BUYING A CAR IN 2017
(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)
It is widely stated that there are no bad new cars for sale
Today, a car is considered to be inexpensive if it costs less than $20,000, and while everything has gone up in price, today’s income figures have not kept the same pace as the price of vehicles. A car, which might have represented 15% of a person’s yearly income forty years ago, might represent more like 40% of his yearly income today. When we get ready to plunk down that kind of money for a vehicle, we would like more assurances than whether or not it is a “good” car. We need to ensure that we are getting the best car possible for our money.
The standard truism is that transportation is the second most expensive item that we spend money on, the first being housing. The truth of that statement can vary from family to family, but with the average family owning two cars (and many owning more), and the high costs of fuel, depreciation, and insurance, the long term cost of family transportation may have surpassed that of housing. For this reason, it has become very important to take the time to decide on what to drive, and then to take more time to shop in this ever growing market.
In the 1960s, there were approximately fifty cars and eight
trucks (not including low volume vehicles) that sold in the
VW Routan by Chrysler
VW Routan by Chrysler
This website is written for people who are looking for a vehicle, but are not that well versed on vehicles. It assumes that you, the reader, do not have excess money to throw around, and it assumes that you need to make the right decision the first time – a “wise purchase”, if you will. A “wise purchase” is defined as a vehicle that has the following qualities:
This website tends to recommend particular brands of vehicles. That recommendation is not from prejudice, ethnic charm, or bribery. It is simply that these vehicles work better and have less problems than competitive vehicles. When the auto industry makes a better vehicle that works better, lasts longer, and has a better resale value, it will be recommended. It is sad that this website has to recommend more foreign brand names than domestic brand names, but it is written as a service, not an advertisement, and cannot recommend vehicles that require more maintenance and have lower resale values, no matter how many JD Power appeal surveys they may win or how popular they might be.
Although this website contains recommendations, it does not attempt to give you a bottom line on which vehicle to buy. Each of us has too many personal preferences for this website to attempt to recommend a specific vehicle for each set of general requirements. That is why there are so many different vehicles to choose from. Instead, this website will provide questions and suggestions intended to help guide you towards the vehicles that are better suited for your purposes. Once there, your requirements for price, style, and size will narrow the field of possibilities so that you may get down two or three vehicles from which to make your selection. Remember that the recommendations here are biased towards the practical because style and features are a) personal choice, and b) worthless if the vehicle does not work. It has to be a “wise purchase”, remember?