Temporary Car to learn driving?

Amazon lwri07
Jun 16 23 Comments

Living in Seattle I never felt the need to own a car. All that changed when my wife started learning driving.

She wants us to buy a cheap car so that she can learn to drive and then we can buy a good one. I find it too much hassle. I was thinking why not buy the car we like in the first go. Also, my biggest reason to buy a new one is because of all the new safety features it comes with like: blind spot monitoring , lane keep assist etc etc.
Which becomes more important as she will be a new driver.

What do you guys/girls think should we do? Go for a cheap car ( but relatively unsafe ) for an year and then upgrade or get a new one in the first one.

If we buy cheap we will go with 2007+ Honda Fit (7-10K)
If we buy new we will go with 2018 Honda Accord EX. (26K+)

Any help appreciated.

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Microsoft shambu
    Any comment on this thread is useless. We all know OPs wife will make a decision and OP will go with it 😂
    Jun 16 1
  • Apple / Eng Marijuana
    If she has a license, just rent a vehicle for ~25 days and purchase all the insurance. Some of these car rental companies may have discounts for Amazon employees, or wherever your wife works.

    If she doesn't have a license, she should take driving lessons.

    It does not take more than 25 days, including weekend road trips, to learn to drive.
    Jun 16 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    MgIr74

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    MgIr74more
    Get the cheap car so you aren’t upset when it gets scratched and dented. Also 10 year old cars are perfectly safe.
    Jun 16 0
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    Why is cheaper car unsafe? Just curious? Most cars really are just a giant metal encased with airbags in it.

    If you want a temporary car you can consider leasing.
    Jun 16 4
    • Amazon lwri07
      OP
      Relatively unsafe. New cars have some slick tech like forward collision warning, lane keep assist etc. I really liked these features
      Jun 16
    • VMware / R&D lawl
      Newer cars are objectively safer
      Jun 16
    • Lol. Just metal eh.
      Jun 16
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      Sure. Rubber and fake wood.
      Jun 17
  • Apple beffjezous
    Are you asian? 🤦‍♂️
    Jun 16 2
    • VMware / Eng algos
      No doubt about that :/
      Jun 16
    • Amazon Jj2nz8js
      Yes because white people didnt have to take driving lessons in high school /s
      Jun 16
  • Oracle Eli
    I’d recommend buying a used car (< 7 years and 80k miles) that you can own for like 5 years. You are guaranteed to get into a wreck and/or get a major dent given the very tight parking stalls in Seattle (stationary objects has higher chance of causing an accident in your first car than a moving object- You won’t be as bummed when that happens. The safety features you talked about are more expensive to fix when they get damaged).
    Jun 16 0
  • Zillow Group ipoop
    You'll get dents and scratches on the car if you're a new driver. But it really depends on your attitude - of you plan to hold your car until it falls apart rather then upgrade to a new one every 4 years, then just get a car you want.
    Jun 16 0
  • Oracle / Data bendy
    Op go for expensive. If your wife is worried about messing up the car what if she hits a Bugatti. That’s gonna be one expensive bill.

    Just get that accord with all the bells and whistles.
    Jun 17 1
    • Amazon lwri07
      OP
      That’s what I’m thinking there is no price on safety.
      Jun 17
  • SAP RrWs73
    Buy an old Chevy Suburban. Has a lot of mass to handle the inevitable collisions
    Jun 16 1
    • Cisco Hnay279
      big doesn't mean safe... hummers are huge but do poorly in NHSTA crash tests
      Jun 17
  • VMware / Eng algos
    Don't drain your money in the car. If you don't believe in whoever's driving the car buy Tesla for the autopilot, else rest of the cars don't matter much. Maybe choose better built quality of the car body itself than relying on all these software features.
    Jun 16 1
    • VMware / Eng algos
      Additionally buy a certified used car, you don't have to worry much. Yes there's a hassle on finding the right car for you with used cars, but you'll save money. Take this suggestion if you are not rich
      Jun 16
  • Samsung
    chajimogo

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    Temporary car ... how about a Tesla?!! 😅
    Jun 19 0
  • Microsoft quudhwnns
    Buy a small new one such as Honda Civic. Maintaining an used car can be a lot of hassle. That can be quite stressful if you are not familiar with a car. New car is much more fun to drive with all the music and fancy features. Rear view camera makes a huge difference as well. With all the rode rage incidents, you want to minimize any stress.
    Jun 16 0
  • Zillow Group ipoop
    Also, those "safety" features you mentioned just make you lazy and less attentive on the road.
    Jun 16 0