My parents are buying my first car as long as it's within a price range. Instead of getting a crappy first-hand ca, I've chosen a few second hand models. Deciding between a 2003 Jeep Rubicon, 2003 Pink BMW Z4 Convertible, 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, 2006 Dodge Charger or 2--6 Mini Cooper Convertible. Pros and cons? They're all within the 10,000-20,000 range. Also, anyone know mileage for fuel of each? Thanks :)
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Depends how much money you have. Buying a car is so much more than simply being able to take the car home. You have to put gas in the car, maintain it, pay insurance (which can be godawful on a driver your age, even with a clean record) and other miscellaneous fees.
To be perfectly honest with you, I'd wait on getting a flashy car until you are older and have enough money to truly enjoy it (unless of course, you already come from money). That's what I should have done. I got a '00 Mustang GT as my first car, and sure, it was fun. I still love Mustangs. But it just wasn't the right time in my life for a car like that. I am not rich, and while I was able to afford the car at the time, all the other things overwhelmed me. The gas was bad. It was a good running car without a lot of mechanical problems, but whenever I did have to repair it, it was expensive. And the insurance was the worst of all, even though I only had 2 traffic tickets in my nearly 10 years of driving (all in my first, least experienced year).
The other thing is, your first car is probably going to get beat up a bit. You don't want to spend a lot of money on something nice just to see it get ruined. If your area has a winter like mine does, the road salt will cause the underside of the car to rust. It's better to just get a fuel-efficient car that you won't care about as much, and wait for a fun car until you can have a winter beater as well.
So, if it was me, I'd have waited until I was older and could comfortably afford a nice car, and have enough money that buying gas, maintenance, insurance, and fees isn't taking all the fun out of having a flashy car. Then with all the extra money that I wouldn't have spent on gas etc., I'd have gotten other stuff I wanted, gone on vacations, taken lessons in things I like, done more living. And maybe by now I'd have been able to buy a newer, more powerful higher-level Mustang.
It is fun to have a flashy car when you're young. But if you wait, as corny as it sounds it will be here before you know it.0