First Car




 
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December 12th, 2004  
EagleZtrike
 
 

Topic: First Car


What first car would you recommend buying or did you have or do you have? Pictures would be great
December 12th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
With the price of gas these days? Get a hybrid or anything that is extremely fuel efficient. And damn me for saying that, cuz I love a powerful automobile ... Mini cooper is prolly one of the best quality for the price in the category.

You buying new or used?
December 12th, 2004  
egoz
 
Problems with hybrids is that they're expensive. Go ahead and price them, you'll see that they get pretty high up there. Not only that they're ugly, at least most of the ones I've seen. Toyota is making some popular models into hybrids though, like the RX 400h, and some other one (the name escapes me at the moment). Honda has made a Civic hybrid that doesn't look like crap either.

If you want something fuel efficient then there is stuff like the Scion, Toyota Echo, Honda Civic (I only mention it because it's an obvious choice, but I hate that car with a passion), VW Jetta, Mini Cooper, or the Ferrari F430. Oh wait, that's just on my Christmas list . I tried to mention cars that had some style to them. If it were my choice I'd get the Cooper S. That thing is a beauty at the autocross meets, and it doesn't eat up gas.

My first car was an SUV, so there goes the fuel economy part. It was actually an Isuzu Rodeo. I did a little bit of off roading in that thing, it wasn't anything hardcore, but it got me where I needed to go. No problems with it except a minor issue with the rear glass latch. Then about the same time I had a VW Jetta. That was great until the battery exploded and the electronics took a crap on me. It was a brand new car ('99) and the thing was going nuts. The radio would turn on when I locked the doors and weird stuff like that. I got rid of that thing in a hurry, and found me a BMW
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December 12th, 2004  
Locke
 
 
in all seriousness, get a little rust bucket (well ok maybe not) which you can afford to have a few accidents in and it wont cost you too much to fix. the worst thing you could do is buy a new-ish car, you have to accept the fact that you are going to have an accident or two while you are learning and its best to try and cut the ammount of money you spend.
secondly, look for a car with good fuel economy. we dont want you spending all your hard earned just getting from point A to B
third, find a car which is the right size for you. there is nothing worse than driving a car which is way too bug and it messes with your spatial abilties
December 12th, 2004  
Trevor
 
I agree with Locke. If it drives, buy it. Older crappier cars also have lower insurance rates.
December 12th, 2004  
egoz
 
I think we should get more information from you actually. Is this going to be the first car you purchase? I assumed you already had driving experience. Accidents happen, but they are a lot less likely if you have experience. Or is this a first car you will ever drive? If that's the case then go with something used. Used cars will have lower insurance rates and can sometimes be cheaper to fix. It depends on the car. The draw back to used vehicles is that the safety equipment isn't as advanced compared to newer cars. The seats won't have whiplash protection for one, airbags might be an option (they are standard on pretty much all new cars), side airbags and head airbags probably won't be an option. The way I see it, a new Scion can be bought for around $10k, a little more than a used car. But with it you get all the modern safety equipment, and a pretty low insurance cost since the parts aren't too hard to replace. But still the whole insurance thing depends on you.
December 12th, 2004  
AussieNick
 


Get a Holden VL Commodore. Cheap, and everybody has owned one at some stage of their lives. Commonly driven by teenagers who have just got their licence. Parts are $2 a dozen, and chances are it'll get stolen by the time your bored with it.

December 12th, 2004  
Trevor
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieNick
chances are it'll get stolen by the time your bored with it.
[sarcasm]You'd make a great car salesman![/sarcasm]
December 13th, 2004  
egoz
 
he has an american flag, so i'm guessing he lives in the US. if that's the case i haven't seen any holdens around.
December 13th, 2004  
ACTaFOOL82
 
 
If you're from America, first off count out imports. Were fighting a war support our economy not Japans. With that cleared up, I suggest a new or used Ford Taurus, Chevy Cavalier/ Malibu, or Dodge Neon, those are perfect fuel efficient cars for a beginner.

If your looking for a truck, the Dodge Dakota, or Ford Ranger are great. My dad and me buy, sell, fix, and restore cars, and those are very reliable good choices.