I need a new car. Malique has been dying a slow death, and I knew it was over when she failed the emissions test. Since I have no money, buying a used car from a private seller is pretty much out of the question. I found a few cheap cars at dealers, but most seem unwilling to finance a $3000 car. As much as it pains me, I’ve started looking in the $5 - 6K range, where the rides are a little smoother and the checkbook a little tighter. As long as I can get monthly payments at or below $250, I think I can swing it. I’ll probably be paying for the damn thing for years to come, but at least I’ll get where I’m going.
Right now, I’m looking at mid-sized sedans (Civic, Focus, Camry - that sort of thing) and smaller pickups (S-10, Ranger). I’ve heard good things about Carmax, but they seem to be on the pricey side (though the payment calculator certainly helped give me some perspective). I’ve had better luck on AutoTrader, but they’re search results aren’t as compact as they could be - there’s a lot to sift through to find the good stuff.
My plan is to have this all sorted out by the end of the month. Remind me to pick up a lottery ticket.