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I am preparing to buy my first new car. what brand and type of car do you suggest in price and quality?
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brookline wrote:

I am preparing to buy my first new car. what brand and type of car do you suggest in price and quality?

Where do you live? City? Suburb? Out in the country? What is your climate like? Snow or no snow?
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Honda civic 2016.
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Do you want gas, electric, or hybrid? SUV, Pickup, or sedan? What size vehicle do you feel comfortable being behind the wheel? Do you want to stay with automatic or do you think you can get away with stick-shift? New or used? Have you looked at any dealerships or lots in your area?

How much money do you have to spend on a car and how much do you feel comfortable spending? How is your credit score now?(keep these answers to yourself)

When I got my first car, the dealer told me most people come in knowing more about the car they are looking for or comparing than he does. Think about what you need and want out of that vehicle, look online at what is available to you and narrow your choices down before going to the dealer or a used lot.
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A fiat :>
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"Quality" is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to modern vehicles. The make and model are hardly of consequence when the parts that go into them are produced all around the world, and often, different makes have parts from the same manufacturers. With that in mind, each is about as likely to fail mechanically as the next. What it comes down to is what you need your vehicle to do. What kind of roadways are you traveling, and is there any intention of off-road or low-maintenance route use? Will you regularly need space for passengers or for transporting large objects? What kind of fuel economy can you afford, and on that same note, what can you afford to spend for a vehicle? How tall are you?

It would benefit you to look around local dealerships and test drive different models that you are interested in.
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Humms wrote:

Honda civic 2016.


*High fives* I'll second this one, love my 2015 Civic.

All seriousness though, depends on what you are looking for in a car.

If you want something cheap that will last forever just get a Civic or a Corolla. Compact cars are also a piece of cake to park, although I'd never buy one if you are over 6 feet or so. I highly doubt my taller/bigger friends could drive my car, although it varies by make and model. I feel like my brothers Corolla has more space on the drivers side, although being short never made a difference to me. Another popular option with compacts would be something like the Mazda 3, I don't know much about its reliability record, but I hear they are fun to drive and look pretty cool. When it comes to compacts seems like the Japanese cars are king.

If you are stuck in the arctic north like me maybe consider a Subaru, I hear the 4WD comes in handy.

If you want something a bit roomer maybe start looking at your midsize car categories or small SUVs (although if gas prices go up again might not be as great of a deal as they currently are)

If you mainly care about status you can take out a loan for an expensive entry level luxury car (although have fun paying for premium gas) and watching its value go down the drain almost instantly.

I'd stay away from hybrids or electrics unless you have a daily commute that is greater than 40 miles each way since anything less you will probably never save enough in gas $ to make up the difference against a traditional gas car.

Final word of advice, if you are short on cash and in no rush, wait for the next clearance sale (President's day I believe). I bought my civic at the end of the year clearance last September when they were getting rid of all of their 2015 models and got 1% APR financing, so basically when you factor in inflation I'm basically borrowing the money for free

In regards to price, if you are looking for a new non-luxury car and want something decent expect to pay anywhere from $18k-23k depending on how many bells and whistles you want.

You could go really cheap and go with a subcompact for like $15k, but they seem like they'd be pretty uncomfortable to commute in.
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Subaru Outback. Best car I've ever owned.
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I love my Nissan Versa & Kia Soul.

I'm not a car guy but they haven't given me any problems....... yet
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Buy a ford, Sailor moon approves of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_M7j5SDtQw

Spez: another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4a9KrtamIs

Actually buy a Subaru, if you can find one, the things last literally forever and no one wants to get rid of theirs. However no one wants to get rid of theirs =/ so its hard to get one.
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brookline wrote:

I am preparing to buy my first new car. what brand and type of car do you suggest in price and quality?


You did not state your budget, body preference, performance preference, or any other necessary features (eg. 4wd/awd, fuel efficiency).

So I'll just throw a random one at you. Honda Civic. It was KBB's 2017 overall winner of the year anyway, and the newer Civics don't look half bad.

If I could convince you to buy a luxury performance car that was 3 to 4 years old instead, I would. You'd be getting it for a comparable price to a brand new economy car; depreciation is a bitch in the first 2 years, and buying the base model with no frills whatsoever is boring.
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You have to tell us your requirements first.

Where do you usually drive, and how far away is it?

What's your budget?

etc etc etc

If you're giving me a blank sheet I'll tell you to get a Ferrari
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