1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Best Car Under 16K?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by xboxps3wow, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    I'm about to buy a car and won't spend more than 16-17k. What would be the best car for the money?
    Btw, I'm 21.. single, so no minivans.
     
  2. playerapX

    playerapX Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    54
    Home Page:
    id say a "2011 Hyundai Elantra" I think thsoe are going for like 15k, base.
     
  3. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    $18,200 for automatic... :(
     
  4. orzyman

    orzyman Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2011
    Messages:
    808
    Likes Received:
    197
    Occupation:
    http://i.imgur.com/0aNSa.gif
    Location:
    in your mind
    well i don't know maybe BMW series 1 :confused:
     
  5. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    Haha, it doesn't have to be brand new.. it could be 1-2 years old.
     
  6. flymethod

    flymethod Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2010
    Messages:
    214
    Likes Received:
    58
    If I had that amount to spend I would get a used Acura TL.
     
  7. moostangdude

    moostangdude Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2010
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Texas
    At 16k a "nice" model car is going to be more than a couple of years old. Cars have gone up a lot in the past 10 years.

    Does insurance / fuel economy matter? You want a car/ truck/ people hauler?
     
  8. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    Amazing car... but for 16-17k all I can get is a 2005 car :*(
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  9. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    Yeah, insurance does matter.. but I don't really care about fuel economy. Don't like trucks, but everything else is OK.

    I saw a 2009 Camry for 15.4K with 20k miles on it... I might get it, but its a bit too of a "family car" or is it? (No accidents, clean title)
     
  10. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,774
    Likes Received:
    22,022
    Occupation:
    I don't actually have a job
    Location:
    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
    Home Page:
    Spend half the amount and put the balance in a savings account.

    You can get a decent used car for 8K.

    At 21 you want to build your bank balance so it works for you for years.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 4
  11. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    I'm not spending all my money.. I'm not stupid :p
    I have a little bit saved up and have no student loans, so its all good. I barely spend any money (no friends), so I managed to save for the last few years. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

    And what car can I get for under 8k? Something that wouldn't break on me all the time. I own an older Galant and the AC died on it.. before that, I had to change the alternator, ignition coils, etc...
     
  12. imlol

    imlol Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    464
    Location:
    USA
    s2000


    edit: Dont get a camry, get the lexus es300. Theyre the same cars. Lexus is the luxury line of toyota. Infiniti is the luxury line of Nissan. Acura is the luxury line of Honda. My lexus actually has toyota on the glass lol.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  13. WROMERO

    WROMERO Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    17
    for $8k you can get yourself a nice used civic or accord with up to date maintenance.
     
  14. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,774
    Likes Received:
    22,022
    Occupation:
    I don't actually have a job
    Location:
    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
    Home Page:
    You could probably get an older Infinity for that kind of cash.

    I have a G35 and that thing will last forever.

    I didn't mean to imply that you were stupid so please forgive me if I came across like that and spending the majority of your money on a car is just not a good idea if all you will have left over is just a few thousand dollars.

    Mazda is making some real good cars as well; we bought a CX-9 last week... actually got rid of a ML420 to do it.

    I don't think that is in your wheelhouse but you may want to look at that brand as well.
     
  15. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    I already own a car "under 8k".. that's why I want to upgrade.

    S2000 is a nice car.. but insurance will kill me! (Under 25 and had a small accident)
     
  16. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,774
    Likes Received:
    22,022
    Occupation:
    I don't actually have a job
    Location:
    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
    Home Page:
    In Cook County I imagine a bicycle would be expensive to insure.
     
  17. Kronic

    Kronic Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    20
    Occupation:
    Nismo Whore
    Location:
    Within a small corner in the back shadows of my ab
    i'd suggest something like a new nissan sentra. i know one guy who got a 2010 model at the end of the year, he only paid 10k cause he paid cash. it was all base model, but was pretty nice. and got 40mpg.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  18. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    G35 is a very nice car.. might take a look at those.
    I don't really like the CX-9, but Mazda 3speed looks pretty nice and fairly cheap! Don't know much about mazdas, though. Are they reliable?
     
  19. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    737
    Likes Received:
    239
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Chicago
    10k?? How? I would love a 2010 sentra for 10k... but I don't think that's possible for a car that wasn't flooded or has a rebuilt title.

    EDIT:
    http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/ctd/2531799041.html
    Awesome car.. wish it was newer than 2005, though :(
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  20. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,774
    Likes Received:
    22,022
    Occupation:
    I don't actually have a job
    Location:
    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
    Home Page:
    Uber reliable; that is a very solid brand.