I want to buy a pre-owned car and choose to upgrade later because this is the first time I drive so I'm not sure what I will like about it.
Looking for a safe, reliable, low-maintenance-cost car model. Budget is about 5k but it can go up to 10k if worthy.
Any recommendation is welcome.
- rule of thumb: Japanese brand (except for Nissan, unreliable) under 6yo, under 75k miles.
Honda, Toyota, Mazda. Luxury brands out of the price range.
Civic, Corolla, mazda3 should fit the bill.
More expensive options are according, Camry, Mazda6, maybe smaller SUVs.
Adventurous minds may consider Hyundai, at that age it should be dirt cheap. "10y power train warranty" is for the first owner only IIRC, otherwise it is 5y. So the resale price drops accordingly.
Either way be prepared to pay for small repairs and maintenance - air-conditioner not blowing cold air, breaks, battery, tires, small oil drips etc.
Make sure car has 60k service done and all required things replaced already, tires in decent shape to last 1.5-2 years etc.
- Don't buy something cheap unless you want to find out what all things break in a car, where are all the nearest mechanics and often end up there instead of reaching where you wanted to go when you started from home.
Buy a cheap new or relatively new car like ford focus/elantra/versa, etc.
- OP is a new driver.
I'd better buy used and sell it in 2-3 years to buy something better (if it is not totalled by then ;)
It won't be as painful (morally and financially) when OP scratches it because of some stupid mistake in underground parking, or damages it in a small accident. As long as it drives and safe enough in accidents.
In 2-3 years OP will know what s/he wants from the car and can buy a better one with much lower chances of getting into an accident.
- Yeah, right.
Go find a one year old car going from 17k to 9k. I'll buy it from you.
More realistic is you can buy it for 15k and it will be worth 13k.
Your 6k civic may have some problem you need to bring into a mechanic for 1k a year. Imagine dealing with all that when you are trying to grow as a new grad.Nov 211
- AMD 5nmmore+1 for a used Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. (Mazda 3 will cost you the least.)
- I would recommend something small and with good visibility out of the car. Try things like an old rav4, crv.