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!!
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!
〉 Answered on Oct 18th, 2006 by Heather Conary, Founding Partner at ID Communications, a division of Illumination Design
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
〉 Answered on Oct 18th, 2006 by Jamey Wozniak, Owner and CEO at Joe's Hitch, Trailer & Truck Accessories