Which car to buy?

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Feb 24 75 Comments

Have to commute 30 miles daily. I live in bay area. Not looking to overspend! What factors should I consider before buying?

This would be my first car ever.

TC: 190k
Age: 24

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  • Oracle 4SedxZ
    Civic or corolla. Not a new one. Get a three year old used one.
    Feb 2427
    • eBay lojojo
      If it’s your first then I would suggest a second hand Honda or Toyota. There is a chance you may scratch since you are just starting to drive and also you will get a sense of what you want to drive, maybe you want a small SUV?
      Feb 24
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      @texan buying a new car is the worst financial decision
      Feb 24
    • Google / EngBiggusD
      Avoid the Corolla if you think of driving as something even remotely enjoyable.
      Feb 24
    • Apple texan
      Ok @suchisl1fe , I will consider my bad life choices when I drive my Lexus to work tomorrow.
      Feb 24
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      ^^ why tomorrow? Start now
      Feb 25
    • Apple texan
      Ok buddy, settle down now. Why don't you go save a penny or two.
      Feb 25
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Apple: I get your point. Let other people voice their opinions. Thanks
      Feb 25
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      My first car was a brand new one. I am talking from a place of lesson learnt

      Anyway to each his or her own
      Feb 25
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Suchisl1fe: What went wrong? Please let me know.
      Feb 25
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      Nothing went wrong. Depreciation

      https://www.carfax.com/blog/car-depreciation

      If you are planning to use your car for a very long time then may be buy new. But even then if you can get a one year old car with extended warranty and can save money why not? One yr old is not too bad compared to a brand new one
      Feb 25
  • New / Eng
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    30 miles commute is a long commute and you should really get a good car. Don't listen to people who says if a car takes you from point A to point B then that is enough -- that argument is valid if you drive few miles every day.

    For a long commute, get a car which can provide comfortable ride -- good shock absorption, stable smooth drive. Generally luxury cars are better at it. It is good that you are looking at A4 (A3 is sub par). Some people suggests buying used car -- but most people don't sell luxury car before 4-5 years. A car from 2012 lacks a lot of desired features.

    Top of the line/fully loaded Camry XSE and Accord are good options. I liked driving Lexus too.
    Everyone who got a Tesla Model 3 seems to be very happy -- so if I can get a model 3 right now, I'd. But I voted for A4 as it is readily available and well trusted.

    Note that, my suggestions are based on 2018 models and from the study I did while I was buying my car. My budget wasn't high so I went for 2018 Chevy Malibu (loaded sports model).

    Get a good car -- you'd thank yourself later.
    Feb 244
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Awesome! Thanks for the comprehensive response. Model 3 is readily available. I was lookinh at a budget of around $25k. Going for model 3 would make it $40k. No clue about resale value too. Would it be wise to wait it out for 2-3 years and then buy model3 ? The only downside is that I'll be driving Honda for age 24-27. That won't be a good impression for the opposite sex, would it?
      Feb 24
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      You want to date girls based on if they like what car you drive?
      Feb 25
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Not that way. But it would be one of the factors, wouldn't it? Honda vs Tesla
      Feb 25
    • Oracle suchisl1fe
      All i am saying is if you want to drive telsa go for it. Don't do it to impress others
      Feb 25
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    Instagrаm

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    I’d go for Hyundai Santa Fe with all options. IMO, the best affordable SUV ever that will serve you for many purposes and many years.
    Feb 244
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Looking for a sedan! Thanks though
      Feb 24
    • Facebook
      Instagrаm

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      Instagrаmmore
      Sedan won’t fit larger items. And the need to drop something quite big in the car comes surprisingly often.
      Feb 24
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Ah! I get your point. I'm just not too comfortable driving a big car everyday.
      Feb 24
    • New / Eng
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      I'm with OP. I hate driving SUV.
      I like Sedan or Coup.
      Feb 24
  • New / EngSharmaG
    Prius with adaptive cruise control for stop and go traffic.
    Feb 242
    • PayPal which
      OP
      No way! But thanks for your comment.
      Feb 24
    • Cisco / Eng8===D☄️☄️
      Even Accord has ACC for stop n go traffic. Meh
      Feb 25
  • LinkedIn stuffy🐷
    Consider a used model S.
    https://www.tesla.com/inventory/used/ms

    (I have no experience buying used model S. But prices seem good)

    Also an EV will save you money especially if your company provides charging.
    Feb 253
    • Amazon / Engn0v
      Model 3 is a much better car than model S, especially the older model S
      Feb 25
    • Google / Eng
      again!

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      again!more
      How?
      Feb 25
    • Amazon / Engn0v
      - better range (compared to just about everything)
      - phone key by Bluetooth
      - voice control that is more reliable
      - more intuitive hand controls on steering wheel (better controls for music, cruise control, voice control)
      - No silly instrument cluster
      - More efficient (less Wh/mile)
      - cheaper to operated since paying for less Wh.
      - only late model 2016.5 have hw for self driving, and probably model 3 will be better for self driving than even 2016.5
      - center console superior
      - standard phone charging ports and phone holder

      Unless you really want the extra capacity of the MS, or you want leather seats, there's few reasons where S is superior.
      Feb 25
  • Airbnb Nxptngzfw
    My tc is 300k. I drive a 17 yr old car with 190k miles on it. It's not even insured so if I wreck it, it's not covered. I only pay for liability insurance (so if I hit someone, their car/health is covered. My health is covered. Not my car tho)
    It's my moms old car that she gave me when I turned 18. Plan on driving it till it doesn't run anymore. No car payment, super cheap insurance. Bank the rest of the cash and save a lot of money. Dont be an idiot and blow a bunch of money on a nice car. Cars a just a tool to get you from point a to point b. As long as it gets you there safely it doesn't matter
    Feb 251
    • New / Eng
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      It matters when the commute is long...
      Feb 26
  • Google RealThKu
    Prius 5 used or Tesla s used
    Feb 240
  • Hyland luuU85
    GT350 R.
    I’ll sound great, eat up the miles so the commute feels like nothing. And both drivers and pedestrians will move out of your way in fear of you hitting them.
    Feb 243
    • New TSApre
      This 👍🏻
      Feb 24
    • Facebook / Eng
      mrballz

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      mrballzmore
      GT350 R commutes exact at the same speed in the bay area as anything else. 3 mph
      Feb 25
    • New TSApre
      Just a lot more fun during leisure travel.
      Feb 25
  • New Lcja21
    Looks like you need to do some research before buying.... There are 3 categories of cars you listed. What do you want/need? Lux compact sedan? Bigger family sedan? Considered SUVs?
    Feb 242
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Need a commute car but not too cheap. Looking to make a decent impression.
      Confused between lux and sedan
      Definitely sedan and no SUV
      Feb 24
    • New Lcja21
      Sedans come in different sizes, from sub compact to large. They also divide into luxury segment (bmw, audi, mercedes and the like)and non-luxury(honda toyota etc) segment. If you want to make an impression I'd choose from luxury segment, and if you just need a commute car then a4 or model 3 would fit that description. Do look into their competition though
      Feb 24
  • Amazon / ProductAmznnn
    Go up a class, but not luxury. Check out Infiniti Q50 or Acura TL. Won’t break the bank and nice upgrade from a Honda.
    Feb 241
    • New / Eng
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      How are Inifiniti and Acura not Luxury?
      Feb 25
  • Pharmacyclics WXbV35
    Depends on your lifestyle and requirements. Also if renting, it’s better to pay more rent and live closer to work rather than drive a luxury car. But that’s just me.
    Feb 241
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Got it! Thanks!
      Feb 24
  • New / ProductYiKT28
    Get an old Honda for cheap. Reliable and low maintenance is perfect for a first car. And if you pick the right car, you can call it a hooptie 😉
    Feb 250
  • Amazon / Engn0v
    Model 3 is a fantastic car. Definitely go for it if it's in your budget and you have access to charging.
    Feb 250
  • eBay bpa free
    Buy a new Honda Civic or Corolla. This way you have a warranty.

    Save your extra money for a down payment on a house some day. Or go on a few international vacations with the money you would have spent on the Tesla or others.
    Feb 240
  • Apple / Product
    P_Maldini

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    P_Maldinimore
    Got my model3 3 months ago. Love it.
    Feb 245
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Awesome! I love it too! What was the onroad price? Is charging a hassle?
      Feb 24
    • The Trade Desk adsadsads
      They'll cut the price soon again so might wait a little. Or buy a used one. Depreciation is insane even factoring in tax credits.
      Feb 24
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Exactly. I think the market is premature to get the resale value data points for Tesla. Even if I wait, what should I do meanwhile? I need a car now :(
      Feb 24
    • The Trade Desk adsadsads
      Carvana has already had Model 3's, try there? Or just wait on EV. Still somewhat early adopter phase. I voted for Mazda6, good balance of out of the ordinary, fun, reliable. 2-3 more years for EV.
      Feb 24
    • PayPal which
      OP
      Carvana tesla model 3 are expensive than tesla.com! 😂😂
      Yeah..mazda or accord is a good option meanwhile
      Feb 24
  • New trGt74
    Subaru Impreza
    Feb 260
  • Ultimate Software JackViii
    User 2013 BMW M5
    Feb 250
  • Pinterest Mlon Eusk
    Tesla!
    Feb 250
  • New G2t5H
    Subaru outback
    Feb 250
  • Glassdoor questionss
    Leaf or bolt
    Feb 250
  • Microsoft / Biz DevMemeGenX
    Buy Japanese upscale (Lexus or Acura) for the reliability, low maintenance, and high resale
    Feb 250
  • Facebook pektok
    Get a model 3 (and maybe a job at a company with free charging, less commute, more TC)
    Feb 240

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