About a year ago, I bought an '95 Volkswagen Passat. It was a hasty decision, and I didn’t have it checked out by a mechanic first, and believe me, I learned my lesson well. I thought I could save money on payments by getting an older, inexpensive car, but I was wrong. I have had more trouble with this piece of crap than I even want to talk about.
So, I want to get a new or late model car, maybe a “certified pre-owned” thing with an intact warrantee. But I don’t know where to start. I wonder if there’s a survey I can take. Something that takes your demographic data and suggests models of cars that suit your lifestyle? It may sound lazy, but trusting my own instincts obviously doesn’t work, as my previous experience shows.
The IMHO question is: How did you come to decide to buy the car you currently own (or lease)? What factors did you take into consideration? What would you do differently if you had to start all over again with a different car? Horror and sob stories appreciated and sympathized with.