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First car advices

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  • Aug 10th, 2017 3:00 pm
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:53 pm
Hi all,

I'm currently in the research stage on my first car and soliciting advice from the "internets".

My target is $10k or less with 100,000km or less, the car would ideally be
1. Reliable
2. Cheap to operate (fuel efficient and cheap insurance)
3. Safe

Currently, I'm leaning toward a subcompact, a Honda Fit/Toyota Yaris.

Any advices? Make, model and year?
How about 2011 Toyota Camry LE 4Cyl. I found a few of them advertised on cargurues.com in your price range and mileage.
Its insurance is cheaper than Corolla ,or Yaris being more safer and reliable..
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:53 pm
1. Reliable
2. Cheap to operate (fuel efficient and cheap insurance)
3. Safe
1. Who wants an unreliable car?
2. Who wants a car that's not fuel efficient?
3. Who wants an unsafe car?

Your criteria should be based on what you need the car for? If you like the Fit or Yaris, then go for it.
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Gee wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 12:02 am
1. Who wants an unreliable car?
2. Who wants a car that's not fuel efficient?
3. Who wants an unsafe car?

Your criteria should be based on what you need the car for? If you like the Fit or Yaris, then go for it.
IDK, there are rich people who like cool looking fast cars that gets 6km out of a litre.
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 1:03 am
IDK, there are rich people who like cool looking fast cars that gets 6km out of a litre.
Ferrari has some of the best warranty (maintenance) around..
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 1:03 am
IDK, there are rich people who like cool looking fast cars that gets 6km out of a litre.
Rich people are not going to be on a bargain hunting site looking for a car
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:53 pm
Hi all,

I'm currently in the research stage on my first car and soliciting advice from the "internets".

My target is $10k or less with 100,000km or less, the car would ideally be
1. Reliable
2. Cheap to operate (fuel efficient and cheap insurance)
3. Safe

Currently, I'm leaning toward a subcompact, a Honda Fit/Toyota Yaris.

Any advices? Make, model and year?
We just bought a 2012 Mazda 3 with 62k for $10,800 OTR for my gf's sister. I know this forum hates mazda's for being rust buckets (and for the right reasons too) but the car had been kept well (rust proofed since new) and drove better than honda civic and rolla. We did end up paying slightly more than average because this was bought at a branded dealership that had all the service records, clean history, etc...and gave me tiny piece of mind.
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Why go for a subcompact if you can get compacts in that criterion too?

I don't know much about the best subcompacts so I will defer myself to those experts.

Compacts - Civic and Corolla. I personally only rate the newest generation mazda 3 because the previous two rusted too much and also burned a bit too much gas than I think you'd like (2.3L engines or higher I think). Since you said safe, I believe the Subaru Impreza is exceptionally safe, and AWD is good if you drive in snow.
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on Vibe, Matrix & Corolla (same mechanical components)
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If this is you first car and first time going to be insured, you should mainly be thinking about your insurance cost.
Unless you are fine with paying $400 per month for insurance alone, it is not advisable to get a new/er vehicle in your situation.

As an example I know a newcomer who is paying $350 to insure his early 2000's RAV4.
Remember when you liked what you currently have
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ellesdad wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 12:28 pm
As an example I know a newcomer who is paying $350 to insure his early 2000's RAV4.
WUT...how long ago was that? that RAV 4 is almost old enough to drink
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If you want cheap insurance, stay away from Corolla and civics. Camry and accords maybe few thousand dollars more but they are cheaper to insure. Go call your insurance and do some price shopping if this true for your case or not. For online, use sonnet as quote u get is the actual final price.
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 12:54 pm
WUT...how long ago was that? that RAV 4 is almost old enough to drink
It's current. He just got his G2 in July and he's in the GTA but ymmv.
Remember when you liked what you currently have
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lianghaochen wrote:
Aug 10th, 2017 12:54 pm
WUT...how long ago was that? that RAV 4 is almost old enough to drink
Toyota and Honda insurance is expensive
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2006 - 2011 honda civic! super reliable, and very easy / cheap to maintain!

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