Good new car

Hello boys and girls I have been saving up my lunch money for several months and thought about buying a new car. (my mom gave my car away to my nephew). I want something that is cheep, gets good gas mileage and preferable not made in the Republic of Korea (no Kia or Hyundai for personal reasons). I thought about a hybrid but they are like 6 grand more expensive and the advantage of MPG doesn't really justify the cost. I figure i can spend under 20,000. but i only make about 1 grand a month (take home) but i dont know how much insurance is going to be (probably expensive because im under 25) Or should i get one of them "pre-loved" cars at the dealer. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. (i thought about getting a bike but its not really a family friendly vehicle.

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Labot20019 years ago
Where do you live? In a large city, Suburbia, or a more rural area?
thematthatter (author)  Labot20019 years ago
live in rural but play in city
Where do you do most of your driving?
skunkbait9 years ago
The depreciation on a new car makes it (almost) never worth it. Plus you get to discover all the bugs that weren't solved at the factory. I've owned some awesome cars over the last 20 years (Corvette, Z-28, Mercedes, 2 MGBs, 5 or 6 so 4x4s), but I've only financed 2 of them. I've owned some embarassing but economical ones too. The best thing I've found to do, is buy one for economy, and one for enjoyment/investment.
thematthatter (author)  skunkbait9 years ago
thank you for the comment, used makes sense My job requires me to move around a lot and I don't want to be in the position of being away from home for a year and still be making payments on a car. But i dont know if i want a little car or a small SUV?
Ooh. That's tough. I love my SUV (16mpg), but have to commute 130 miles per day, so I do that in my old Mazda 323 (39 mpg last tank). If I had to go with just one, economy would sadly have to win out.
I have yet to understand American mpg targets - I keep seeing adverts online and in magazines like PopSci that imply that 30mpg from new cars is something wonderful.

I get 30-40mpg out of my badly-maintained, 110,000-mile Renault.

My wife's Ford Focus gets nearly twice that.

I got a lift from a friend this week, she had an mpg-readout on her dashboard, she barely went below 70.

Why can't American cars get that sort of mileage?

Actually, since Ford is a nominally-American company, why am I asking this question at all? Surely they would use whatever fuel-saving strategies they used on the Focus on the cars they sell in the US? Or is that too sensible?
Tehy have different diesels there, all high sulphur at the pump, means the cars wont run for long, so that great little 1.4D in the focus is out, even though it's a good bit of fun, apart form the turbo spinning up about halfway across the road in first coming out of places... If you ever downsize and want something fun those old puegot 1.9 Dturbos are good, fairly fast, cheap-ish to insure and hold four people alright, we got over 40mpg even with my mum's bf driving like a lunatic...
Actually, unless I'm wrong about your sulphur standards, we have very low sulphur mandated by law now. But maybe I drank the kool-aid on that one. When it comes to gasoline, it is always the states with the cheapest gas that provide the best milage. We get 2-3 mpg more on high altitude, winding roads, than we do on the level, with more "quality" (and expensive) gas in Nevada. Does anyone else notice this trend?
You may now... But not that I know of, it's why euro diesels aren't imported often, the high end engines don't run well on the high sulphur fuel that is used in trucks, which can run happily on either type. Another factor is where you get it, the busy places are the best... So maybe the cheap ones are better...
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