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 joko104 View Post
    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 definitely agree with the idea of buying used cars, or anything really.

    I've always been a big supporter of Fords Panther platform (i.e. Crown Vic, Grand Marquis, Town Car) and when I found out that they weren't going to be making them any more I wanted to get one last new Grand Marquis in 2010. I went to Enterprise and bought a slightly used rental, complete with a full warranty for less than most people would buy a new Nissan Sentra.

    It was essentially a new car, hardly broken in with 18K miles on the odometer.

    We do the same thing with almost everything we buy, from computers to cameras. If we can get a factory refurbished item, we'll take it in a heartbeat.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paratrooper View Post
    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.
    We've rented a couple of the Madzas in the past. Seems like excellently made cars.

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

    There was no option for "fun to drive," although I guess you could argue that this might be a combination of:

    • Performance
    • How the car looks
    • Multi-use capability



    Out of the six cars that I've owned, only one was bought out of sheer practicality. It was a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, I bought it new as a tool to improve my nonexistent credit. I used it as my city driving car, because my other vehicle at the time, a '73 Chevy Custom didn't really get good gas milage and irritated the neighbors when I'd start it at 0530 to go to work.

    Generally though, I buy a car because I think it will be fun and because I want it. My Grand Marquis is only three years old so I'm not really looking for anything now, but if I were it'd be either a Tesla Model S, Scion FR-S, Land Rover Defender 90 or the proposed Jeep pick-up truck:

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

    I am all about function over form.
    I have had very good luck buying used cars (and trucks),
    but that market is becoming less of a good deal.
    In the past, I used a simple formula.
    Select a vehicle/year that is roughly at the end of the payment cycle.
    Select a vehicle/year that consumer reports list as better than average reliability.
    Look at the brand lot where the vehicle came from (i.e. used Ford on a Ford lot)
    Try and find one that came from that dealer.
    Have a trusted Mechanic check it out.
    The idea on the dealer lot, is that someone bought the vehicle, made all the payments,
    and liked the vehicle/dealer enough to go back and get another.
    It also takes advantage of the fact that many people get a new car itch as that last payment is coming up.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    This thing did not do well at all. The lack of ruggedness and a V8 compared to standard pickup trucks had a negative affect on sales. This truck was never taken seriously be real truck owners or professionals.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I am all about function over form.
    I have had very good luck buying used cars (and trucks),
    but that market is becoming less of a good deal.
    In the past, I used a simple formula.
    Select a vehicle/year that is roughly at the end of the payment cycle.
    Select a vehicle/year that consumer reports list as better than average reliability.
    Look at the brand lot where the vehicle came from (i.e. used Ford on a Ford lot)
    Try and find one that came from that dealer.
    Have a trusted Mechanic check it out.
    The idea on the dealer lot, is that someone bought the vehicle, made all the payments,
    and liked the vehicle/dealer enough to go back and get another.
    It also takes advantage of the fact that many people get a new car itch as that last payment is coming up.
    We go to both extremes. If for utility that is ALL we care about. If for personal and pleasure usage, we want it to about form in terms of reflecting the opinion we have of each other and ourselves. What you drive is a bit like what you wear - it tells about you. Plus there is the question of the quality of life for the time spend in a vehicle as that becomes your environment.

    For utility/work vehicles, we singularly care about function - meaning cheap but good running beatup old trucks. We don't have to worry about dinging them up or keeping them clean - just keep 'em running and drive them til they drop.

    But for personal use, we go for unique, powerful and impressive. Thus our trucks, other than not wrecked, are about the cheapest around and we buy them for $2-3K. But our personal use vehicles are rare, "status," and very poor fuel economy monster-power machines ranging for a 600 hp prototype Italian 4x4 designer SUV (of a defunct company) to 800 hp Mercedes. We buy all vehicles used and generally at very low prices even for being used.

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

    Quality is my first priority, everything else is a distant second.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Grendel View Post
    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.
    I agree with your analysis. I used to disfavor Corvettes, but they are very reliable, lower repair/maintenance costs, far more customization options, and by far the most performance bang for the buck. The Z06 put Corvette back into the true performance car league and the 2014 at a mere 3100 pounds should be a real screamer. If Corvette does put a 700 hp motor in their ZR1 as is rumored, with that low weight and without the mechanical drain of all-wheel drive it will definitely be in the super-car category able to go up against even the best of the Italian mega-costly exotics.
    For old muscle car performance combined with excellent handling and braking, a used late model Z06 Vette is by far the best deal out there. And try pricing performance mods to a Vette compared to a BMW or Audi, even if you can find parts options for those imports. Plus the Corvette has vastly more potential regardless of $$.

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

    anonymous polls suck

    I buy the lexus brand for several reasons

    1) my first lexus, the cheapest one at the time (ES 250) I bought new and put 265K+ fairly trouble free miles on it

    2) the service department is near and helpful

    3) I might buy a mercedes based on the facts you set forth though



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

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    This thing did not do well at all. The lack of ruggedness and a V8 compared to standard pickup trucks had a negative affect on sales. This truck was never taken seriously be real truck owners or professionals.
    While those sloping side beds increase gas mileage by 1 mpg, that design is absurd, as is the 6 foot long and narrow beds.

    The standard for a pickup bed was the same for decades - to able to hold a 4X8 sheet of plywood flat and close the tailgate. If a full sized truck can't do that, it's a failure in my opinion.

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