View Poll Results: What are your top priorities in buying a car/truck/SUV?

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  • The cost of buying the vehicle

    42 65.63%
  • Fuel economy and/or how green the vehicle is

    36 56.25%
  • How much/how many it can carry - big is better

    4 6.25%
  • Luxury/comfort

    15 23.44%
  • Performance - ie powerful and fast

    24 37.50%
  • Country of origin/brand

    10 15.63%
  • Safety of driver and passengers

    21 32.81%
  • How the car looks - cute, sharp, prestige

    23 35.94%
  • Length warranty

    13 20.31%
  • Multi-use capability (4 wheel drive etc). both as car/truck etc

    21 32.81%
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Dependability and cost over the lifetime of the vehicle (including resale value) are the two most important criteria for me.
    Resale value doesn't mean much to me as I tend to keep vehicles and drive them until they die and aren't worth anything anymore. Dependability is crucial to me, though.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Deciding I need to be more of a domesticated family man, I went looking for a new car when I sold my AMG/Renntech Mercedes S65 with 150K+ miles on it. I looked at pony cars like you did, and such as the big Buick SUV. The prices were stunningly high. Instead, my wife bought me a used performance modified CL65 with 60K miles on it that was a 1-owner with maintenance records and it came with a 3yr/36,000 warranty (a car that cost that original buyer around $220K) for a fair amount less than I could have bought a new Ford Focus for and from $15K to $25K less than a well made middle-level Camero or such as that Buick.

    Except for maybe bottom of the line economy cars, buying a new car makes NO sense given the HUGE depreciation the moment you drive it off the lot combined with the HUGE prices.
    I ended up buying a 2006 Mazdaspeed6. It only cost me $17k when all of the other cars I were looking at were $30k-$50k. I've put more than 40,000 miles on it and have never regretted my choice.

    I think the biggest problems for these car manufacturers are: Wages of the average American have stagnated over the last few decades while car prices have gone way up.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Resale value doesn't mean much to me as I tend to keep vehicles and drive them until they die and aren't worth anything anymore. Dependability is crucial to me, though.
    I sell them once they start becoming undependable, which can be quite a long time.

    When I was younger, I used to keep them until they died, but I'm in better financial shape now
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Cost and fuel efficiency, and one other factor which is very important to me: reliability. If Honda built a truck, I would buy it.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    If it had a decent sized bed for hauling capacity, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Resale value doesn't mean much to me as I tend to keep vehicles and drive them until they die and aren't worth anything anymore. Dependability is crucial to me, though.
    I drive mine until death. The only thing is that my last 3 were murdered. Stay off your cell phones and pay attention to the road, people!!!!

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I sell them once they start becoming undependable
    So you deliberately give an undependable car to someone else? That sounds unethical.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Should have added reliability. That's a major factor. That's why I bought a Corvette instead of a BMW or Audi. Reliability, cost of maintenance. Also because I wanted a 2 seater, and the other companies offerings didn't have the same daily usability as the Chevy offering.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Mercedes Benz, one of the oldest and largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, and producer of the most expensive mass production cars, admitted their cars are "too heavy" for the current market place. Generally, for their class, a Mercedes weighs from 500 to 1000 pounds more than the competition American, Japanese and Korean cars and other Euro cars. In return, on average, a Mercedes will have a more powerful motor to offset the weight, even in their "economical" cars. All this adds to their prices.

    IT also adds to their safety. The most notable was a Mecedes that did a head-on at about 50 mph with a out of control semi truck also going about 50 - like hitting a brick wall at 100 mph. The driver (only person in car) survived. I doubt any would in a typical car American or Japanese car. Rescue crews have complained that their "jaws of life" sometimes can't pry open a Mercede's door, though no lives reported lose as a result. There is a saying that Japanese and American cars are made from thin tin and Mercedes are built of battleship steel.

    The reason is because most cars are built to meet minimal federal and EU safety standards, which for the most part are designed around low-speed accidents. Mercedes builds cars for potential Autobaum accidents and well beyond any government requirements. The extra weight is in the amount of high grade carbon steel they use for the driver/passenger compartment. However, the weight adds to the price, costs fuel economy and affects performance despite powerful motors.

    Safety still does NOT sell. Mercedes appears to be facing an economic necessity to make less safe cars.

    What is your top priorities in buying a car/truck? Pick no more than 3 so it represents a direction of priorities.
    Actually, I have not bought a car in 20 years and putter around in it still with the roof down. When I travel I rent a car that suits, what I am doing and in cities I take cabs. It seems much more practical.

    What I see a lot is people wanting to show how much money they have. Friends go out and buy a Porsche or Bentley and feel good. I find that rather embarrassing, as other friends go out and buy 5 Porsches, 5 Bentleys to drive over to the helicopters, at what ever house they are. So buying one Porsche? What are you supposed to say? How much your friend is demonstrating that he is showing off, what his limit is?

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Cost of vehicle and fuel efficiency. I do a lot a mileage. I am not a car guy It is a means of transportation only, so the rest is pretty unimportant to me. If I wanna have fun I take a plane or bike.
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