Author Topic: Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help  (Read 1109 times)

SofiaBourbon

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Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:21:21 AM »
Hi All,

Currently, I drive a very old SUV and I want to replace it with a smaller car. I would like to take this car (used/new) a cross the country drive from the east coast to the west coast and back and planning to keep it until it dies; just like I have done with the SUV.

1. What should I look for?
2. What would be a realist budget for it?
Not sure what else to ask since I just started. I am planning to get AAA in case something was to go wrong during the drive.
3. Should I get it this year or in January? what's the difference? I heard that if you get it in the new year you don't have to pay taxes until the end or beginning of the year after the car was bought (not sure about this statement)
4. Any other things I should be considering?

Thank you for your help! 

craiglepaige

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Re: Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2014, 06:29:31 AM »
Well the main thing we would need to know is your budget and how much actual space do you need?
Also, would you consider hybrids, eletrics, diesels or just the good old gas engine?

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SofiaBourbon

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Re: Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 10:42:52 AM »
Hi Craiglepaige,

Thank you for the follow up, see my answers below.

1. Budget: $10,000 - Less would be great but not sure if realistic
2. Good Old Gas would be fine

craiglepaige

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Re: Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 11:27:52 AM »
Not knowing how big of a car you need, I'm only spitballin here, so consider that when looking at more info online. For less than $10k, you can easily find realiable and economical cars, mainly those from the Japan automakers.

Here's a short list. All 2004 and newer and all will last a lifetime if maintained properlly.

Honda Fit - Hatch
Honda Civic - 2dr/4dr.

Toyota Yaris - Hatch/2dr.
Toyota Corolla - 4dr.

Mazda 2 - Hatch
Mazda 3 - 4dr/Wagon

Nissan Versa - Hatch
Nissan Sentra - 4dr.

Kia - Rio Wagon(Korean but a great quality car)
Hyundai - Accent Wagon(Hyundai owns Kia  so the same goes)

I would do some searching online but those are good gas mileage cars with great quality. I like Japanese cars, so another member could chime in on any domestic choices.

Here's a good link with info:
http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/used/2010-affordable-small-cars/
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Re: Looking for a Car in the New year but I need your help
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 11:37:37 AM »
Hi Craiglepaige,

Thank you for the follow up, see my answers below.

1. Budget: $10,000 - Less would be great but not sure if realistic
2. Good Old Gas would be fine

You should be able to get a well cared for Prius for that much.