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frank
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i am 27. working full time. probably gonna be married in few years (hopefully 3-4)

I need me a new car, and my budget is $35,000. nothing more
spent some time in Glendale today, walked around different dealership
and this is some of things I concluded.

1. Buying Accord or Camry is not an option
2. Ford still got long way to go
3. There's no 'perfect' car
4. Kia Optima is much better than I expected

with that said, I came down to top 4 options right now.

1. Certified Used 2008 BMW 328i Coupe (35,000 miles or less with some options)
2. Hyundai Sonata, 2.4, full option
3. Kia Optima, 2.4, full option (it got seat cooler!!!!!!!!!!!)
4. Infinit G25

what do you think?
would you suggest something else?

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roflingsam
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my friend was shopping for a car with similar price range last year and he ended up with a acura tl for like 33k out the door. even though the exterior was ugly i thought it drove really smooth and it has a big interior.

i never drove it, but i think i would go with a kia optima. seat coolers might be the best option ever.
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i'm decidin' between kia optima and hyundai sonata

but my budget isn't as high as yours...mine is prolly like 25k

with your budget there are better options. infinit or acura would be somethin' good to look into. perhaps a used lexus or bmw?

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sementherapy
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you guys spend so much money on your cars!!

save that for a down payment on a house and buy a $5000 commuter.
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sementherapy
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35K is a shitload of money on a car. my sister's business partner made EIGHT figures last year. the guy drives a 2003 Honda Accord LX.
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:54 pm View user's profile Send private message
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no.

i'll worry about a house when i have a fiance/wife. i'm still relatively young, and have my best years (financially) ahead of me. if i can afford it now, i'd rather buy it now. you only live once - might as well live lavish.

i think there has to be a balance between blowin' money fast and being a miser. both extremes are bad, but like all things balance is key.

it's like this. you can live in a full-service apt lap of luxury for the rest of your life. you'll never own it, but you'll be waited on hand and foot. you pay 5k a month for the rest of your life. you buy a house - a nice house, but not ultra luxurious like the apt. you pay 5k on a 30-year mortgage. at 60-watever the fuck you own the house. do you want to start living your life at 60?! who even knows if they'll make it there. sure it'll be nice to own your house, and if you really had to you could liquidate - and that's really the only benefit to owning. the possibility that you can liquidate if you must. unless you're going to use it as an extra source of income (up for rent) but let's pretend that's not the case.

people have different definitions of wealth - for some it's safety and security (the house) for others it's living it up (the apt). most people are required to have to choose between the two, but why aim low and settle for one or the other. be a big-bo$$-hog and get both. and really, the only way to push yourself to get there is finding that balance.

i fa'sho don't have that balance yet, but feel by only experiencing both extremes can i find the sweet spot for myself - and that's what it's all about. figuring out what works for you.

my cousin also makes 7 figures a year (almost 40 now). she shops at target, drives a 1990-something honda accord, doesn't own a single diamond, and lives in a shitty house. who's to say she's living right? nobody likes going out to eat with her (cuz' they always leave hungry and are taken to shitty restaurants to save $$), people mooshi-hae her cuz' she looks broke, and she really just has herself and her money to keep herself company. she criticizes me for my spending habits (which are gross - i'll admit - i'm working on it), but then always comes asking me how i'm so stress and care-free when she's depressed, etc.

i guess i've rambled on, but in the end i don't want to live a life of necessity - getting things only because i need them, but getting things because i want to and can.

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frank
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kicker: i thought about acura/infiniti.. but 35,000 acrua/infiniti aint that nice. plus insurance will go real high real quick

used bmw was my other option, very tempting option... but the maintenance is too high i think. again, insurance will go high

I said $35,000 just to give myself some options. and i want nicely loaded car.

Semen: what you say is ture... but i've been driving 2000 Corolla for way too long. my family got it brand new in 2000. my mom drove it for 2 years. then i drove it since. 9 years. I think it's about time I change my car.

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certified used hyundai genesis sedan. you can pick up a 2009-2010 genesis sedan from anywhere between $24k to $30k.

the genesis is nicely loaded, has great reviews and should fulfill your needs when you start a family.

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Honda Fit. Go.

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id lease if i were u.

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Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:38 am View user's profile Send private message
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Original. wrote:
id lease if i were u.


even though I want to keep it for long time?

What's the benefit of leasing the car?

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You shouldn't spend too much on a car unless you can afford to. Unlike houses, cars depreciate in value over time while houses usually stay the same or go up in value over time (especially if u renovate)
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you want to keep a car, but you plan on marriage down the line.

all the cars you mentioned isnt suitable for a family...maybe the sonata.



everyones saying to buy a house..you aint even married yet, whats the point? everyone gives me shit because i own 2 cars and had a bike...but shit, i aint got no kids, i dont need a ballin house to live in yet, so ill spend my money on shit i like.

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Doesn't have to be a house. It could be a nice condo in downtown which would be great to have if u are single. After u get married u can just buy a house and rent out the condo.
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:36 pm View user's profile Send private message
frank
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Bacchanalian wrote:
You shouldn't spend too much on a car unless you can afford to. Unlike houses, cars depreciate in value over time while houses usually stay the same or go up in value over time (especially if u renovate)


so what do you drive?

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frank wrote:
Bacchanalian wrote:
You shouldn't spend too much on a car unless you can afford to. Unlike houses, cars depreciate in value over time while houses usually stay the same or go up in value over time (especially if u renovate)


so what do you drive?


Nothing special, just an acura TL

I should practice what I preach and save up for condo, but I badly want the new C7 vette lol. I'm not a good role model if you're looking to make a financially prudent decision.
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my reasoning is, youre only young once...so drive whatever u want til the wheels fall off.

ill settle for a grocery getter and a pad later when i have to.




with that said, here i am looking for a late model R1..hahah.

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with 35k, get a nice reliable car...you can find many that top out at 25k...and invest/save the other 10k

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and i'm still drivin' my 98 civic...if your car is givin' you no problems then keep drivin' it and save a lil' more for somethin' you'd want

the only reason it's time for me to get a new car is that maintainin' this car just isn't worth it when compared to the value of it.

if not i'd keep drivin' it and save up for the future.

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sementherapy wrote:
you guys spend so much money on your cars!!

save that for a down payment on a house and buy a $5000 commuter.


you cant down pay no house with 35k in la.

and lease is a okay idea if you drive less than 12k a year.

oh yeah you should also look at the vw cc.
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