Buying my first car soon. Please point me in the right direction.
January 6, 2014 11:58 AM Subscribe
I am eligible to take my road test next month and, assuming a pass, would like to begin the process of purchasing a car a few months after that. I never got a walk-through with my parents, so I would like your advice specifically on the initial purchase and care of a FIRST car.
posted by one of these days to Travel & Transportation (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
There are many articles on the internet, but most of them are so vague as to be unhelpful. I am the kind of person who researches stuff like this a lot, but I am finding it hard to get from general advice to specific advice. I am also a little late on getting my license (25), so a lot of stuff aimed at teenagers doesn't work 100% for me.
I would love to be able to go up to a dealership and say "it's my first time, please show me what's good" although I feel like that would be like a limping gazelle wandering right into a pack of hyenas.
What should I be valuing in a first car - should I look right away into something that keeps its value well, or just get a cheap thing for kijiji? (I suspect a cheap one would lead to me throwing money into the void for insurance/repairs/fuel...) Which brands are reliable? Which are hit-and-miss? What sorts of things should I initially avoid? Do you have any advice on how not to get screwed over that may not be immediately obvious?
I would very much appreciate links or references to resources that offer unbiased and detailed information on specific cars (prices and specs). A glossary of common terms certainly would be nice as well - I would like to know what the specs actually "mean." (By way of analogy, I am a tech junkie and I know which brands are good at which things for parts of a computer, how having more RAM or a larger bus will affect performance, etc., and I would like the same feel with cars.)
Any input, links, or advice is appreciated.