"The evolution of Arthur’s ugly ass."
"The evolution of Arthur’s ugly ass."
I am in the process of buying a new or used car. In the past I have always bought brand new, but people always told me that's a bad idea because the car depreciates so much as soon as you drive it off the lot. So this time around I was going to buy something gently used. Now people are telling me because of the economy and the deals that are being offered it's better to buy brand new. I am so confused. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
I never saw a car as an investment, so the depreciation never mattered. Now dependability, parts availability, maintenance costs and gas mileage, that matters to me.
Yeah, I am taking all of that into consideration. I am leaning towards a Prius, but I also kind of like the Nissan Altima. I am going to test drive a few options this weekend.
There are lots of great deals for financing at the moment where you can buy a car with payments at no interest or almost no interest. For the sake of having a warranty I would probably lean towards getting a reasonably priced new car.
My credit isn't awesome, it's not horrible but I doubt I would qualify 0%, I guess I can go and have someone run my credit and see what I qualify for before I even go shopping.
Suddenly the idea of dealing with car salesmen is giving me anxiety. :puke
Just guessing, I bet most women would say new and most men, used. Just a guess. Speaking of money. I was reading a web post and at the end of the article it said the writer got .01 per page view. That fucking gangma? or whatever it's called youtube vid has had over a billion views. If he was getting .01 on a page view, he would get 10 fucking MILLION dollars for that vid. Boy if we all could just figure out how to do something like that. Oh well it's a good day. Anyway, buy a used car imo, maybe at least thru a legit big dealer. As far as financing, you can get super low contracts from your credit union. I would go to my bank, but that's just me ..... cr****
i'm so not the person to ask about this, but i'd say new just because i wouldn't want to inherit someone else's problems. but i'm sure if you get a newer used car with a warranty and all that, you'll be fine.
Yeah, if I went used it would be very gently used. Maybe a lease that someone trades in. Although, I am starting to lean more towards new. It's times like this that I wish I had a man to go with me. I hate car shopping, car salesmen are worse than mechanics when you are a woman.
Loca, you could try getting pre-approved at a credit union/bank. Our local credit union has taken great care of us, and getting pre-approved helps eliminate much of the bullshit at a dealership and generally gets you a much better interest rate.
Also, don't forget the power of the internet, it does much more than this message board. You can do your research online, get pre-approved, then just go drive/buy.
I would for sure go to this site b4 you sign anything but that's me ...... http://www.kbb.com/ .... You can hone in on a car with at least some idea what you should be paying. Retailers hate the internet .....cr****
ok, I just applied for a loan with my credit union. I love the internet. 3 minutes and I didn't have to make human contact. Whoot!
Fingers crossed for excellent news. BTW, did they say, hey you are a woman, can I intimate you? I say that, I don't deal with anyone almost without exception because a lot of people are lame and drive me crazy. Rant ... cr****
"Can I intimate you?" is the least sexy way to proposition someone.
Use TrueCar or Edmunds to spec out your car so you know the dealer invoice and MSRP before you go. Removes all the haggling for price. It should not be a problem getting them to agree somewhere between invoice and MSRP.
One note on TrueCar: do NOT give them your name and phone number. They will broadcast that to a dozen or more dealers and your phone will be blowing up for months afterward.
See I would go to craigslist, find a car, drive the shit out of it for a few miles, city and interstate, and then buy it or not. I hate dealers so I talk the talk, not always doing the walk when it comes to interaction with people. Maybe this should be in the confessions thread :) ... Let us know how it turns out Loca. cr****
Thanks for the advice. I will make sure to do that. I have always been suckered into buying after my first test drive, but I have always been pretty desperate by the time I was buying. This time I am not in any hurry so it will hopefully be a lot less stressful. I have $2000 for a downpayment, I am hoping that it will be enough to lessen the amount of bullshit I have to deal with.
I do have to say I haven't had a car payment since 96 so it's like I know anything about financing. I always paid cash, thus usually a used car. I loved my MR2 though. Hummmmm .... cr****
I trashed that car so bad but it went thru a blaze of glory .....
I had one of these once. It was fun .......
Also Loca my mom just bought a new car not to long ago and multiple car salesmen from different dealers told her that the best day to buy is on a Sunday. It's typically the slowest day so they will usually offer the best deals that day. Something to also take into consideration.