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Buying a new car - where to start You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13

I thought I knew what I wanted but now I have no idea what kind of car I want. I know I don't want to spend more than $16,000 but as far as makes and models go I really don't know what to look for. I've driven a Pontiac Grand Am and a Mazda Protege and they were both decent cars. I think I want something different though but seriously have no idea where to start.



What do you guys drive? How do you like it?

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
3rd Jan '13

2010 Hyundai Elantra
Bought it brand new. LOVE IT!
My biggest thing when we were looking for a new car was safety standards and warranty. Hyundai has the best warranty.
We went to several dealerships with cars in mind, and test drove them. If it was a used car (we looked online at dealer sites) we tried to get a carfax report for it.

Chellie 3 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4816 posts
3rd Jan '13

We bought a 2012 Jeep Patriot in August. Spent 19k on it after everything was said and done. We love it though. A little tight with the infant carrier carseat but once he is forward facing it will be great. A lot of leg room in the back seat for adult. Cargo space is OK and it works for what we need plus if we really needed the rear seat folds down.

Monica♥YASDYARDFR 17 kids; Beverly Hills, California 57087 posts
3rd Jan '13

I have a Nissan Rogue and I love it. It does great on gas mileage and gives more space than a car. I also thought about getting an Altima but went with the Rogue because at the time there were alot of rebates on it.

likely..2..snap!! Due June 21; 3 kids; 3 angel babies; San Jose, California 4602 posts
3rd Jan '13

I love my odyssey but before that I had a jeep and loved it too. The only dislike was gas driving my jeep.

loser mom Due June 24 (twins); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, Norway, ,,, Europe 11507 posts
3rd Jan '13

Did you want a brand new car? Even "cheap" cars (a Ford Focus for example) are still going to be around 20-25 brand new. I would also recommend saving up money for a down payment - at least several hundred dollars, maybe even a thousand or so.

I have a Volvo... I love it, but it's very expensive to maintain. An oil change cost around $70.

EasyComeEasyGo 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Maryland 8035 posts
3rd Jan '13

Just bought a brand new 2013 chevy sonic. the sedan version. we LOVE it! Very fuel efficient, and I love all the upgrades :)

We spent 16k

You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting Regina George:" I have a Nissan Rogue and I love it. It does great on gas mileage and gives more space than a car. I ... [snip!] ... a car. I also thought about getting an Altima but went with the Rogue because at the time there were alot of rebates on it. "

I'm looking at a New 2012 Nissan Sentra for $16,000. I've only known one person with a Nissan and he loved it.

You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting loser mom:" Did you want a brand new car? Even "cheap" cars (a Ford Focus for example) are still going to be around ... [snip!] ... even a thousand or so. I have a Volvo... I love it, but it's very expensive to maintain. An oil change cost around $70. "

SO has a Volvo right now...it's god awfully old though.



I'll probably end up buying used. I have seen a few used with really low mileage under my price range.

Jessica♡ 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 6939 posts
3rd Jan '13

I drive tons so we are getting a 2013 Kia Soul. They are super roomy and great on gas.

You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting EasyComeEasyGo:" Just bought a brand new 2013 chevy sonic. the sedan version. we LOVE it! Very fuel efficient, and I love all the upgrades :) We spent 16k"

I don't think I've ever heard of the Sonic. *goes to look*



I originally wanted a Chevy Equinox, but I don't think I'll get a good enough used one for my price range. They all have way too much mileage.

Monica♥YASDYARDFR 17 kids; Beverly Hills, California 57087 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting You're not my demographic:" I'm looking at a New 2012 Nissan Sentra for $16,000. I've only known one person with a Nissan and he loved it.



The dealership we purchased the car from also had a great and reasonably priced service center. You could probably find a brand new 2012 Sentra in your price range. All of the dealerships are trying hard to push out the 2012s right now.

EasyComeEasyGo 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Maryland 8035 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting You're not my demographic:" I don't think I've ever heard of the Sonic. *goes to look* I originally wanted a Chevy Equinox, but ... [snip!] ... a Chevy Equinox, but I don't think I'll get a good enough used one for my price range. They all have way too much mileage."


That is the car I will eventually get! That or the Chevy Traverse.

the sonic is a fairly new version, I believe!

You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting Regina George:" The dealership we purchased the car from also had a great and reasonably priced service center. You could ... [snip!] ... find a brand new 2012 Sentra in your price range. All of the dealerships are trying hard to push out the 2012s right now. "


Yeah that's one thing I have going for me. I don't need it to be the newest model year, that's for sure.

You're not my demographic 1 child; Wisconsin 26883 posts
3rd Jan '13
Quoting EasyComeEasyGo:" That is the car I will eventually get! That or the Chevy Traverse. the sonic is a fairly new version, I believe!"


It looks nice from what I see on the website. I am a little weary of buying newer cars though that haven't been out for a lot of model years. They tend to have issues in the first couple of years. How long have you had yours? Any issues?