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Old 11-14-2011, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Hi,
Will be moving to Asheville, NC from England in February. Need to buy a car to seat - driver + 2 adults and 3 children, and a dog, and baby stroller/pushchair!
As we are moving from England we will have no USA insurance history so lower insurance car would be beneficial. We may also struggle to get credit as we have to start from scratch building new credit ratings!!
So, our budget for cash will be under $10,000. Want something with good safety tests, reliable, decent on mountain roads.....
Does such a car exist in our price range??
Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Car? No.

SUV? Yes. I'd probably take a look at used Trailblazers, Expeditions, and Suburbans.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Thanks!
What would reasonable mileage be for one under $10,000? In England mileage over 100k is considered high, unless perhaps it is a diesel engine! 10,000-15,000 miles/year is considered average here!
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Minivans tend to have much lower insurance and operating costs, but most are FWD wuth traction control. I would look toward a pre-owned Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. Higher trim Siennas do have an AWD option, but $10k might not find a good example. Subarus also do well in the mountains, but only the Tribeca has enough seats. A minivan, however, does offer more utility with sliding doors and easier access for chidren with a lower entry door.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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SUV's will have higher insurance than minivans so I would look at those.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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You might be able to find a decent late 90's Suburban or Marquis in that price range. Those long uphill mountain grades will tax your cooling system. I think with a full load of passengers a V6 or larger would be recommended. I think for that part of the country snow may not be that big of a concern. You might also look into one of the used Chevy AWD express Vans 1500. I've seen some cool ones with a bench seat and four captian's seats. But that is if you anticipate that you will alway have a car load every time.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Houston
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A minivan seems like the best fit based on what you describe. There are large SUVs with that kind of seating capacity as well, but minivans tend to be cheaper to insure and typically would have better gas mileage than a large SUV. Unless you plan to go offroading in the mountains, a standard front wheel drive minivan should be sufficient and AWD / 4x4 should not be needed in North Carolina.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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This is all really useful as I have no idea about US vehicles! I will start looking at what is available based on your suggestions. I guess we will need to hire a rental vehicle for a month to allow time to find one to buy.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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For a car, I'd look at a GM b body(91-96, Fleetwood Brougham, Roadmaster, Caprice, Impala, Custom Cruiser) or Ford Panther(90-current, Grand Marquis, Town Car, Crown Victoria).
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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You might be able to find a decent late 90's Suburban or Marquis in that price range. Those long uphill mountain grades will tax your cooling system. I think with a full load of passengers a V6 or larger would be recommended. I think for that part of the country snow may not be that big of a concern. You might also look into one of the used Chevy AWD express Vans 1500. I've seen some cool ones with a bench seat and four captian's seats. But that is if you anticipate that you will alway have a car load every time.
Most full size vans have poor safety ratings.
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