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First car recommendation, used one, 5k budget

Microsoft dhu7c
Nov 13

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.

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  • Microsoft Read this:
    Corolla
    Nov 131
    • Amazon / ITTrying2018
      Corolla was my first, still running, no maintenance cost
      Nov 13
  • Salesforce / EngLorry Rage
    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.
    Nov 130
  • Microsoft / Engkejriwal
    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.
    Nov 138
    • Salesforce / EngLorry Rage
      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.
      Nov 13
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      Elantra GT is a very nice ride, handles great, powerful. When he is a better driver he will still love it.
      Nov 21
    • Salesforce / Engboohoohooh
      By the time he'll become better driver the car may end up scratched or dented multiple times, or even totalled.
      For a new driver the car should be reasonably safe, cheap, and more or less reliable.
      Nov 21
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      10 year powertrain warranty, what do you not like about it.
      Nov 21
    • Salesforce / Engboohoohooh
      It does not help with resale price of a car after couple of accidents.
      10years only for the first owner IIRC.
      By the time power train warranty expires owner will have enough other problems. It's Hyundai after all.
      Nov 21
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      Hyundai with 10 year warranty is a lot less trouble than a 5 year old used car out of warranty, then having to trade in and find another one in 3 years.

      Use the time to meet code and make more money instead.

      BTW Hyundai these days are more reliable than Nissan.
      Nov 21
    • Salesforce / Engboohoohooh
      You are missing the point.
      17k fo it now. It will be worth 9k in a year without accidents.
      New driver is not likely to get accidents.
      So now it is 7k.
      That minus 10k in a year.
      If you buy used Civic for 6k and sell it with all scratches for 4k you'll be at minus 2k.
      Nov 21
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      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 21
  • New ktFx33
    Japanese
    Nov 138
    • Juniper Nishit
      Many Japanese branded cars like Toyota, Honda, Nissans are built here in the United States.
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft / Engkejriwal
      Shit In Name 😂😂
      Nov 14
    • Juniper Nishit
      Glad you like my name!
      Nov 14
    • Microsoft / Engkejriwal
      Didn't like your name, just found it full of shit 😂😂
      Nov 19
    • Juniper Nishit
      I’m full of shit until I take a dump and overflow your toilet. 🤣🤣🤣
      Nov 19
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      Stay away from Nissan and Mitsubishi, they are worse than many American and Korean these days.
      Nov 21
    • Juniper Nishit
      Should I stay away from Suzuki and Daihatsu in addition to Nissan and Mitsubishi? :)
      Nov 21
    • Amazon / Eng多撚餘
      Daihatsu isn't in the US, nor Suzuki.
      Nov 21
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    +1 for a used Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. (Mazda 3 will cost you the least.)
    Nov 141
    • Microsoft dhu7c
      OP
      I check the price of used civic. Its consistently deprecates 2k a year so i better buy a new one at 19k and sale it later
      Nov 14
  • Workday / Productf35
    Surprised I dint see a “TC or GTFO” here.
    Nov 130
  • eBay Rocketed
    Toyota or Honda.
    Nov 130
  • Google AWASU7
    Nissan leaf would be 7k for good used one. Downside is range is like 50-70miles
    Nov 130
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    Saturn4Life
    Nov 130
  • New / Eng
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    You will not find a prius that is worth it for thay amount, even the 10k.

    Try a cheaper import like a Honda or something along those lines. Or could go older for something more solid and metal.

    First cars usually end up beat up or crashed so don't invest too much into it
    Nov 130
  • Amazon / Engamznminion
    I would recommend something small and with good visibility out of the car. Try things like an old rav4, crv.
    Nov 134
    • Microsoft dhu7c
      OP
      Should I consider smaller model like hrv? Im single so crv or rav4 maybe a little big for me
      Nov 13
    • Amazon / Engamznminion
      Not a bad choice, but definitely recommend a crossover for first timers.
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft dhu7c
      OP
      May i know the good things behind?
      Nov 13
    • Amazon / Engamznminion
      Just better visibility, it’s easier to mentally position your car if it’s taller. And crossovers are safer for the passengers, but also proven kills more pedestrians
      Nov 13
  • Corolla. There is a reason why many driver's ed use them.
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  • IBM / Engtrcy
    You are working and this is the first time you are driving!!!
    Nov 210
  • Microsoft Shxhebxj
    I don’t recommend used car to a first time owner. Use finance option and buy a new one. Japanese brands are safest. Civic is good but has very small gas tank (need to fill up quite often).
    Nov 130
  • Civic or corolla
    Nov 130
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    Civic
    Nov 130
  • OpenDoor carl23
    Prius
    Nov 130

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