Used car suggestions, which should I choose?
March 9, 2012 6:39 PM Subscribe
UsedCarFilter: Shopping for a small inexpensive hatchback, <$10k. Have a few models in mind, but looking for more info
posted by photo guy to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been car-free for the last two years and have generally enjoyed it. However, now for various reasons (mostly work-related), taking the bus isn't cutting it anymore and I need to get a car. More than likely it won't be getting too many miles, some occasional commuting but primarily just weekend errands and the like.
Last car I owned was a 2004 Corolla. Great car, never had any issues (and this was back when I commuted 70+ miles/day). Not really looking for another Corolla - would prefer something a bit sportier this time but would still like something halfway reliable that isn't going to constantly be in the shop.
Looking for something small, preferably a hatchback. Aiming for ~$10k or less if possible (so I don't have to take out a loan).
One more twist: I'm moving overseas next year, most likely to Central Europe, and plan to take the car with me. Shipping/registration overseas isn't an issue, but I'd like to get something that can be serviced & replacement parts can be obtained.
What I'm considering so far: 2007 VW Rabbit, Toyota Matrix, Hyundai Accent.
Does anyone have experiences with any of these models? What did you think? So far the Rabbit is my top pick - I like the design (small/compact), it's fun to drive, presumably easier to get replacement parts in Europe, gas mileage is so-so but then again I don't plan to drive it very frequently. But I don't know much about VW's reliability - how well do they hold up? The Matrix also looks promising, but I don't know how popular it is outside of the US. Also open to suggestions of similar models that might be a good choice. Thanks!