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Need a car for my daughter to drive to school,work, etc... Only planning to keep the car for a year or two, depending on where she goes to college. Looking for recommendations...

Priorities: Price or payments / Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 6000

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Response from NormT

1:37 pm August 18, 2017

August lease deals from Edmund's August $199 lease deals.


There are two 24 month lease deals that are right about your $6,000 in payments. But at least you won't have to do any maintence or repairs as they are coverin oil changes and obviously the warranty covers that period. And you only pay taxes every month on the portion you rent, not all at once on a $6,000 car. You have the latest in crash worthiness and safety with a 2017 model.

The inlaws had their Corolla totaled by a tree. Insurance was going to give them $7,000 for it and they found another Corolla for similar price but older than 2010. Some of those $8,000 cara did not have side airbags as standard and was optional. I told them they would need to investigate whether it was a fully airbag one or not. The chances of getting the Takata aut bag recalled was a possibility too. They ponied up and bought a 2011 Camry for $11,000. So buyer beware.


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Response from LectroFuel

9:31 pm August 21, 2017

I would lease a compact sedan/hatch for less than $149 a month since you are going to sell it soon. Of course you won't get any money back, but your daughter will be much safer in a new car than an old one.

If you want a used car perhaps a 2009 Corolla would do the trick. It has standard side curtain airbags front and rear, driver front, passenger front, and front side seat-mounted airbags. ESC was optional and became standard in 2010. On the 2009, ESC was available in every trim with an option package. It's an important feature because studies have shown that it reduces the fatality rate in car accidents by 50%. Before 2009, the Corolla did not have great safety scores. On any used car you buy, make sure there is no Takata airbag installed with the mechanic.

The 2010 Mazda 3 would be a less boring car, but is less comfortable than the Corolla. The hatchback would give you more versatility. You will need to buy a more expensive model to get the needed safety features. The manual transmission has a clutch that fails quickly, so maybe stick to the automatic.

These cars are reliable, but not as reliable as a new car.


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