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best car for under $15k? new or used

cheessus

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im looking to buy a car, but with all the options available, the process is a little overwhelming since it looks like im just picking numbers out of a hat with my approach to researching this thing.

i just got out of school and money is a little tight, but i really need a car. ive got up to $15k to spend total, but would prefer if i could keep it close to $10k. new or used it doesnt really matter to me though i think id prefer new to avoid headaches with mechanical problems that may be associated with used cars. but if there is a model that is really reliable, i may get a used car.

i could care less for styling unless it really looks ugly; i just need it to be functional and practical. thanks for any suggestions. btw, i live in california.
 

Jayhawk1412

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Honda Accord
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Ford Fusion

Very practical, and inexpensive all around
 

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Honda Civic
 

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mitsubishi lancer.
great warranty included (10 years, 160,000km powertrain)
 

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I've driven a Scion tC for the past 5 years and I've had zero issues with it. It was only about $18,000 brand new and loaded with standard features that are options on most other cars. It's also pretty quick (2.4 L inline 4 cylinder, 160 horsepower) and gets very good gas mileage. You could easily find a used one with fairly low miles for under $15,000.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan
Honda Fit.

+1, that's what i got last year. lots of storage and u can sleep in it if need be. good resale value. i got black in the hopes it would lend more gravitas to the car's diminutive/sporty appearance, but unless u can find a very good wax to repel the dirt, I'd recommend white.
 

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Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima.
 

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Buying new is lighting money on fire. You're essentially throwing a few thousand out the window as soon as you leave the lot. Buy a used Civic, Camry or Corolla and have a mechanic look it over before you pay.
 

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You have a lot of choices of dependable used cars for aroudn $15k. If it wasn't my dream car, I wouldn't have any problem buying a 2-3 year old car and save some money from the depreciation. Most cars nowadays are fairly reliable, domestic or foreign. Get yourself one of those Consumer Reports car buying guides and get whatever they suggest that's close to your preferences.

If I were to spend $15k right now on a used car, I'd probably go for a 05-07 Subaru WRX.
 

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Low-mileage 2007 GTI: it's no Accord but then it's no Accord.
 

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