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Old 10-25-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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We are moving from California to Rockville this winter and am just wondering which type of car do you recommend us to buy considering the snow fall in MD/DC areas? I was told that it snows OK in rockville and we are confused if we have to go for a 4 wheel drive with a sedan or go for a SUV?

The sedan we have right now is pretty much worn out (175 K miles on it), and would like to buy a new one immediately after coming there. I appreciate advises in this regard.

Thanks
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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It doesn't snow too much in Rockville, comparatively, exclusive of last year which was an anomaly. You do not need an SUV for most areas, especially if you're not going to be headed skiing or to other areas where there will be unplowed roads where the ground clearance would become an issue.

If you want something car-based for general driving, I would look at a Subaru. The sedans, like the Legacy, or the wagons like the Forester and Legacy/Outback. The Forester and Outback will give extra ground clearance, but are not to the size of an SUV, and have an excellent AWD system.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the advise bmwguydc. Do you think we need a 4 wheel drive for the snow driving there? We were looking at VW jetta new model or toyota corolla type cars. Do you think it would be good for those areas?

Also, I was searching online and have seen that VA has 3% sales tax for cars and MD has around 5%. Do you think we can buy one in VA and use it in MD? Just wondering...

Thanks for the inputs..
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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You don't need a 4 wheel drive vehicle, but a dedicated set of winter tires would help if your car is rear driven.

^ And this is is only if you have a HP vehicle. A front wheel drive vehicle with all weather tires should be okay for most of the year.

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Old 10-25-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Last year was a fluke. Prior to that, we had gone several years without a significant snowfall. You'll be fine with a car that is front wheel drive.

Even with a big snowfall, the main factor is whether your street gets cleared quickly. The government and most employers shut down until the streets got cleared.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts on this..

Any advise on which place would be better to buy a car, since we are moving there for the first time. Also, I heard VA has lesser sales tax for cars than MD. Does it matter?

Thanks again!
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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Also, I heard VA has lesser sales tax for cars than MD. Does it matter?
Regardless of the state where purchased, since it'll be tagged and registered in Maryland, you'll pay Maryland sales tax .
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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MD is actually 6%. They'll get you when you title it in MD if you buy in VA.

You don't need 4WD unless you plan to go to Western MD for skiing and even then a FWD with good all season tires will do the trick. Keep in mind also that the entire area shuts down when it snows, that includes private businesses that do business with the Feds. Mrs. NBP has the Forester because she likes them, not because of the AWD. My main vehicle is a RWD F-150, which I do have snow tires on in the winter simply because I traveled to PA a lot in past years. I'll put the tires on it this year even though I won't be going to PA as much (mother died this past summer) because when it snows I'm off work and go goose hunting.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!! Things are very clear now. Since we are new to this place any advise on the dealers in rockville or neighboring areas where we can buy?

We are planning on VW passat/jetta or Tyta corolla

Thanks!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!! Things are very clear now. Since we are new to this place any advise on the dealers in rockville or neighboring areas where we can buy?

We are planning on VW passat/jetta or Tyta corolla

Thanks!!
Carmax in Rockville....

If new for Toyota, Darcars..on 355.., and there's a VW dealer at the intersection of 355 & Wooton Pkwy.
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