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What's an ideal car for a first-time car buyer?

 
 
Reply Sun 24 Apr, 2011 01:18 am
I never had my own car before. What's an ideal car to get for a first-time car buyer? I am an artist, so I want something with enough room to carry supplies and materials in. I do not care about extra features- I am old school. I don't want something too expensive. Please help. Thank you. I know you have to do research on cars with Consumer Reports. I own a copy of No-Brainers For Buying A New Car on VHS which I am going to look at.
 
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 24 Apr, 2011 05:38 am
Is anyone else here in the market for a new or used car?
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 06:11 pm
What kind of car would you suggest?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 06:17 pm
@JGoldman10,
Have you considered any of the hatchbacks on the market?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 06:19 pm
@ehBeth,
What's a hatchback?
Crazielady420
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 06:48 pm
@JGoldman10,
http://www.digalist.com/list/280

This provides a list of reliable cars

I have had a saturn, pontiac and toyota... Saturn was fine, pontiac tended to have issues and I haven't hand any issues with toyota but they have had a lot of recalls lately.

Good Luck
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2011 11:05 pm
@ehBeth,
I want a NO-FRILLS car- one without a whole bunch of extra features. I don't want an expensive car. I am looking at used cars. What kind would you recommend?
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:47 am
@JGoldman10,
What is your budget?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:49 am
@JGoldman10,
Quote:
I own a copy of No-Brainers For Buying A New Car on VHS which I am going to look at.

I suggest a Yugo to go along with your VHS tape on buying cars.
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 07:59 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

I want a NO-FRILLS car- one without a whole bunch of extra features. I don't want an expensive car. I am looking at used cars. What kind would you recommend?

You don't want a car JG.

Car -
$75 - $150 a month for insurance
$1000-$2500 a year for upkeep and maintenance on a used car.
$25-$100 a month for gas - depending on driving
$150-$500 per month for car payment if you get a loan.
Parking costs unless you have access to free parking at all times.


A simple used car will cost you about $200 per month at minimum not counting major repairs, parking tickets, and all the other unexpected costs.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:02 am
@sozobe,
I am assuming most people don't pay more than $2000 for a new car if they want to save money if they are a first time car buyer. I'm looking for a car that's $2000 or less.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:10 am
@JGoldman10,
OK, that helps.

It can be done but it's hard to find something that is good quality.

I just did a quick search on "autotrader.com" and it looks like hatchbacks circa late 80's/ early 90's would be in that price range.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:14 am
@sozobe,
there's a local website for my area:

Usedcarkings.com

Maybe they can help.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:21 am
@JGoldman10,
Sure, go for it.

I agree with parados that you should budget in repairs when you buy a car in that price range though.

We got a car for right around there about four years ago, it worked OK but needed repairs fairly frequently and just died a permanent death (we donated it to Goodwill). And it was a very good car for that price range (sold to us for less than it was worth by a friend who is a mechanic).
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:25 am
@sozobe,
I have to do research on cars first. I need a copy of Consumer Reports to get whatever info about the type of car I want to get first. What about the MSRP?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:46 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

I have to do research on cars first. I need a copy of Consumer Reports to get whatever info about the type of car I want to get first. What about the MSRP?

If you are buying a car for $2000 the MSRP is no longer a factor.
MSRP is for NEW cars and would factor into cars a couple of years old if you are buying used as a comparison.

At $2000 you will be buying a car that is 8-10 years old with 100,000 miles on it. You should plan on spending the money to have a mechanic look it over before you buy. No sense buying a car that needs brakes, tires or a head gasket the minute you take possession. Spend the money to get the compression checked on the car before you buy.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:50 am
What's the cheapest price you can pay for a new car? Can you buy one for a few hundred?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 08:54 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

What's the cheapest price you can pay for a new car? Can you buy one for a few hundred?

GIYF....


(Google is your friend!!!!!)

Try typing in "cheapest new car". It's an easy search. I get a site that lists the top 15 cheapest new cars for 2011. I'll bet you get something similar. Unless of course you only get porn sites.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2011 11:16 am
@JGoldman10,
Do you want it to run?

If not, then yes, you can get it for a few hundred.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 01:56 pm
I recall watching Standard Deviants' No Brainers For Buying a New Car- a number of years back before I got it on video. They said in the program you can get the car dealer to sell you a car for much less then the MSRP. Why wouldn't I need to be concerned about that if I am buying a user car?
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