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emarch Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-16-06 01:10 PM
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61. scions
hey, becky. i was faced with basically the same problem as you a year ago and decided to look for a new or newer-used car. i started by researching biodiesel as an option, but because i couldn't pay for a car in cash and no bank would loan me under $7,000, i ended up looking at new cars that i could finance through my credit union. it sucks that i ended up spending more money because i didn't have money on hand my fault. i shopped for my credit union's loan sales and got a better rate than the dealer gave me way better.

i did TONS of research and comparison before choosing the smallest car necessary for my needs with the best safety, efficiency, and reliablilty available. scions are very affordable, safe and my xB (the boxy one) is very roomy but gets better gas mileage than a mini cooper. the little one (xA) people have mentioned above is even better. the last bonus, if you end up buying new, scions are sold for exactly what they say on the sticker, no haggling by dealers allowed ever. that was awesome. you can even build yours online and order it through the website. whatever the price comes up to is what you pay plus delivery and tax. i have had mine about a year and i adore it. if you can't afford a hybrid, at least try to do the least amount of damage possible.

sidenote: if you are able to come up with a chunk of cash or a small loan, if you get a used diesel you can run it on biodiesel or you can even buy a conversion kit and run it almost completely on used vegetable oil which many restaurants will give away free. practically zero emissions and beats the crap out of hybrids for MPG when running on veggie oil. there's lots of info online, just do a search biodiesel in your area.

good luck!
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  -Auntie's Automobile Advice AuntiePinko  Jun-14-06 05:01 PM   #0 
  - Buying used makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons  Warpy   Jun-14-06 05:15 PM   #1 
  - Just don't waste money on "Toyota certified"  LiberalEsto   Jun-14-06 06:06 PM   #5 
     - Word  XemaSab   Jun-15-06 08:24 AM   #15 
  - Pretty good advice.  Vidar   Jun-14-06 05:15 PM   #2 
  - Try a '71 Ford Pinto.  leveymg   Jun-14-06 05:25 PM   #3 
  - Don't forget the mandatory bumper sticker:  Jackpine Radical   Jun-15-06 08:19 AM   #13 
  - Go for the "King Cobra" 122hp V8 Pinto/Mustang II version!  herbster   Jun-15-06 11:30 AM   #38 
  - That mustang saved the name...  lparsons   Jun-18-06 01:17 PM   #69 
  - Just don't get hit from behind.  geardaddy   Jun-15-06 11:35 AM   #39 
  - I drive an ALL-American automobile  Bob K   Jun-15-06 12:27 PM   #40 
  - Honda Civic used  NV Whino   Jun-14-06 05:42 PM   #4 
  - We've had great luck with used Civics.  Jackpine Radical   Jun-15-06 08:51 AM   #21 
  - So you're saying that  SheilaT   Jun-15-06 10:03 PM   #49 
  - Yeah Honda Civic, good call  Ravenseye   Jun-15-06 09:11 AM   #25 
  - Civics are great cars  DiverDave   Jun-16-06 07:25 AM   #56 
  - A Low Mileage Saturn!  Demeter   Jun-14-06 06:38 PM   #6 
  - I just got rid of my '95  SacredCow   Jun-15-06 09:08 AM   #24 
  - I'd suggest a 2 to 4 year old Camry, Accord or Taurus. The Camry  lectrobyte   Jun-15-06 07:25 AM   #7 
  - Look up the oil sludging issue on Google  LiberalEsto   Jun-15-06 08:25 AM   #16 
  - Yeah, but a 2 to 4 year-old Camry isn't built in 1997-2001. I've had some  lectrobyte   Jun-15-06 08:39 AM   #18 
  - I have a '97 Accord  bluescribbler   Jun-15-06 11:24 AM   #37 
  - built in america  sconger   Jun-18-06 07:49 AM   #66 
  - I've gotten three of  SheilaT   Jun-15-06 07:36 AM   #8 
  - I'm not sure if stick shift = better mileage anymore...  SacredCow   Jun-15-06 09:15 AM   #26 
     - Differences in MPG can be small, but sticks will always be more efficient  Tin Man   Jun-15-06 07:34 PM   #46 
     - I hear all of that,  SacredCow   Jun-15-06 10:11 PM   #50 
        - Hmmm, looks like we got a mystery to solve....  Tin Man   Jun-16-06 07:15 AM   #55 
        - Yeah...  SacredCow   Jun-16-06 07:59 AM   #57 
           - Maybe it's time...  Tin Man   Jun-16-06 11:45 AM   #60 
              - I'm not going to stress over it....  SacredCow   Jun-16-06 01:18 PM   #62 
        - trade cars for a while  haydukelives   Jun-16-06 08:50 AM   #59 
           - Logical thought....  SacredCow   Jun-16-06 01:22 PM   #63 
     - I've been told for about the past twenty years or so  SheilaT   Jun-15-06 09:56 PM   #48 
  - Source For Used Cars  VogonGlory   Jun-15-06 07:36 AM   #9 
  - Used cars  LibertyLover   Jun-15-06 07:48 AM   #10 
  - DON'T LEASE  Deep13   Jun-15-06 07:51 AM   #11 
  - buying used  melm00se   Jun-15-06 08:01 AM   #12 
  - Good advice - buy used  pberq   Jun-15-06 08:21 AM   #14 
  - A used Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla - You'll support co's that invest in  demo dutch   Jun-15-06 08:26 AM   #17 
  - Good advice from the 1st poster...  4_TN_TITANS   Jun-15-06 08:41 AM   #19 
  - Actually, I've heard that battery thing is a myth.  LisaLynne   Jun-15-06 08:47 AM   #20 
  - Given the number of hybrids on the road, I hope you find out a lot  lectrobyte   Jun-15-06 09:05 AM   #23 
  - I'm not claiming it's 100% accurate...  4_TN_TITANS   Jun-15-06 09:27 AM   #27 
     - It's significant, but it's basically just a car with a bunch of laptop  lectrobyte   Jun-15-06 10:10 AM   #31 
  - I heart my Scion xA  trogdor   Jun-15-06 11:13 AM   #36 
  - I have a Scion xa and I love it.  proud2Blib   Jun-16-06 01:28 AM   #51 
  - Hyndai Elantra  307 MMS   Jun-15-06 08:57 AM   #22 
  - Toyota Echo  AverageJoe   Jun-15-06 09:46 AM   #28 
  - I will vouch for Echo too - I routinely avg 43 mpg in mostly rural driving  Tin Man   Jun-15-06 12:34 PM   #41 
  - Cars  MrDoggity   Jun-15-06 09:47 AM   #29 
  - Hybrids not always a good choice  carincross   Jun-15-06 09:48 AM   #30 
  - I'm on my third Taurus  jdadd   Jun-15-06 10:18 AM   #32 
  - Read Consumer Reports Cars Issue  JPZenger   Jun-15-06 10:38 AM   #34 
     - I swear by Consumer Reports too  creeksneakers2   Jun-15-06 06:56 PM   #45 
  - Used -- 2-3 Years Old -- 20-30K Miles -- From Dealership  Tace   Jun-15-06 10:34 AM   #33 
  - Cars  joytomme   Jun-15-06 10:47 AM   #35 
  - A word of advice on the whole Buy American point...  ElboRuum   Jun-15-06 12:51 PM   #42 
  - ford owns mazda  sconger   Jun-18-06 07:52 AM   #67 
  - Buy a used Honda- built in Ohio or Canada  Earl from Ohio   Jun-15-06 02:38 PM   #43 
  - When did Honda get organised?  jdadd   Jun-15-06 08:23 PM   #47 
  - some excellent advice posted here ...  Lisa   Jun-15-06 06:45 PM   #44 
  - Get to know your car mechanic.  tomreedtoon   Jun-16-06 03:37 AM   #52 
  - Boy, I guess I'm lucky  hraka   Jun-16-06 06:56 AM   #53 
  - Do you remember the movie 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'  greiner3   Jun-16-06 07:03 AM   #54 
  - Fix the taurus  haydukelives   Jun-16-06 08:46 AM   #58 
  - scions  emarch   Jun-16-06 01:10 PM   #61 
  - I have bought used the last two times I bought a car  alarimer   Jun-16-06 06:52 PM   #64 
  - The two best things I ever bought in my life were an 81 Honda  nealmhughes   Jun-17-06 12:52 AM   #65 
  - Finding American cars...  lparsons   Jun-18-06 01:08 PM   #68 

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