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Looking to buy pre-owned sedan/hatchback

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  • Apr 2nd, 2019 1:22 pm
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Mar 25, 2019
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Looking to buy pre-owned sedan/hatchback

Hey, I'm a student looking to buy my first car! Can someone recommend some specific brands/models? Appreciate it a ton!!

Budget: below 10K
Use for daily commute and Kitchener <-> Toronto once per week
Not looking to resell any time soon (definitely keeping it > 5 years)
Either sedan or hatchback (I heard hatchback is cheaper, is that right?)
Other concerns include maintenance cost (usually very busy with school, wouldnt want to go through too much trouble for repairs) & insurance cost (I'm 25 with with a G2, so would like to save on insurance as well)
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First!,,,Corolla.
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CherryZ84656 wrote:
Mar 26th, 2019 12:57 pm
Hey, I'm a student looking to buy my first car! Can someone recommend some specific brands/models? Appreciate it a ton!!

Budget: below 10K
Use for daily commute and Kitchener <-> Toronto once per week
Not looking to resell any time soon (definitely keeping it > 5 years)
Either sedan or hatchback (I heard hatchback is cheaper, is that right?)
Other concerns include maintenance cost (usually very busy with school, wouldnt want to go through too much trouble for repairs) & insurance cost (I'm 25 with with a G2, so would like to save on insurance as well)
Do you know how many potential buyers are all looking for cars under 10k at any time?? Look for a vehicle in best condition that also meets your budget/requirements!!
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Do you need much space? Either for yourself (tall vs short), or for passengers or cargo? That will help narrow things down.

sub-compact vs compact vs mid-sized
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Beige Corolla FTW! esp '05 (9-gen version).
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Buy a cheap corolla and invest the money you save. By the time the Corolla dies, you will have saved enough money to buy a new Lexus.
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CherryZ84656 wrote:
Mar 26th, 2019 12:57 pm
Hey, I'm a student looking to buy my first car! Can someone recommend some specific brands/models? Appreciate it a ton!!

Budget: below 10K
Use for daily commute and Kitchener <-> Toronto once per week
Not looking to resell any time soon (definitely keeping it > 5 years)
Either sedan or hatchback (I heard hatchback is cheaper, is that right?)
Other concerns include maintenance cost (usually very busy with school, wouldnt want to go through too much trouble for repairs) & insurance cost (I'm 25 with with a G2, so would like to save on insurance as well)
Hey! i work at Direct Nissan in Mississauga, i have a pre-owned option you may be interested in:

2014 Ford Focus SE (69,777km) only $9,995

https://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Focus/ ... up=2_15_36

The vehicle will come with safety and emissions at no extra cost + $500 accessory voucher that can be applied to any accessories of your choice (tinted windows, remote starter etc.) The car has plenty of basic features including bluetooth, heated seats, air conditioning plus much more. Feel free to call or text me at (647) 267-0815
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Dont need much space, and its for passenger..so I actually prefer smaller size coz they are more fuel efficient, wanted to save more on gas
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In that case, I agree with post #3: Civic or Corolla. Buy the newest one with the lowest km's you can for $10k. Unless you absolutely want a hatchback.

If it were me, I'd be looking at 2012+ Civics.
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PatrickP12891 wrote:
Mar 28th, 2019 2:13 pm
Hey! i work at Direct Nissan in Mississauga, i have a pre-owned option you may be interested in:

2014 Ford Focus SE (69,777km) only $9,995

https://www.autotrader.ca/a/Ford/Focus/ ... up=2_15_36

The vehicle will come with safety and emissions at no extra cost + $500 accessory voucher that can be applied to any accessories of your choice (tinted windows, remote starter etc.) The car has plenty of basic features including bluetooth, heated seats, air conditioning plus much more. Feel free to call or text me at (647) 267-0815
Buying a Ford Focus at a Nissan dealership sounds like the worst idea ever. Maybe second worse, I think buying a Chrysler at the Mitsubishi dealership would probably be worse.
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Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic as mentioned above. You could also go for something like a Volkswagen Jetta if you wish. My first car was a 2006 Corolla; very affordable and lasted quite a long time before selling it to the new owner. If you do regular maintenance and don’t abuse the car, then they’ll last! You can easily find any of these 3 cars in pretty much mint condition within your budget. You should also consider acquiring your G to save on insurance!
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CherryZ84656 wrote:
Mar 26th, 2019 12:57 pm
insurance cost (I'm 25 with with a G2, so would like to save on insurance as well)
Lol... Get a quote on insurance cost via the cars VIN before you commit to buy something. You will be shocked on how much insurance is on the "cheap" cars (especially the ones that people are recommending). Any car thats common among kids and new/bad drivers will have expensive insurance, especially if you're a G2 as a primary driver.

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