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?

    Cost and reliability are my top priorities.


    I also like a good stereo system.
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    Ebay is an excellent place to find fantastic deals on older cars. There are people who need money NOW! in small towns, cities and rural areas all over the USA who don't have the few hundred dollars to fix the brakes or a/c or put in a new clutch - for which they throw it up on ebay for whatever they can get, often having no clue what's worth. But beware. Pictures ALWAYS make cars look better than they are and figure problems not mentions. HOWEVER, for pre-computer and carberated cars that are USA built, there are NO real mechanical challenges and both used and after-market parts are plentiful and cheap, plus any shop can work on them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Cost and reliability are my top priorities.


    I also like a good stereo system.
    Not wrecked, starts and runs, working a/c and a good stereo meets all the basic needs of transportation in my opinion.

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

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    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?

    I'm not particularly worried about cost, I want it to be comfortable and filled with creature comforts as well as relatively fuel efficient (the last car I bought for my wife, we sacrificed some fuel efficiency so we could have all the bells and whistles). Ultimately though, it just has to be a car that you want to get into every day and that's not something on the list.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I'm not particularly worried about cost, I want it to be comfortable and filled with creature comforts as well as relatively fuel efficient (the last car I bought for my wife, we sacrificed some fuel efficiency so we could have all the bells and whistles). Ultimately though, it just has to be a car that you want to get into every day and that's not something on the list.
    A lot it depends on usage. Some people NEED a truck and can only afford 1 vehicle. If a person commutes a distance to work and limit budget, an economic car makes sense. If a person has the bucks and can afford creature and pleasure comforts, then that makes sense. A person who feels a duty to the planet in a green sense should buy accordingly etc.

    Work vehicles are just machines to me. Whatever cheapest and easiest gets the task done. For personal use, I prefer large, heavy, powerful and attractive vehicles. But I do not need or even want new vehicles.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    A lot it depends on usage. Some people NEED a truck and can only afford 1 vehicle. If a person commutes a distance to work and limit budget, an economic car makes sense. If a person has the bucks and can afford creature and pleasure comforts, then that makes sense. A person who feels a duty to the planet in a green sense should buy accordingly etc.

    Work vehicles are just machines to me. Whatever cheapest and easiest gets the task done. For personal use, I prefer large, heavy, powerful and attractive vehicles. But I do not need or even want new vehicles.
    I bought two new cars less than 2 years ago, I'm not in the market for a while, especially since my wife's car has done less than 15k since we bought it. However, I don't use a work vehicle, it's all for personal use and transport and I don't find that I need a truck that often and if I do, I can just rent one.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    price, cost of ownership, resale value, and eye appeal

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

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    A lot it depends on usage. Some people NEED a truck and can only afford 1 vehicle. If a person commutes a distance to work and limit budget, an economic car makes sense. If a person has the bucks and can afford creature and pleasure comforts, then that makes sense. A person who feels a duty to the planet in a green sense should buy accordingly etc.

    Work vehicles are just machines to me. Whatever cheapest and easiest gets the task done. For personal use, I prefer large, heavy, powerful and attractive vehicles. But I do not need or even want new vehicles.
    me too, I bought one of these in 2010 even though I have a company car that I drive. It should last me a long time as it only has 23k miles on it now. Nothing beats a truck.

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

    longevity/dependability and maintenance costs.
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