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What Car is Right For Me? Help Me Choose!

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  • kcfastdriverkcfastdriver Posts: 23
    suydam said:

    Unless you want the higher seating of a CUV

    And also not to drive a wagon.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,674
    Test drove a 2018 Buick Encore back in early March and actually really liked it. Nice handling with all the safety nannies plus a decent infotainment system. Best of all is that Sirius/XM was available. Don’t really need it since it also has Apple Carplay but like the variety of music. The new dash is nicely done and it moved when necessary. It’s the only domestic I’d consider right now to be honest and love the white color or blue. Just not ready to pull the trigger quite yet as my Golf has been repaired nicely and just got out of the hospital after being very sick. The timing is just off so will wait till the 2019’s come out.

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,799
    I think they want a compact size so Equinox/Terrain are the ones to try. I hear very good things about both of them.
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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,462
    Higher than what though? The height wars just seem to keep escalating. If I had to choose, I'd rather drive a lower car that has great visibility all around than a higher one that you can't see out of to the sides and rear.

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  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,799
    But this is for someone else, not you. :)
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  • berriberri Posts: 9,168
    Hey, even if you buy that new Kenworth you've been secretly eyeing, there will be trailers higher than your cab. I think they need to start raising signs higher above traffic or on both sides of the divided highway lanes given how common heavy traffic has become.

    Shifty, unfortunately a lot of cars have lousy visibility these days too. Remember that basic American principle - form over function ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,462
    suydam said:

    But this is for someone else, not you. :)

    I speak for all humanity. :p

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,462
    Visibility is just awful in many modern cars. They do that so that they can sell you multiple cameras. You know how marketing genius works---create a problem, and then sell the solution to it. Airlines are brilliant at this sort of thing.

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  • kcfastdriverkcfastdriver Posts: 23
    It may seem an odd pairing, but I'm looking at the Rogue and the RDX, depending on which I can get at a better value. Thoughts?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    Very different cars. Need to decide what features are most important to you.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • texasestexases Posts: 8,483
    Last year for the current RDX, so you might get a decent price. I'm looking forward to the new one.
  • berriberri Posts: 9,168
    If you like the Rogue, you might consider a slightly used one. Lots of them in fleets, so they probably depreciate a little faster than say a CRV or RAV4. I think there is a pretty big price gap between comparably equipped Rogues versus RDX.
  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 767
    i wish more cars came with head up display. i test drove a few and that's a nice feature. Mazda CX5 has it but Honda crv doesn't. Honda accord touring has it. Rogue and Murano don't. 
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,674
    Drove a new Subaru Imprezza and was very impressed by it. Excellent mpgs for a CVT and it shifted like a normal auto. Comfortable driver and got it up to speed on the highway rather quickly. Unfortunately after configuring one that fit my needs and wants, came to about $30K which is a bit more than I’m looking to spend on a new vehicle. Would rather cap things at $25K including my trade-in. But knows that might be a bit unrealistic for what I really want. So right now, plan is to keep the Golf and pay off whatever hospital bills my insurance won’t cover. Then, and only then, will I think about another new vehicle. This is all subject to change if the right vehicle comes along. I mean something that I can’t pass up.
    Since I’m into VW right now, will give the new Jetta a good look. Best warranty in the business now and am hoping with the new model out, they give some super deals in a few months. It’ll just fit in our garage on my side but if and when, will deal with that issue. The new Tiguan is great also but again, on the larger side. And not really into any CPO vehicle but might have to investigate that further going forward.

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    My sister is looking for a hatchback to replace her 2004 Elantra GT, which I bought new, gave to my son for college, then he sold to my sister 3 years ago. But it's at the age where a lot of stuff will need work soon and it still has some value (good interior, glossy red paint, well maintained, good rubber), so it's time to move it out of the family. (FWIW my other sister still owns a 2001 Elantra GLS I bought new in October 2000. Pretty good for a car that was $11k new!)

    I'm helping my sister look for cars. She wants to stay under $10k, wants low miles (under 60k or so), automatic, likes hatchbacks but also likes high FE so doesn't want a CUV/SUV. Some cars I've found from local dealers that seem to fit are:

    * 2015 Fit EX, 23k, $9999 - Has salvage title but I saw the Carfax and accident pics and the damage looks pretty minor, just the right front corner.
    * 2016 Fit LX, 31k, $9799 - Just $200 less than the EX plus more miles, so not a good buy I think although not a salvage title so it would still have warranty left.
    * 2014 Versa Note SV, 43k, $6999 - This is ideal I think for her, low payments, roomy, very well equipped (heated seats, Bluetooth etc.), only downside is salvage title (need to check out the Carfax and pics).
    * 2015 Sonic LS, 40k, $8,995 - I've driven Sonics as rentals and I liked them, but for the money I think the Note and Fits are better buys.
    * 2013 Cube, 36k, $8499 - Very roomy, but I think the Note is a better buy (and the Cube is black which she doesn't like).
    * 2013 Elantra GT, 41k, $9990 - The sentimental favorite, plus it's loaded (panoramic roof, leather etc.) so a good deal IMO.

    There's many more that fit her parameters, but all with closer to 60k miles. We're going to check out some of the above on Tuesday (holiday weekend).
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    the Elantra is probably a good. More substantial car at least.

    If you are really comfortable with the damage and repairs, she at least seems like an OK buyer for a salvage car, if planning to keep and run into the ground.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,799
    I would not buy a vehicle with a salvage title. The Note is a great car but has none of the latest safety features so it will be a hard sell down the road. Either the 2016 Fit, which holds value well, or the 2013 Elantra sound like good buys.
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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    I like goodies. a Fit LX has nothing on it. At least the EX comes with a moonroof. I think the Elantra, out of that bunch, is probably the nicest car.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 24,896
    edited May 27
    No salvage titles. If you insist on it, however, they are worth HALF of what a clean one would cost.

    IMHO, the Fit LX lacks nothing of importance. Still has power everything, bluetooth, and backup cam. 

    Personally, I hate the CVT in the Note and find it dreadful to drive due to the droning it causes. 

    All that said, something is wrong with that Fit LX at that price. Worth more than $11k at dealer auction, so $14k'ish retail. Unless it is not a 2016?

    That is cheap for the Elantra. I would have suggested $11k as a fair price to pay.

    '18 Stelvio Ti; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 46-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    that comment about salvage titles raises a good question. How much more of a deduct is that vs. a dirty carfax? Use Sandy's Golf as an example, since he is looking into DV. Serious enough shunt to be borderline fix or total. Say they had just decided to total it instead. Someone would have bought it, and done the exact same repair.

    I think pre-accident trade in value was about 12K? so if you should not pay more than $6K if salvaged, what is the trade in with clean title but dirty carfax?

    And also why the right car, for the right person, with a salvage title can still be a good buy.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,462
    There are a number of risks with a salvage title car--the repairs might not have been well done for one thing. For another, even if you have collision insurance, the insurance company is going to pay very little to total a car that's already been totaled. You could buy it for $10K, drive it two weeks, get hit again, and get a $2500 pay out.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 24,896
    My rule of thumb is 20% deduct for accident history vs 50% salvage. Of course, sellers don't agree with those numbers.

    '18 Stelvio Ti; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 46-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    the insurance issue is certainly something to research.

    but really, what is the difference between fixing a car in a major accident, and fixing it after branding it as salvage? same repairs.

    money is a factor too. A newer Audi could receive $25,000 in repairs because of what it is worth otherwise. But a Fit could be totalled because it needed $8,000 in repairs, relatively straightforward bodywork stuff. Plus, salvage could have been theft recovery.

    regardless, if water was involved, that I would never touch. And having full repair history (and pictures) is a must.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,462
    The problem is that *some* salvage vehicles are a great side business for some unscrupulous people--who buy these cars out of wrecking yards and patch them up any which way. True, most states require that salvaged cars be inspected before going back on the road, but....well....you know....

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 101,023
    With the value being lower, no one is going to put the same money into a repair on a totaled car. That’s why it was totaled. It isn’t just the salvage title, it’s what that assumes: minimum repair to get the car roadworthy.

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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 4,013
    edited May 27
    backy said:

    ....I'm helping my sister look for cars. She wants to stay under $10k, wants low miles (under 60k or so), automatic, likes hatchbacks but also likes high FE so doesn't want a CUV/SUV....

    Would she consider new? My local Hyundai dealer has new Elantra sedans starting at 15k with 0.0% financing and some clear advantages--full warranty, better mpg, new tires, etc.

    Just saying the obvious here, but a 5 year old car with 60k miles might have worn tires and all sorts of other issues that will erase some of your savings. Plus, unless she has the 10k cash the financing for a used car is likely to be c.6% or so.

    Just a thought....

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • pasquali56pasquali56 Posts: 21
    We've had our 2018 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring for a month now and it's my wife's favorite vehicle she's ever owned (and she's had a lot of nice vehicles). She previously had a Miata and wanted something a bit sporty with a bit more room and function -- and the CX-3 hits all the right notes. I do have to agree with those who say the infotainment system is a little complicated. And for those who need more cargo space, it's going to be tight. However, if you want a fun and great-looking vehicle with excellent gas mileage, I'd say to put the CX-3 on your short list. It's a winner!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,383
    good update. As always, what works for you depends on your specific needs.

    I am pretty sure that my next car will be a smaller hatch/CUV type. CX3 could work. An X1, Volvo XC40. Hyundai Kona, something like that. Needs to be relatively entertaining to drive, with good performance (no putt putt mobiles allowed!) Back seat room not that important, but want an adequate cargo area (certainly big enough for our Lab).

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,924
    Update on car search: The Fit LX is gone. The Elantra GT has an "engine problem" so the dealer has pulled it from the market for now. My sister is going to check out the Fit EX and Versa Note SV ($7k) tomorrow. But I found two other good choices: a 2015 Versa Note SV with 41k that's Nissan Certified with a 7 year/100k mile warranty, from a Nissan dealer, for $9995 list, and a 2014 Sonic LT hatch with 36k miles, no accidents or fleet use, for $8950... and both are red, which my sister likes. The Versa Note needs to have prep finished so isn't ready to look at today, or we'd go drive it.
    I'm steering my sister towards the certified Versa Note, due to the long warranty (vs. salvage title with no warranty), higher seating position than the Fit, and smoother ride than the Fit. Yeah, it's a CVT, but she does almost all in-town driving and is no speed racer, so I don't think she'll mind it.

    As for new, she wants to stay under $10k if possible, plus wants a hatch or wagon with an automatic. I've checked new hatches under $15k in my area, and they're all Sparks, Fiestas, Mirages, and a couple of Focii. She doesn't like the Focus and the others are too small. If she could wait 9-10 months, I'd sell her my 2016 Forte5 that will have only ~30k miles on it when the lease is up next year, but she needs a car now.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,799
    Sonic is pretty small too. I liked the Versa Note for around town driving. Did not like the lack of safety features. I imagine the Fit EX has more features.
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