The freedom of getting a driver’s license is one that is remembered forever, but it cannot compare to buying and owning that first car. Unfortunately, most of us do not have the funds to buy a dream car at first, but there are some affordable choices that can help you hit the open road while saving some much needed funds.
When choosing a first car it seems that the heart is typically the guide. It is a memorable occasion and one that many remember forever. First cars hold many first memories, many are even named. A few cars that should be considered are described below. Remember, while looking good is one option, saving is a better one. Focus on price, good gas mileage, and even low maintenance. Read on for some options.
Though most dream of a Porsche or Mustang, these are unlikely first car options for the majority. As a first car on a budget, consider buying used. For a good car under 10,000 dollars keep these in mind. The Mercedes Diesel has a huge tank and runs for hundreds of thousands of miles on average. Though they are older models, 80s and 90s, many are still being sold. Another older car is the BMW 3-Series that is a true classic. The small car is a demon in the snow with all wheel drive and the engines are known to be reliable. Unfortunately, these cars are not airbag equipped so buy with caution. Moving into this decade the Volvo S60 has high crash test ratings, but must have been properly maintained. There are even turbocharged models available.
For a smaller car, the Mazda3 has a used starting price of about $3,500 and is fun to drive. It hugs corners, but does not offer a great deal of power, keeping first drivers extra safe. Another great option is the Honda Civic. Known to run for 200,000 miles when properly maintained, this car is almost bulletproof. Since it is a highly popular car it is relatively cheap to customize for those who want to add a little flair to their first ride with aftermarket details. No list would be complete without the Volkswagen in some form. A Golf or Jetta TDI are good options for new car owners. It seems these cars can go on forever with over 100,000 miles being highly common. This is one of the best for fuel economy on a budget. What memories do you have of your first car?