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.
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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 oneFeb 252
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- LinkedIn stuffy🐷Consider a used model S.
(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.
- - 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.
- Airbnb NxptngzfwMy 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
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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.
- 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?
- 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
- Amazon / ProductAmznnnGo up a class, but not luxury. Check out Infiniti Q50 or Acura TL. Won’t break the bank and nice upgrade from a Honda.
- Pharmacyclics WXbV35Depends 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.