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

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

    Only two:

    1. An immediate NEED to purchase another.
    2. The one that minimally meets the desired functional utility.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Dependability and cost over the lifetime of the vehicle (including resale value) are the two most important criteria for me.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    gotta have a work truck nice enough to take my best girl out on Friday night

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

    I'd say while quality is a big concern price is as well. Many people just don't feel like they are getting a bargain anymore.

    I was in the market for a new vehicle two years ago for something sporty/fast. I looked at Mustangs, Camaros, various other cars, when I started seeing the car payments were going to be 750-$1000 a month I just decided to buy a used car.

    I could afford it, and it may be worth it, it just wasn't worth it to me. You can rent a pretty modest 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house for that where I live.

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

    I want my next vehicle to be a Toyota.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by johndylan1 View Post
    gotta have a work truck nice enough to take my best girl out on Friday night
    See you're in Texas. At least until recently, more new trucks than cars sold in Texas. The big cross-over SUVs put a big dent in that though.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paratrooper View Post
    I'd say while quality is a big concern price is as well. Many people just don't feel like they are getting a bargain anymore.

    I was in the market for a new vehicle two years ago for something sporty/fast. I looked at Mustangs, Camaros, various other cars, when I started seeing the car payments were going to be 750-$1000 a month I just decided to buy a used car.

    I could afford it, and it may be worth it, it just wasn't worth it to me. You can rent a pretty modest 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house for that where I live.
    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I want my next vehicle to be a Toyota.

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    Why a Toyota?

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

    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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