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$500/month cash towards a car...what to do?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Lizard23, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. Lizard23

    Lizard23 Well-Known Member

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    As posted above, my parking, gas, tolls, all other incidentals are paid for on TOP of the $500/month. I currently pay 545/month for parking and I expense this without any issue. The $500 just needs to cover monthly car payment (or lease) and insurance. It is ridiculous to say I am going to have to pay out of pocket "no matter what" as I can lease a camry for 200/month + 100/month insurance and pocket 200/month

    Yes, i live in manhattan, and need the car for work. In what capacity i need the car is of no relevance to the original question which is....

    If you had 500/month (tax free) for a car and insurance, what kind of car would you buy/lease?
     


  2. grundletaint

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    a camry and pocket 200
     


  3. milosz

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    I'd go even smaller than a Camry, if you don't need marque to impress people. The Scion coupe/sedan (tC?) or a Honda Civic.
     


  4. Monaco

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    If you're going to be stuck in traffic all the time, might as well do it in the most comfortable premium luxury brand, Lexus. Go lease a new GS.

    [​IMG]
     


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    500 a month for a car and insurance isn't much. In Brooklyn my insurance is almost $150. I drive a Volvo S60 at $339 a month, so I'm in your budget. Its a nice car, not quite as bling as some of the other suggestions but its not a Camry. I'd even size down and go to an s40 or one of those c30 coupes.
     


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    Dont get a BMW. Everyone has a BMW and half of those people are self indulgent weiners.
    I bet that you don't have a BMW. Recommend Camry 2.5 SE. Good looking car, inexpensive, reliable, best interior fit and finish in its class. Only car for the money that comes with a nice set of 17" wheels and decent V-rated tires.
     


  7. Lizard23

    Lizard23 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all. Very helpful. I agree about 350/month for the car alone is prob my max. Now just have to shop around.
     


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    BMW 328i

    Hell yeah.
     


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    Dont get a BMW. Everyone has a BMW and half of those people are self indulgent weiners.

    You complete, utter plonker.

    Are you this guy?

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  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    500 a month for a car and insurance isn't much. In Brooklyn my insurance is almost $150. I drive a Volvo S60 at $339 a month, so I'm in your budget. Its a nice car, not quite as bling as some of the other suggestions but its not a Camry. I'd even size down and go to an s40 or one of those c30 coupes.

    I also live in Brooklyn, my insurance is a painful $140/month for '00 Corrolla. NY has high accident rates and extremely tort happy. With the leftover cash, I recommend a Honda Fit (~$200-250) and pocketing the rest.
     


  12. DNW

    DNW Stylish Dinosaur

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  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    You're the one with the tattoo??



    I keed...I keed...[​IMG]


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    Nah, me and guidos are on the opposite side of haole-hood. [​IMG]
     


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    Last time I checked an Audi a5 was around $475 a month lease...
     


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    If you're going to be stuck in traffic all the time, might as well do it in the most comfortable premium luxury brand, Lexus. Go lease a new GS. [​IMG]
    This chromed striped period blood colored jelly bean is hideous on many levels, inside, out, and in how it drives. They don't sell too many of these to the non-AARP set.
     


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