Advice on buying a new (slightly used) car.

  • Thriller83

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    Oct 23, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
    So my old car is in need of a new transmission and struts and is about to bite the dust. I am in need of a new one. I actually have $10,000 saved up for a down payment and will get a loan for the rest. I have it narrowed down to 2 choices. A 2013 Honda Civic with 19K miles at $16,995 OR a 2012 Hyundai Elantra with 23k miles at $15,985. Both dealership cars. Both have good ratings from consumer reports. I plan on trading in my old car an getting whatever I can out of it. Which car should I get?
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    Oct 23, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    My last car was a 2001 Toyota Camry XLE V6, bought in 2007 for $7500 cash. Just sold it to my neighbor a couple months ago cause I never drove it anymore and couldn't justify paying insurance for a car I don't use (bicycle is more enjoyable and practical in an urban/suburban environment). It had 200K miles on it, and drove like a brand new car when I sold it cause I just had the engine rebuilt at 150K miles (not to mention kept everything tip top shape)...should last another 100K miles easily.

    Moral of the story: If you have $10K saved up, save part of that and pay cash a GOOD used car. It'll last longer than a new-ish $15K mid-range car.
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    Hondas and Toyotas consistently get the highest marks for reliability and low maintenance in Consumer Reports.
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    Oct 23, 2014 4:47 AM GMT
    probably wouldn't go wrong with either one. Go with the one you like the look/feel/drive of more. which has the features you want? Hyundai is known for dumping tons of fancy bits into cars that cost way less than what it would cost to get the same bits in a competitor's model.
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    Oct 23, 2014 5:13 AM GMT
    I would buy a 2012+ SKYACTIV Mazda3 for that coin.. it has the best MPG and good reliability. You should be able to get one CPO for the same price as the Civic.

    The Elantra has horrible, twitchy electric steering and a poor standard sound system. The civic is gutless and has so so MPG.
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
    not your dad's car; modern cars should last at least 250,000 miles+. Used Honda's are considered premium vehicles cost wise.
    -A car with 20,000 can be considered brand new
    -For research use edmonds.com or fuelly.com/forums
    -get the highest gas millage you can tolerate, vehicle weight, intended use and size has a lot to do with efficiency.
    -buy from a dealer but there are other online methods too.
    -keep it simple, buy a standard with a clutch.


    like every straight girl should have a gay man, every gay man should have a straight guy or lesbian who is into cars.
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    Oct 23, 2014 2:10 PM GMT
    pellaz saidnot your dad's car; modern cars should last at least 250,000 miles+. Used Honda's are considered premium vehicles cost wise.
    -A car with 20,000 can be considered brand new
    -For research use edmonds.com or fuelly.com/forums
    -get the highest gas millage you can tolerate, vehicle weight, intended use and size has a lot to do with efficiency.
    -buy from a dealer but there are other online methods too.
    -keep it simple, buy a standard with a clutch.


    like every straight girl should have a gay man, every gay man should have a straight guy or lesbian who is into cars.


    Or the rare "gay guy who's into cars without being a lesbian about it"