Evaluating Your Car Needs Vs. Wants
If you have been reading my posts, you know that I am currently looking for a car. Part of my journey in becoming a grown-up! In my earlier post, I mentioned I wanted a four door, mid-size car with good fuel economy. I want to stay under the 12K range, no more than 15K.
Today I had the chance to talk to one of my buddies who knows a lot more about cars than I do. I told him about the research I had gathered up, and my thoughts so far. I did mention that I felt completely lost with no idea on how to start. I mean who isn’t lost when your buying your first car? The experience makes me want to NOT buy one. LOL
He asked me a couple of questions including: what kind of attributes are you looking for in a car? Do you care about brand, special features? I said that I really wanted to stay under 10K. Most people I had talked to, told me that I would not get what I wanted for that little, and should consider increasing my budget. He said that I did not have to. I just had to reevaluate some of my wants/needs.
Basically, I need a car with low miles and good fuel economy. In the end, it doesn’t matter what size, shape, or color. At first I wanted a four door mid size car, but then I asked myself why? My hubby already has a four door car that sits five people comfortably. So if we wanted to travel, we would just take his car. There is no need for a four door car. I am going to be using my car for city driving to get from home to work to the gym, etc. Switching to a two door makes my price point more achievable. A two door car also means better gas mileage, lower insurance, and lower overall price. Big win!
So, it looks like I will be looking at the Honda Civic, Mazda Miata, Mazda 3, and Ford Focus over the next couple of weeks to see which one I want.
Oh, he also mentioned that Mid May is the best time to shop for a car. Apparently, the 2013 models come out in May, and people buying a new car come in and trade their old cars. This gives us a couple of weeks to figure out which car I want.
I learned a lesson today. You really have to evaluate the needs vs. wants you desire in a car. Especially if you have a budget to stick to! I mean do I need heated seats? Nah. My tush is hot enough ;P. Do I need an mp3 player? Hmm, I don’t even have CD’s or songs to transfer to an MP3 player. I totally rock out to pandora for free! Plus, the radio is free
I hope everybody has a good Thursday! I have a busy day ahead since I put certain things off on Wednesday. It was just one of those days. On the other hand, we completed my hubby’s resume!
What are your thoughts?
P.S. I have been using CarSabi (The Used Car Engine) to browse through cars. I recommend it!
P.S.S. There is a part of me that wonders whether I can survive without a car. I mean that would save us $10K, car maintenance, insurance, gas. Britney at MoneyAfterGrad is attempting to not get a car. Looks like another post coming soon!