Car went crunch. Help me find a new one quick!
March 24, 2014 8:32 PM Subscribe
Was in awful car accident yesterday. Good news - walked away without a scratch. Bad news - car is now a paperweight. Help me find a new vehicle? Details within.
posted by terrierhead to Travel & Transportation (30 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was part of a multi-car wreck yesterday and have less than a week to find a replacement. The car that went crunch was a 2003 Nissan Sentra. It blew a head gasket before 100,000 miles and failed to deploy airbags even though it was totalled in yesterday's collisions, so I'm not big on Nissans right now.
My priorities are safety, reliability and fuel economy. Price is a biggie, too. So far, I have failed in all attempts to win the lottery. I went to CarMax today and test drove a few cars. The Hyundai Sonata and its hybrid version are now on my short list, but it's only Monday and I have a few days to choose. I have bad luck but awesome credit, so I'll qualify for any special financing offers.
A complicating factor is the fact that, although I'm average height, my partner is 6'5", so a lot of economy cars just won't work. The Toyota Corolla got eliminated from consideration because he just couldn't fit. We have a pair of taller-than-average little boys, and need enough leg room to accommodate them, too.
What are your thoughts, Askme? Is CarMax the devil, as my parents would have me believe? Am I better off going with used or new? Any thoughts on Sonatas (of the car kind)? Words of wisdom?