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01-25-2007 10:45 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Tommy Z

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Hey guys,
I just found out the 50% of my paycheck that's been going into my account is for my car (sweet! ).

What exactly should someone who is going to graduate from highschool (in 2 years) be looking for?
I know I have lots and lots of time, but I'd like to brainstorm.
I was thinking 2 things:
A slightly smaller, sporty car ex. Mazda 3, and some Acura model I saw (can't recall the name)

OR
Something slightly larger, like a Tahoe, Jeep, etc.
My family and I go camping alot and do lots of just 'outdoor/rustic' stuff. But, the last cars I mentioned aren't as fuel efficient. The first cars I mentioned are of course more fuel efficient, but I'm worried it won't necessarily fit my lifestyle.

LASTLY
A motorcycle (pocket rocket/street bike). I've been into motorcycles since I was about 7. Since then, I've always known which have been top-of-the-line, which are fastest, engine specs, etc. I rode a dirt-bike once...It was BY FAR the coolest/most 'at home' feeling ever. I felt like that was where I belonged - on 2 wheels.

What should I be considering when buying a car/motorcycle?
Thanks buddies

Tommy

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01-25-2007 10:54 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Crazy Horse

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LOL for a HS grad how much does it cost to insure, how much does it cost to feed, how much room does it have, how much does it cost to feed, reliability

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01-25-2007 10:58 PM  10 years agoPost 3
brooksnb

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What should I be considering when buying a car
First...how much money will that savings ammount to ??

Second...pay cash for the car and for now you can only generalize what you will actually be needing.In two years time maybe your folks would be ready to trade cars...perhaps buying from them might get you a great deal.

Do you need to save for further education ?? if so..perhaps that will denote if the vehicle needs to be newer ...especially if you need to travel quite a lot. That will also make your fuel economey decision.

Do you have a driving liscence ?? if not...get one and probally your folks would put you on their insurance plan...that way when you have your own car it won't cost nearly as much to get insurance.

Two years is a long ways away at your age a lot of things may effect your decision...good luck.

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01-25-2007 11:01 PM  10 years agoPost 4
EvoFlight50

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do you have a car already?

if you already have a car then def get a car ... id go with something thats smaller and better on gas but having a suv is nice ... i do miss having mine ...

as for a bike ... they're a lot of fun especially when you have a group to ride with ... i got tired of sweating my a$s off under that helmet in the middle of the summer ... i know a lot of people who have died on them also ... its really not a matter of 'if' but its 'when' ...

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01-25-2007 11:04 PM  10 years agoPost 5
sharam

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Stay away from bikes - can't take your date out on a rainy or cold night. Also, too dangerous. Cool factor is high but so is the risk.

Stay away from big SUVs - they are gas hogs.

My recommendation, get yourself a Subaru WRX wagon second hand. Great car, great gas mileage, great acceleration, and great for off road stuff. Low maintenance costs too. Very safe in a crash - built like a tank.

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01-25-2007 11:06 PM  10 years agoPost 6
kookboy

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Buy a 4-cylinder pickup truck with an extended cab or something like a Nissan Frontier.

That way you can have the best of both worlds. Carry 4-5 people, stuff in the back, decent gas mileage and room for a couple of dirt bikes.

Something to consider.

Pickup's are the most useful vehicles you'll ever own. Even the new king/crew cab one's with a shortbox.

... But honey it was only $$$

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01-25-2007 11:18 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Tommy Z

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Wow! Mucho commments in 2 minutes

That was fast...I know I'll have to pay for college....But my brother didn't have any money to start out with...He's attending Notre Dame. My family is not rich either, I think he just got a loan.

Tommy

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01-25-2007 11:26 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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The statistical probability that you (young people your age, 17-20) will get into a wreck, total their bike and kill or maim themselves in the first 12 months of motorcycle ownership is close to 90%, to me that aint got good odds, I know myself, and I aint that age and thats why I sold my bike....

In addition, insurance companies know this, most will not insure you, the rest you wont be able to afford....

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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01-25-2007 11:31 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Tommy Z

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insurance companies know this, most will not insure you, the rest you wont be able to afford
That's deppressing

Tommy

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01-25-2007 11:50 PM  10 years agoPost 10
brooksnb

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The statistical probability that you (young people your age, 17-20) will get into a wreck, total their bike and kill or maim themselves in the first 12 months of motorcycle ownership is close to 90%
This can't be true or 60% of my friends would be dead...LOL

I think you need to recheck your stats

Bikes and bikers get a bad rap...I got my first bike at 14 and have driven tens of thousands of miles...never broke a bone. I may be in that 10% .

Here the insurance companies rate you by the bike size and sport bikes are very high premiums.

I suggest that if you want to buy a bike call the insurance company and find out what bikes carry the premium that best suits your wallet...that will determine what or if you buy a bike or not.
Bikes to me are only fair weather transportation so I have always had a car or truck to drive when it's cold and /or wet.

You sound like a kid that has his head screwed on right...so you probally would make a good biker that survives...keep in mind 16-24 yr olds die daily in cars too.

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01-25-2007 11:52 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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i 2nd the subaru vote, but if you want the best car ever get a bmw! you can get 740ils(e38 body styling) for about between 6,000-15,000.

you can fit a 50 or two in the trunk and a gasser sized heli in the front(my maxi joker fits perfectly).

ian brooke
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01-26-2007 12:13 AM  10 years agoPost 12
ShuttleJock

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http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/

Available in The US in 2008!!! Great Gas Mileage safer than a motorcycle and room for a Date. You may not get lucky since it doesn't have a backseat.

Or just be thrifty get a beater and save the money for a downpayment on a house.

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01-26-2007 03:04 AM  10 years agoPost 13
359PETE

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What you'll want to have.

What you'll probably end up with.

In all seriousness. I'd suggest the same type of vehicle as kookboy. A nice 4 cylinder 4-wheel drive truck. I'd suggest a toyota. Vehicles don't rust too bad down there (compared to salted-road new england). I'd personally look for a clean solid axle carburated toyota if I was a young guy in your position. (pre 1986 were the solid axle 'yotas. They ride shltty... but they're great for building into an off-road truck) EDIT: Another super cheap 4x4 thats great on gas is a 5 speed jeep cherokee. The 5 speeds get 21-24mpg. My dad has owned two and gotten no worse than 20mpg. I own an automatic cherokee and I only get 16mpg. Make sure you stick to 1990 or newer. That way you'll have the high output 4.0 and you won't have the peugot transmission that blows up.

But that's just my 2 cents... I'm sure when the time comes you'll end up with whatever the hottest girls in your school think is cool! :) Just a little pointer... those chicks are pain in the ass and high maintenance. The cool/fun chicks will actually dig a dirty pick-up truck. Consider it a litmus test to weed out all of the pain in the ass who-ahs.

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01-26-2007 03:19 AM  10 years agoPost 14
KevinR

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I third the WRX wagon suggestion. It will have enough room for whatever you want and actually be fun to drive.
I've managed to make it through my entire life so far without ever owning a truck or SUV and intend to keep it that way. Actually, I've never even owned a wagon and still haven't had any problems snowboarding/mtn biking/etc.

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01-26-2007 03:20 AM  10 years agoPost 15
359PETE

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I also would agree with the many comments on motorcycles. I grew up on dirtbikes. Believe me when I say that once you're on a street bike there is something about young males that causes a direct short-circuit between testosterone and the right wrist causing it to be twisted far more than it should. I know, I had the broken distal condile of the femur, road rash, broken metecarple, and totaled street bike to prove it. Its not worth the risk. If you must have a bike, wait till you're closer to maybe 25 (at least), you become slightly more rational by that age.

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01-26-2007 03:24 AM  10 years agoPost 16
VKGT

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Small Truck.

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01-26-2007 04:09 AM  10 years agoPost 17
chopperman1

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Buy from a person not a dealer, you end up paying a whole lot more in fees and at the DMV. I recoomend you get manual, so much funner then automatic. And make sure you ask for a carfax history report, or do one for your self, it will save you lots of hassle in the long run.

Cliff

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01-26-2007 04:24 AM  10 years agoPost 18
EvoFlight50

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Believe me when I say that once you're on a street bike there is something about young males that causes a direct short-circuit between testosterone and the right wrist causing it to be twisted far more than it should.
aint that the truth ... when i think back theres plenty of times i was lucky to make it home ... i still would love to know what i looked like to the other cars on the highway as i was flying by at about 170mph ...

now the bike is parked in the garage waiting for someone to buy it ...

if you want a bike ill give you a great deal

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01-26-2007 04:28 AM  10 years agoPost 19
eyeflyhelis

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honda element so you can get your bike and heli in the back!

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-26-2007 04:28 AM  10 years agoPost 20
eyeflyhelis

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w/ vtec motor and AWD u can go where ever you want and like a bat out of hell

only you have the power to make no difference!

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