Monday, September 04, 2006

I hate cars

So for the past few months I've been casually looking around for a new car. My price range was about 5-7,000 but I wasn't in any rush to buy. I've only been looking on the internet and occasionally if there was something on the side of the road but nothing was catching my eye. I want to have this new car for a while so I want to get something that I actually like. On Friday I found out that I got a pretty decent raise so its been making me think more seriously about purchasing a car. I sat down with my dad on Saturday and he said that he thinks that if I up my price range a little bit, I'll be able to get a much better car and still be able to pay it off in a reasonable time frame. So today (Labor Day) he and I went around to a few lots to see what my options were. I decided that 12,000 was my max... pretty much doubling what I intentional considered spending. I still found nothing!!! Everything we looked at was in the 15-20,000 dollar range and there is no way I can even think about spending that much. I guess all that I accomplished to day was I found out that I HATE CARS!!!

5 comments:

Jake said...

I hate cars too. There's nothing more frustrating that shopping for cars. I know you're not going to like this, and probably won't listen, but you should really, really consider just buying a little cheapy car. I think you can get something decent in the $5000-6000 range. Think about it. If you buy a $10,000 car, you're making your whole life revolve around that car. You'll totally have to change your spending habits and maybe even get a new job just to be able to afford to drive it. And really, its just a car. Nobody cares what kind of car you drive or how cute or nice it is. Really all you need is something you can rely on to get you from home to school to work. You don't want to have this loan hanging over your head for the next 3-7 years just so that you can spend 1 hour of your day in something that you feel is going to make you feel better (or look cooler, or whatever the motivation is). There are so many more important things in life and so many more fun ways to spend money than on a car. I would much rather be able to take my plain (even ugly)-looking car to mexico or san diego every couple months than to have a pretty car that I couldn't afford to have fun in.

If you're still not convinced, keep up search and don't get discouraged. Steer clear of the dealerships and just try the classifieds and craigslist. I saw 2 newer Carolla-S's for less than $10k in the paper today. Sometimes the people with $10k+ cars in the paper are motivated because there aren't that many buyers out there. Most people who spend 10k want the security of a dealership.

Good luck. I've got my eyes open in the tucson market for you.

Emily said...

I'm with Jake. Buy from the classified ads, spend less than 10K. Check everything on the Kelly Blue Book website. Look for old Toyotas or Hondas, etc. with less than 100K miles. We have a Toyota Camry and a Chevy Malibu that run like champs that we paid cash for and got for less than 8K each with low miles. I would have splurged on a Nissan Altima if I had a few thousand more.

Robin said...

Used is the way to go. I have yet to own a new car and I have had great cars. Good luck as the search continues.

Abbie said...

No matter what you spend on a car, don't forget to factor in insurance (look at quotes online - you're insurance *will* go up), registration (always higher on newer/more expensive cars), & repair costs. Plus you'll need new spinners on your tires.

Stephanie said...

good luck, cathy. my advice (not that you asked for it, but everyone else seems to be handing it out, so i figured i would jump on the band wagon), just get a car that YOU like. this is your car and no one else's. so don't worry about what anyone else thinks. i am sure you know how much you can spend. you are a smart, responsible person.