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Old 12-24-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: League City
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Thanks for the advise.

But I'm rather looking for a direct answer rather than any advise, sorry to be rude but I'm in a hurry get done with my apartment & car.
Lots of people on this forum are also in a hurry to for whatever reasons (jobs, families), but they are taking the time to try to assist you. Besides, how is a 3 sentence reply versus a 1 sentence reply going to really impact overall success in finding a car and place to live?
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:28 PM
 
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The problem with Honda or Toyota is that the resale value is so high they cost too much used. You are better off buying one new. I would look for a Ford with good service records. Chevy Impala is also a good choice. Contrary to popular perception, the quality difference between Ford, Chevy and Honda isn't much. It depends more on the model than the make. But used, you can get a lot more Chevy or Ford than Honda or Toyota.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Go to the library and find the April '10 issue of Consumer Reports - on page 78 there is a list of "higher reliability cars" in the $4K to $6K category - also take a peek at the $6-8K category because this list is almost a year old. It give several options...good luck!

Although it seems like it was something you did not want to hear, do not ignore the advice about choosing a well-maintained car (regardless of specific model).

It would not hurt to pay for a full inspection before finalizing your purchase...may save money in the long run. GO COOGS!
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Old 12-25-2010, 08:47 AM
 
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I would go Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. While Hyundai Elantra's have been good the past 2-3 years, models older than 2009 might be less reliable as the brand was still evolving into quality.
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The problem with Honda or Toyota is that the resale value is so high they cost too much used. You are better off buying one new. I would look for a Ford with good service records. Chevy Impala is also a good choice. Contrary to popular perception, the quality difference between Ford, Chevy and Honda isn't much. It depends more on the model than the make. But used, you can get a lot more Chevy or Ford than Honda or Toyota.
Thanks guys for the appropriate reply.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Yeah, but any recommendations for any specific car or brand ?

I have a few options (provided by my friends) :

Honda Civic Sedan
Toyota Corolla
Hyundai Elantra
Nissan Altima/ Maxima
Mazda3


But most of these used 2005 or above models costs a lot. And craigslist is fully loaded with scams where a '99 model can cost 12K while a 2007 can cost as low as 3.5K

Anyways, can any1 let me know about the insurance that I have to get ?
IMO a Honda or Toyota will just be too old with too many miles compared to what you can get a Mazda3 or Altima for. Either one of those would be a really good choice. I'd find one for sale by owner and have it checked out by a mechanic before buying, rather than paying dealer or carmax prices.
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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IMO a Honda or Toyota will just be too old with too many miles compared to what you can get a Mazda3 or Altima for. Either one of those would be a really good choice. I'd find one for sale by owner and have it checked out by a mechanic before buying, rather than paying dealer or carmax prices.
Yeah, my friends owns a Mazda3 & Altima 2001 & he recommends me the same.
But I'm slightly more into buying a fuel efficient car like Civic or Corolla or even an Elantra, cause none of the newer models of Altima comes within my 6K budget
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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By the way, any idea about how's Toyota Prius as for driving, irrespective of its fuel efficiency quotient.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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Old 12-25-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I doubt many Priuses have depreciated to your price range. Those that have would be very high mileage and probably ready for an expensive battery replacement.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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I doubt many Priuses have depreciated to your price range. Those that have would be very high mileage and probably ready for an expensive battery replacement.
I know that, but I have seen a few ads on Craigslist in around 6500-7500 (which I believe must be fraudulent).
Just wanted to know how are they actually in terms of driving not the mileage
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