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hello all,

SwagKid here,

 

It is a cold time of year, and i hate walking to my destinations.

I'm planning on buying my first car, and i need help.

I don't know anything about cars.

I have $10,000 and i don't know which car is worth the money

Can you guys suggest good cars that are good for a new guy that has only driven couple times

I'm looking for a coupe or either a sedan automatic, doesn't have to be fast, i don't care.

 

THankZ

Cheers,

SwagKid300

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I don't think car can handle Canada's weather my brother.

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That Jeep would handle the winter weather just fine....the heat in those jeeps is completely ridiculous and will burn your feet.  I am digging that truck though....

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That's enough money that you can find something that you really like. What's your favorite car?

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Remember to take into account the cost of insurance.  You don't want the rates to be so high that you can't afford to drive the car.

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Anything with a good heater.

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On a serious note, before you purchase the care please consider the following:

 

1.  How difficult is it to change a headlight?

2.  How difficult is it to change the oil?

3.  Can you find all of the fluid locations in the engine so you can easily add oil, antifreeze, window wash, break fluid, etc.

4.  Car Fax????  Get one.

5.  Don't purchase any car from the Hurricane Sandy geographical area. Bad enough you will have to put up with the ice and chemicals used on the roads in Canada.

6.  Have your mechanic check for body damage, under carriage damage and if the engine is working properly.

7.  is there room for your fishing and ice hockey gear at the same time in the vehicle?  Ice hockey equipment is very important to Canadians, even if you don't play. Girls like ice hockey equipment and will think more highly of you than seeing an Ugly Stick in the car.

8.  Back to the lights. How difficult is it to change the rear lights? And are the rear lights expensive to replace? Many newer vehicles have very expensive rear tail lights.

9.  Check with your insurance agent to make sure the car is not rated as a sports car or any other type vehicle that will increase your insurance costs.

10. Anyone smoke in the car before? Cigarette, pipe and cigar smoke is not good and you will have to get the orders removed at your expense.

11. When test driving the vehicle use the "blinker" to note if it will turn itself off with a hard and a lazy turn.

12. Check out the blind spot in your windshield and side mirrors and out of the windows. Very important when changing lanes.

13. Find out the cost to replace the key. Today's computer chip keys can be expensive to replace. See how many you get with the car. Hopefully at least two, maybe three.

14. You will need the anti-skidding program in Canada. Make sure the vehicle has the anti-skid program to automatically shift into it when necessary.

15. Check to see what tires the vehicle needs as per the manufacturer. Do you have to change tires for the winter months? Can you safely use chains?

16. Remember, the estimated city and country fuel estimates are over stated. If they say you can get 20 miles per gallon in the city drop it down to 15 to 17.

17  If you plan to tow a boat check out the towing package to be sure the vehicle can tow the gross weight of the boat, motor and trailer.

18. If you plan to tow a boat is there a hitch already attached to the vehicle or will you have to pay for a new hitch and its installation?

 

Just some items to check on when buying a car. Most of us get all excited about a new car and how it looks. There are other things that happen down the road that can drive you nuts. My headlight on my 2008 Subaru went out and due to the cold weather and difficulty changing it I asked Auto Zone to do it for me, as they have done in the past. Nope. Corporate said not to do it anymore as it is very difficult to accomplish on many newer models.

 

So I took it to the dealer and $60 later I had the $20 bulb replaced.

 

Never again if I can help it.

 

Good luck in selecting the vehicle and let us know what you get.

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And one more suggestion.

 

Go to the library and get the Consumer Reports 201r Buying Guide.

 

Look up the recommended and not recommended vehicles so you can steer away from trouble.

 

CU has not dog in any vehicle decision process. All they do is tell you what their readers have told them about all of the vehicles out there.

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If I could spell I would be dangerous.  2014 Buying Guide and CU has no dog in the fight.

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Redline, the boy lives in Canada.

 

If he gets that Jeep he will be shoveling snow and ice out of the vehicle all winter.

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you know jeeps do come with tops, right?  And this one even comes with full hard doors and a hard top....it will do fine in the cold weather

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All good stuff....make sure your rods fit in easily and it has 4x4 and will tow a boat. Bonus if there's room to sleep in it too!!

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you know jeeps do come with tops, right?  And this one even comes with full hard doors and a hard top....it will do fine in the cold weather

 

lol yeah i hope so, I'm thinking about getting a jeep now, but i dunno which model yet..

All good stuff....make sure your rods fit in easily and it has 4x4 and will tow a boat. Bonus if there's room to sleep in it too!!

yeah man it will be sick if i could do like camping stuff you know

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My first car in 1997 was an '82 Ford Escort wagon that was poop brown in color. Nicknamed "The Turd"  It had only an AM radio and front 4" speakers. The only power option it had was power steering I believe. It was my grandmas and after she passed I got it for free. She had a whopping 28K miles on it...(yes 28K)

 

I loved the crap out of that car even though it was an abomination on wheels.  

 

The fate of the car was my brother smashing into a telephone pole and shattering his ankle. Glad he survived but he killed my car..

 

After that I was granted the awesomeness of an 86' Ford Escort hatch back (4 speed..vroom vroom). It was originally red, but it was so sun bleached it was more like a nasty orange color. nickname "The Hemorrhoid"  That one set my dad back a whopping $325.  To me it was free, never said a word.

 

With that said, spend 2 or 3 grand and keep $8K for college or something more important.  You have a lifetime ahead of you to work for whatever you want.

 

I'll see if I can find pics of these 2 beauties I had and post them. I don't think I do though. :(

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My first car in 1997 was an '82 Ford Escort wagon that was poop brown in color. Nicknamed "The Turd"  It had only an AM radio and front 4" speakers. The only power option it had was power steering I believe. It was my grandmas and after she passed I got it for free. She had a whopping 28K miles on it...(yes 28K)

 

I loved the crap out of that car even though it was an abomination on wheels.  

 

The fate of the car was my brother smashing into a telephone pole and shattering his ankle. Glad he survived but he killed my car..

 

After that I was granted the awesomeness of an 86' Ford Escort hatch back (4 speed..vroom vroom). It was originally red, but it was so sun bleached it was more like a nasty orange color. nickname "The Hemorrhoid"  That one set my dad back a whopping $325.  To me it was free, never said a word.

 

With that said, spend 2 or 3 grand and keep $8K for college or something more important.  You have a lifetime ahead of you to work for whatever you want.

 

I'll see if I can find pics of these 2 beauties I had and post them. I don't think I do though. :(

 

I can't help but notice that your tradition of naming your vehicles has indicated a certain trend . . . . .

 

A-Jay

 

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I can't help but notice that your tradition of naming your vehicles has indicated a certain trend . . . . .

A-Jay

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It only seemed right.

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It only seemed right.

 

I hear Ya - My first ride was a 1970 Ford Maverick - Straight six with red plastic seats - Sweet ride . . .No.

 

:eyebrows:

 

A-Jay

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Jeeps are like harleys, you spend more time working on them than being driven.

I have owned three Jeeps in my lifetime.  One 72 wagoneer, a 95 wrangler and now a 4 door 2012 wrangler.  All three have been very good vehicles to me and while like any vehicle they have their problems the beauty of a jeep is the aftermarket and working on the older jeeps, up to about 2007, is extremely easy.

 

I will always have a jeep because there is not a better off road vehicle straight off the shelf out there.  And the newer models have way more creature comforts than i am used to that is for sure but i am not complaining. 

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