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View Poll Results: What is most important to you in buying a car in USA?
Safety 3 42.86%
Fuel economy 0 0%
Comfort features 2 28.57%
Resale value 1 14.29%
Price 0 0%
Why buy when you can ride with a friend? 1 14.29%
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Old March 26th, 2001, 06:36 AM
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It is not a question about Japanese or American cars but what is the most important consideration. Of course affordabilty is a major concern otherwise everyone would be driving a Ferrari (and they will begin making them on assembly lines!!).
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Kate,

You left out the one of the most important features ..
reliability.
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i dont belive too much on the saying that japanese cars are more reliable than american cars. my personal experince is great with american cars too. I have 1987 Ford Escort in bombay and nothing is wrong with it. I drive out here a Ford Mustang Cobra GT and my wife a Dodge Intrepid. Nothing is wrong with either cars till now. In fact ford is now giving a 5 yr - 75000 mile warranty, which not even toyota is giving.


I think its all because , most of our desi attitude is resale value. The max you will get more is 1000 bucks more over 10 yrs but then whats the use of driving in a cramped up, powerless dingy for 10 years.


I personally wouldnt go for a Honda Accord or Toyota Carrola or Camry.
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Thumbs up Agree with you Padhu!!

I prefer american cars to japanese cars.

Be American, buy American!!!
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Old March 26th, 2001, 08:10 AM
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Hey, I never said one was more reliable than the other. All I said was in buying a car I would look up the problem history of the model in question i.e reliability. Where did this Japani, Amreeki come into the picture ??
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Exclamation Look at reliability and safety

I would look up some facts about different cars from edmunds.com or the Kelly blue book for judging the track record of a particular make and model for its safety and reliability rating.

Though I have a Japanese car (Toyota Camry LE) right now, I think some American cars are great too. I have driven some really nice and fast cars like the Pontiac GrandAm and Sunfire and GrandPrix and Corvette.

I am happy with my current car as it really is reliable and has given no headaches beyond the normal oil change and tire rotation.

Another factor when buying a used car is your commute. I mean, are you going to commute 50 miles or more a day? Are you going to use the car to primarily go to work and back and some driving around your city? Do you plan to use the car for really long drives like from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

Think of all these factors and then spend for a car. As for re-sale value? Ha.. believe me, any reasonably good working car will get you atleast 1000 dollars when you decide to dump it. I think you should not buy a car looking at the resale value but for the joy it will offer you
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but most desi's look only at resale values

even if they end up paying more. Consider the example of the most basic economy(?) car.

Honda Civic Ex - fully loaded 18,000 USD
Mazda Protege ES - fully loaded 15,500 USD

At resale time after 5 years, the honda civic might go for 7,000$ and the Protege ES for 4,500$.

that shock of getting less resale value is not tolerated by a desi.

But, you save 2,500 straight away. consider that savings put in the bank at 5%. So at the end of 5 years, who is the winner?


Over and above that, what about the joy of driving a car that thrills you...begs you to go out for a drive? you get that with the Protege, not the Civic.

Just for information, Car & Driver stated the protege ES as BMV verve at half the price .

Same goes for the Mitsubshi Gallant v/s the Honda Accord.

Better still ,buy a used AudiA4 and believe me, you will enjoy it more than many new cars. even at 80,000 miles, there is not a single rattle nor any breakdowns.
Drives just like when it was brought at 25,000 miles- used.

and like smelly says Reliability is at the heart of all the decisions and none of these cars suffer from any reliability syndromes.
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Arya bhai,

You are right. Just for the resale value one should not go for less thrilled car.

As pointed out by smelly the reliability is major concern. BTW, I have used Playmouth Voyager Van, and just today it's trasmission failed. It will cost me $1150.

echarcha, I commute about 50 miles a day, mostly highway, please suggest me another good alternative. Every 2-3 months I go for long drive.

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Exclamation Compare them after 6 months of use

and the difference could be bigger. I am in no way saying that resale value be the primary reason when buying a car, but a number of first time desi buyers don't know if they will stay in USA or be destined to go home in 6 months. From that stand point the resale value is important. First, the shock of having to leave US and then having to use your savings to pay the difference on loan.

Just my thought, dont have an arguement with yours!!
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Red face If you are new to USA

Especially if you came in late 2000 or early 2001, then you better not buy a new car. Buy a old car which is good enough to get you to work and back home.

When things improve on the economic front, and you are still around, you can splurge on a new car of your liking.
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Kate,

ANY new car loses 20% of it's value the moment you sign the dotted line.

It does not matter which car it is....from the corolla to the Mercedes....everyone.

So, if your future is not certain enough, go for a old / used japanese car -old american cars are not reliable, especially with no warranty.
( Yes. New american cars are turning out more reliable. )
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Reliability is something you get from a well maintained toyota. I recently got a old sweet student camry, i just could not set my mind on anything else cheaper or costlier, many toyotas i saw at various dealers were quite horrible... but this one has not given up once in the past 8 months i've had it. pretty good for a 12 year old car. plus the V6 engine kicks butt on the freeway. i'm still sometimes surprised at the performance for it's age.

ofcourse, when i get a new car i mostly will settle for an intrepid or Chevy. basically, among used cars the Toyotas and Hondas are realible.. and the only good cars are those with powerful engines in there... regardless of whether old or new. Corolla sucks

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Exclamation American cars are more comfortable

More legroom, more headroom, roomier and overall more space for the money.

Jap cars are fuel efficient but I never really pay attention to fiel economy.
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buy a SUV then. cars never seem to have enough space
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