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post #1 of 25 Old 07-29-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a Car Under $15k

The last car I bought (my current car) I'm not totally thrilled with. Unfortunately I only had one day to look and buy at the time so I didn't have the luxury to look further and get what I really wanted. It's a bit older (2005 Buick Lacrosse), and the only other reasonable option on the lot was a newer Chevy Aveo. I had one of those as a rental for a week once, and let's just say it was very much like driving a cardboard box... so Lacrosse it was.

I've had the darn thing for two years now and especially recently it has been costing me quite a bit in unexpected expenses. (One was a tire issue, not the car's fault, but have had to fix A/C, clear tailpipe, fix electrical for my lowbeams, and when I went through the car wash today my roof started leaking from the interior lights up front. THAT can't bode well...)

On top of that, since it's an older vehicle my interest rate is higher than if it were newer. (I can drop my interest rate by up to 4% by getting 2010 or newer! )

Here are my requirements:
-Under or around $15k
-GOOD engine with a reasonable amount of get-up-and-go. Does not have to be a V6, but does need to have some power behind it. I've driven some newer Nissans that had a great balance in this regard.
-Automatic transmission
-Decent fuel economy, preferably around 30 MGP HWY
-A/C and heat (probably difficult NOT to find in newer cars)
-Aux port
-Not "frumpy" - I am a 20-something, so no grandma cars!
-4 seat or 2 seats are both fine

If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations of cars in this range, that would be awesome! Thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 25 Old 07-29-2014, 07:39 PM
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Why not New

I have a 2014 Ford Focus, the 2014 starts at 16,500.00

With cash back, incentives from Ford, you can get one for about 14,000, a nice one with some options for 16k

37 MPG Hwy, 0-60 in about 7 seconds, handles extremely well and a Top Speed that will get you in very serious trouble

I have had the Focus a few times before, very Reliable....

Best of all American Made by and American Company


Just to add, you might pick up a low mileage 2012 used for about 11-12k, the 2010 and 2011 are OK, just not as sporty looking

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Lots of people don't like buying new because of the depreciation. I work for a Ford Dealer as a sales manager and you can get a really nice used car 50K+ miles for 15k. PLUS a new focus that goes for 16k are usually the S models, which are the bottom of the trim packages.

Shoot, we have 2012 Focus SE and SEL models on our lot for 14k AND they are Certified Pre-Owned
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Why not New

I have a 2014 Ford Focus, the 2014 starts at 16,500.00

With cash back, incentives from Ford, you can get one for about 14,000, a nice one with some options for 16k

37 MPG Hwy, 0-60 in about 7 seconds, handles extremely well and a Top Speed that will get you in very serious trouble

I have had the Focus a few times before, very Reliable....

Best of all American Made by and American Company


Just to add, you might pick up a low mileage 2012 used for about 11-12k, the 2010 and 2011 are OK, just not as sporty looking

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I hope this is sarcasm LOL! Ford is not american by american. Lot of our stuff is made in Spain, Mexico, etc.
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I really like a Hyundai Veloster! I know a girl who has one and it's very sporty, yet it has a lot of room.
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I have an older Focus and I love it.
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I hope this is sarcasm LOL! Ford is not american by american. Lot of our stuff is made in Spain, Mexico, etc.
The transmission of the Focus is made in Mexico, the rest in the USA and Ford is an American Owned Company

Hyndai, Toyota, Kia, Honda are owned by foreign Companies, some of them may be assemble here, but with 70% foreign parts or more.


Call it Sarcasm or call it American Pride...... I prefer to buy as much American product from American Companies as I possibly can......


BTW, the 2014 I was speaking of is a SE and with incentives and rebates was a touch less that 16k, thank you. List was over 20k

I have seen a lot of 2012 SEL models with low mileage in the 11k to 12k, of course not from a dealer, a dealer wants to make too much profit on a used car


If you buy new, I suggest Tuecar.com , save a ton of money and the 4-5 hour average at a new car dealer

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The transmission of the Focus is made in Mexico, the rest in the USA and Ford is an American Owned Company

Hyndai, Toyota, Kia, Honda are owned by foreign Companies, some of them may be assemble here, but with 70% foreign parts or more.


Call it Sarcasm or call it American Pride...... I prefer to buy as much American product from American Companies as I possibly can......


BTW, the 2014 I was speaking of is a SE and with incentives and rebates was a touch less that 16k, thank you. List was over 20k

I have seen a lot of 2012 SEL models with low mileage in the 11k to 12k, of course not from a dealer, a dealer wants to make too much profit on a used car


If you buy new, I suggest Tuecar.com , save a ton of money and the 4-5 hour average at a new car dealer

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Hm. I haven't looked at the new rebates and incentives. I can't imagine them being over 3k in rebates alone, perhaps with all the special "incentives" thrown in that only certain people get and at a plan buyer price. But then again, I haven't priced out a new Focus in weeks.

But I will agree don't go to a corporate dealer. Unless you want the extra CPO warranty. However you will pay more for it, because we have to pay more to get them certified.
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Thanks guys! Some thoughts on what's been said thus far...

I've been hearing a lot of good things about the newer Focus both here, and on review sites. It's looking better by the day lol! I could care less about where it's made as far as cars are concerned. I care MUCH more that it's reliable. If it's 100% American made but costs me more in upkeep because it breaks down all the time then I'd buy a foreign made car for more that will cost less in the long run. Fortunately it sounds like the American companies have bitten themselves in the butt enough by putting out crappy vehicles over the last few decades that they've really upped their game in the last couple years! Works for me!

As for the Hyundai Veloster... Not really my style, personally. I keep trying to like it, and I just can't for some reason. It looks like I could get a nearly new Accent or Elantra however, and both of those I like the newer revamps of. Anyone have experience with those? Also open to looking at newer Kias.

I will probably not go to a corporate dealer except where I got my current car. We are very close family friends with one of their lead salespeople and were able to get my Buick for only $900 more than the dealership paid for it!

Keep them coming, guys! It's very much appreciated.
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I used to sell Hyundais. The Elantra is an AWESOME car. I absolutely love the Elantra GT, but the regular Elantra is very nice, as well.
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