In a little while I will be old enough to
drive a car. What are some good
starter recommendations for a first
car? (Spending limit $6,000)
An older Camry or Accord is my recommendation. Factor in insurance which at your age is a HUGE expense.
Normally a older Toyota, Mazda, most American cars will do good. If you want an honest opinion, get a panther platform car (ford crown Vic, Lincoln town car, mercury grand marquis, Mercury marauder) pretty heaving Cars that will keep you safe in the case of a crash and parts are pretty cheap for the crown Vic and grand marquis.
Have been looking at crown vics, but also need a car good on gas.
I have a town car which is about 600 pounds heavier then a crown Vic. I get around 17-18 with mixed highway and residential driving. It’s not too bad. If you live in a place that gets snow, they do very good snow donuts ;)
Most first time buyers tend not to consider impending repairs, initial check-up, and that first jolt from taxes & insurance. I'll assume you have, and have arrived at a purchase price maximum of $6,000. Before you plunk down that cash, have any car you're considering checked out by a good mechanic; his review will show you the true condition of a potential purchase and will help you avoid getting scammed. My first car was a "57 Chevy, but that was when there wasn't much that could go wrong with a car. Don't get your head turned by the sporty lines of a Charger or the cuteness of a Mini; they are consistently terrible cars. Modern cars are fraught with potential troubles & expenses from the systems built into them. Look at reviews on line, especially Consumer Reports list of Most Reliable Cars..... You'll always remember your first car and you'll want to make that a positive memory. Set your goals on aesthetically pleasing, reliable transportation that's easy and inexpensive to maintain. Any Toyota or Honda fits that, and many Mazda's. Pass on any car that seems questionable in the least, and wait for that "diamond-in-the-rough." Make your first purchase a great car at a great price, and a well thought-out decision.
Grandmothers are a great source for a first car.
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