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Hi, My name is April Jackson. I am an undergraduate student who will be buying her first automobile soon. I do not want to buy a car that is unreliable,expensive, or imperfect for me. Can you please advise me on a affordable dealership for first time buyers? If so, what would be a good car to save my pennies for. Thanks for this site. It was just what the doctor ordered!!

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Heather Conary, Founding Partner  at ID Communications, a division of Illumination Design Toyota's new Scion brand is reasonably well-priced. They have three models: two are funkier styled (xA and xB), one is a more traditional car (tC). They have very low MSRPs, with lots of options for customizations (interior lighting, body modifications, etc.) Good luck finding the car for you! Heather

Jamey Wozniak, Owner and CEO at Joe's Hitch, Trailer & Truck Accessories Hi April, I understand your situation, first don't buy on impulse, and NEVER buy a flood damaged or previously totaled vehicle. 1.] Figure out your budget - don't be car poor. Usually one weeks pay is the maximun payment your should consider. 2.] No matter what used car you find, ALWAYS have it checked by a ASE certifeid technician. No just a quick walk around - but the full once over. 3.] Remember to figure on your insurance, maintenance and gasoline costs. 4.] As for choosing a good dealer - use the Better Business Bureau and ask friends for advice and their stories. 5.] As for car choices - stay away form the obsucure and odd models as they cost more to repair and insure. Look a the Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry, and similar cars. Avoid cars with 2 star crash test ratings and cars without airbags and ABS brakes. Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

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