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Old 12-09-2016, 05:37 PM
 
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TX, FL, AZ, OK cities I think are all sprawled out. I think North Carolina has some more urban cities that are more affordable with decent bus systems. Austin I think has an ok bus system too.
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Old 12-09-2016, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Then I either need to live someplace warmer, or I need to find a vehicle that's not too much of a burden. So much for the fun of riding a bike.

I still need to figure out what vehicle that would be, though. I don't want to make down payments on some expensive car just to not be able to find a job that can pay for both a place to live, groceries, AND my vehicle, and then end up in a situation where I get delinquent debts, a bad credit score AND not have a vehicle, and then be forced to move to another place or move back home. I also don't want to get a bad used vehicle that leads to me spending most of my time and money getting repairs for it.

I'm almost tempted to choose where I move to live based on whether or not if I can use a bicycle or moped there, but that's silly because this isn't Western Europe, and almost every place in the U.S. requires a car, and assuming that I can actually stay with my aunt, living in Toledo is a very hard thing to pass up.

I'm thinking that for a place like Ohio in the winter, and just my general preference, I would want a small SUV, but I've never seen a small SUV other than those Jeep Wranglers from the 90s, and I hear those breakdown all the time, and I don't want a full-sized SUV because those are gas-guzzlers.

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Old 12-09-2016, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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In over 40 years in Denver, I never needed 4WD. If it were me, I'd get a little Honda or Toyota with front wheel drive and have an independent mechanic inspect it. They'll go for a few hundred thousand miles and they're not overly expensive to fix. Easier on gas than an SUV, a smaller cabin to heat and cool, and a trunk where thieves can't see your belongings.
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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If only I could afford to live in Denver or some place like it and find a job. I wouldn't mind going back to Colorado.

Any specific model? I see some 2000s Honda Civics used for under $5,000 that actually look pretty nice. It's no SUV, but it'll get me to where I need to go while looking half-decent.
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I've had a Civic and a Camry--both good cars. They've been in production a long time and they're common models, making it easier to get parts. The back seat folds down on both, making more cargo room if you need it.

Somebody broadsided the Civic when I'd had it for three years. I've got just over 100,000 miles on the Camry. It's needed the brakes worked on, some suspension work, a new alternator last year, and new tires a few years ago. Nothing drastic. I've had the oil changed every 3,000 miles and I don't drive it like I stole it, which helps.
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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OP, I like your Toledo idea, but I just want to put out there a little nugget for anybody else in a similar situation.

Cheyenne, Wyoming.

3.8% unemployment rate.
1 bedroom rents as low as $515 (I was there yesterday, found long lists of cheap apartments there)
1.5 hours from Denver. 45 min from Fort Collins.

Windy as all hell, but you can't have everything.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:53 PM
 
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I'll note that I just helped a young relative buy a car for $1500. It was an older car (early 2000s), but had decent miles (less than 120k) and a good engine/transmission.

You can find a decent car that will get you around for a few years at least in Toledo that is less than $3k.
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Old 12-12-2016, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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I'll keep both Toledo and Cheyenne in mind for after NCCC, but I think I may just see if I can join the military instead. I'm not counting on it, but it really is my most straight-forward option.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I wouldn't move unless you are gonna have a roommate. When I moved from home, I was in a relationship with someone and moved in with them. It woulda been extremely difficult on my own. I'd save up more than 700.00. Try to aim for a little over 1,000.

I live in Denton, TX and its pretty affordable here. I pay a little over 500 a month but its split with 3 people for my place. When I moved to Denton, I didn't have a job, its hard to get a job in a city you don't live in, but I had paid for my apartment and had help from my parents until I got a job about a month after I moved in, though it was tough for that month.

But really, look for roommates to start off cuz 700 or even 1,000 is not a lot when you're on your own.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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They have a lot of cheap places to live in the USA but 700 dollars will never you nowhere fast even in Alabama or Nebraska or any state that has insanely low rent. Try to save up at least 5-10k before you move to a place. Most states the rent on a one bedroom is about least 600 a month. Trying to help you out, not kill your dreams.
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