school and all I have to pay for is parts. Local colleges could probably do the same. Just look into it. But overall the Jetta is gonna be my suggestion. That's the only real con. And with regular maintenance I've heard of them making it well over 300k miles without any problem at all.

  12. Look into buying new. You get ridiculous warranties with hyundai and you can get them maybe a few g out of your price range. Maintenance costs will be next to 0 and gas will be cheap. Don't limit it there though, look at ford chevy and dodge, they've all got good warranties and excellent economy as well. My only complaints with ford are the focus has gay ass wanna be racing seats designed to fit the average 160lb man, not a 5'10" 230lb man. Quite uncomfortable.

    Buying used usually turns out to be a hassle and my experiences say there's a reason why someone got rid of their newer car and there's a reason its for sale for so cheap. A lot of times there's an issue somewhere that will end up costing more money than its worth.
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  13. or u could get the vw diesel with no supercharger. supercharger maintenance = $$$$$

  14. Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    Look into buying new. You get ridiculous warranties with hyundai and you can get them maybe a few g out of your price range. Maintenance costs will be next to 0 and gas will be cheap. Don't limit it there though, look at ford chevy and dodge, they've all got good warranties and excellent economy as well. My only complaints with ford are the focus has gay ass wanna be racing seats designed to fit the average 160lb man, not a 5'10" 230lb man. Quite uncomfortable.

    Buying used usually turns out to be a hassle and my experiences say there's a reason why someone got rid of their newer car and there's a reason its for sale for so cheap. A lot of times there's an issue somewhere that will end up costing more money than its worth.
    If you know what to look for you can get a relatively new car that will work fine. The only problem buying new is that the second you drive it off the lot it drops in value about 5 Gs

  15. Quote Originally Posted by cmitch View Post
    If you know what to look for you can get a relatively new car that will work fine. The only problem buying new is that the second you drive it off the lot it drops in value about 5 Gs
    Yeah, new cars depreciate so rapidly just when you get rid of that 0 on the odometer.

    Keep the info coming guys, this thread has been gold for me and is really helping the process out. Hopefully others are learning some things as well.
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  16. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post

    Yeah, new cars depreciate so rapidly just when you get rid of that 0 on the odometer.

    Keep the info coming guys, this thread has been gold for me and is really helping the process out. Hopefully others are learning some things as well.
    Exactly why new cars aren't worth It unless you have money to blow. Which it sounds like you don't. Check Craigslist and your local classified adds for newer cars for sale. Chances are they are only selling it because they need money so most likely you have nothing to worry about. Just be careful buying anything older than 04 - 03 around that area anything after 06 is going to be golden and buying off clist will eliminate all the dealer fees an you can get the person to write down a ridiculously low amount of money on the title so you pay less taxes on the sale.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by cmitch View Post

    Exactly why new cars aren't worth It unless you have money to blow. Which it sounds like you don't. Check Craigslist and your local classified adds for newer cars for sale. Chances are they are only selling it because they need money so most likely you have nothing to worry about. Just be careful buying anything older than 04 - 03 around that area anything after 06 is going to be golden and buying off clist will eliminate all the dealer fees an you can get the person to write down a ridiculously low amount of money on the title so you pay less taxes on the sale.
    Bear in mind that a car is and will never be an investment. You buy a car because you like it, you buy new because you want a guarantee that you'll have no head aches for a min of 5 years.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by MIGUEL1J View Post

    Bear in mind that a car is and will never be an investment. You buy a car because you like it, you buy new because you want a guarantee that you'll have no head aches for a min of 5 years.
    1960-70 MOPAR and old muscle are investments. And even older as well.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post

    1960-70 MOPAR and old muscle are investments. And even older as well.
    those are also classics and made with all metal. They are worth there price in metal, boy do I wish they made cars like that again. No airbags need there like a tank lol

  20. Quote Originally Posted by MIGUEL1J View Post

    those are also classics and made with all metal. They are worth there price in metal, boy do I wish they made cars like that again. No airbags need there like a tank lol
    I was just clarifying for OP because you said a car will never be an investment. And I've been looking at a couple of those investments recently (got my eye on a 72 skylark ATM just not sure if I have time for the commitment)

  21. I'll let everyone know what we end up getting. Not getting super serious about it until Saturday. This thread has been really great for us though guys, learned a lot. I knew AM community would come through, (that's why I asked) it always does.
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  22. Well we ended up going higher than we initially though after discussing it. We got a 2010 Ford Focus SE with 55K miles on it for just over 10,000. I'm pretty satisfied. This should be good for her for a long time to come.
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by Geoforce View Post
    Well we ended up going higher than we initially though after discussing it. We got a 2010 Ford Focus SE with 55K miles on it for just over 10,000. I'm pretty satisfied. This should be good for her for a long time to come.
    The new focus seems to be an excellent vehicle.

    Haven't spent much time under them so its hard to say for sure, but my buddy has one and he seems to like it.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    The new focus seems to be an excellent vehicle.

    Haven't spent much time under them so its hard to say for sure, but my buddy has one and he seems to like it.
    I think we got a pretty good deal. She's thrilled and now I don't have to worry about her car exploding every time she drives to work.
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