posted on May, 20 2017 @ 01:29 PM
a reply to: trollz
A full time college student
Has to buy a vehicle cash only...........
Downsize everything. Your budget, standard of living and your "stuff". Living beyond your means and having things that suggest you have more money
than you actually do are all recipes for a life in debt and make you appear as if you don't know what you're doing. Oh, and buy an American made
model. Parts are easier to come by, cheaper to maintain and, if you keep to the manufacturers suggested maintenance schedule, it will last forever.
Maintaining a vehicle will always be cheaper than fixing one or constantly buying one every few years. Don't take the first one you see, do research
on the one's that catch your eye and don't take the dealer's/private owner's word on the maintenance that has been supposedly performed. If the
vehicle has 50,000 miles on it, look at what maintenance should be performed for that mileage and do it. Something like that shouldn't cost you more
than a few hundred dollars.
You're just starting out out, so I wouldn't overthink the vehicle aspect of your life. With the way the used market is right now you can get a good
one for 4 grand.
I have a Focus sitting at 165,000, still runs like a champ and still gets an average of 38mpg on the highway. I had a Cavalier that I put 225,000 on,
but had to replace it when I hit a deer. I drive for a living so maintenance schedules are my Bible and gas efficient cars are my bread and butter.
Good luck friend....and remember.....always make more right hand turns than left hand turns. You'll live longer.