Originally Posted by zeni
Offering a friendly reply is grounds for derision? Fuck off.
To the OP, I forgot to add that I'd avoid used cars. My friends who went that route (an Audi A8 and a BMW Z4) ended up with mechanical issues and neither car had high mileage. Parts for both were naturally expensive and hard to track down. The Z4 it seemed like every month something was going out. For the A8 he started having engine trouble and we found small cracks around hard to spot areas of the engine block. It turned out the previous owner had been in a collision and just replaced cosmetic stuff and parts to keep it running, then sold it off. A few years worth of repairs later and the tranny died.
Moral of the story, if you do go used, be sure to inspect every inch.
For his budget, he's pretty much going ot have to get a used car. I think the key at the $10,000 price point is to buy a car that is normally not that much more expensive and has very few miles but is now within your price range simply because of the normal (and drastic) depreciation all cars undergo. Buying a BMW, Audi, or Benz that is old or has lots of miles doesn't make sense. Maintenance will be horrendous, and you won't have the car for long. Plus, he can easily find a used car within his budget that still is under the factory warranty.