Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:31 PM
Posted 10 August 2010 - 05:12 PM
get something you feel comfortable driving in - it's a big purchase and you'll spend alot of time in it, so make sure it's something you 'feel' right in.
if you get something that looks really nice, you'll be pressured to spend lots of time keeping it nice. if you get something that already has some scratches and dents, you won't be freaked out when you scrape it against a fence or sideswipe the mailbox.
take it for a test drive and get out of the car once the engine is warm, while it's running. look underneath for leaking stuff ( besides the AC that should leak water out of the tailpipe ). groan about anything wrong with it; get the dealer to take the price down or fix it. if your family has a mechanic you trust, test drive the car to the mechanic's and let him look it over for you. most dealers should be OK with you doing that 0 if they're not OK with you having a mech look at it, don't trust them.
get a stick shift if you can drive one. most used cars are near needing a new transmission -- a clutch is alot cheaper to replace than an automatic transmission, + you get better mileage with a stick, you can roll start it if your battery dies, it's more fun, and you'll be less likely to try texting or talking on your ### phone while you're driving, because you need two hands to shift gears and steer. srsly, don't even answer the #### phone while you're driving.. please??
my first car was a 68 VW beetle =D
cost $300, drove it for 2 years before i put in in a ditch on slick roads. well, greasy shoes slipped off the brake.. moral is if you wash dishes, change your shoes before you drive home. other moral is don't skimp on tires. tires = very important.
well good luck!
i wouldn't go looking for something in particular being your first car - just go looking for what's in your price range, and test drive at least 3-5 different things before you decide. after you've had a few cars you'll know better just what particular car you would want..
PS figure i should leave a stupid comment too --
get a new $40,000 STI
Posted 10 August 2010 - 05:57 PM
Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:36 AM
can never go wrong with an early 90's F-150 truck, see avatar. Not the best on fuel milage but it will take you anywhere you need to go.
unless mpg, comfort, seating for more than 2 ppl or handling are important to you. also if you ever have to have a kid in a car seat, you have to have a back seat.
not that there's not a place and time for truck - it's just not 'perfect' for all occasions and all ppl.. no car is.
i still say test drive at least 5 different vehicles before you choose something. if you want to see fuel economy, safety testing or anything else for different vehicles, look them up on cars.com -- but most important is that you feel comfortable sitting in and handling whatever you end up with. heck test drive 15 cars. the more experience you get with more types of vehicles, the better you will be able to make a decision.
also, get a new 4 door maserati.
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