OK, I’m in the market for a new (used) car, and I’ve pretty much decided on a Honda Civic sedan. Basically, I’m looking for an economical car that will last me 10+ years, and is something that isn’t necessarily “impressive”, but is at least “respectable”.
I’m hoping to spend losely in the $10K range (probably a little higher), which would get me something 2-3 years old I think.
Now that I’ve narrowed down what I’m looking for I still have a few questions:
I’ve been looking a lot at cars that are Honda certified. Is this a good idea, or does it even matter? I’m assuming that a certified used car will be more expensive, is it worth it?
I’m leaning towards getting a manual transmission, altough I’m really looking at both. The main reason I’m thinking manual is because I’d assume it would be cheaper up front, and because I’ve heard that automatics are a lot more expensive to fix. Am I really saving money going with the manual? I’ve driven cars with stick in the past, but that was over 5 year ago, so I figure I’ll have to get used to it again. But, once I do get used to it again, I think I’ll probably prefer it. Is there anyone out there with a stick car that wishes they had an auto? Anything else I need to consider here?
Any similar cars I should look at? Overall what I’m looking for is something that is cheap to buy/own/maintain, and will last me a long time. Something smaller, 4 doors probably, and nothing flashy. It seems like everyone I talk to has nothing but good things to say about the Hondas, and they are usually the first thing they recommend. Anything else to consider, or is the Civic pretty much the obvious choice?
I’m probably going to buy from a dealer, so any adivce on getting a reasonable deal? To be honest, I’m far from a car expert and I’ve never really made a major purchase that could be negotiated, so I don’t expect to get the best deal possible. I guess I just want to know I’m not getting ripped off, and I’m not going to worry too much about getting the best possible price ever. Any input here?
Anything else I should consider, or anything I need to know?
Thanks a lot for the help.