So a few weeks ago my car died on me. I much as it hurts me to admit this buying that car was a colossal mistake. I 100% bought style over substance. I saw the tan leather interior and sunroof and I was hooked. The truth is i should have looked harder. It was a GM car and it already and 123K when I bought it. I bought it at a little used car dealer and he never really fixed all the things he said he was going to fix before i picked up the car. I spent a substantial amount of money each year just to keep it on the road and it still needed a lot of work. So far this year i had spent just under 2k in repairs. A few weeks ago i took it in and the mechanic gave me a list of all the things wrong with it. He told me I was actually looking at a bill around $2500 to fix everything. At that point i was just really fed up with the whole thing and decided it was time for a change.
I knew i wanted my new car to be an import. I was thinking either Honda Accord or Nissan Altima. Probably an 05 of both of those cars. But then I started to look at the Hyundai Sonata i really liked what i saw. I could could get one younger with less mileage for thousands less than the Nissan or Honda. Ultimately what I settled on was a Kia Magentis. Hyundai owns Kia and the Magentis is really just a re-badged version of the Sonata. A few years ago i would never have considered this but I figured i am going to be starting a family soon and all I really need is a low mileage low maintenance care. Since the warranty is full up to 100k or 5 years I am safe for at least another few years. All i really do is drive back and forth to the GO train and I don't need to have the fanciest car in the GO train parking lot.
One thing i want to mention is that a lot of the smaller used car dealerships do not let you take a test drive anymore. I went to a few places that required me to essentially buy the car before I was allowed to take a test drive. They also wanted a $500 deposit before you can drive it. I had no interest in buying a car I haven't driven so I said no. We ended up buying from an authorized Hyundai dealership. I might have paid a little more but the piece of mind i got was worth it. Also, unlike my previous car I am sure that this car was fixed to spec before I ultimately drove it off the lot.
We ended up placing an add on auto trader and sold my old car for $1300 as is. I consider since it has multiple previous owners, is 10 years old, has 200k in mileage, a major accident, and is still in need of major repairs, the money i got for it was more than reasonable. The dealer had only offered me about $400 on a trade in so i was happy with what i got. I hope the new owner treats it well. Although the car caused me a lot of aggravation it was still my first car and I think i will always remember it fondly.