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buying a car?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by giddygirl, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. giddygirl

    giddygirl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2002
    I'm starting med school in the fall and am in need of a new car. With my financial aid package I know the school is budgeting around ~13,000 a year for living expenses. I've been offered a place to stay by some family friends and they're just going to charge me $100 a month to cover utilities. Any way..on to my question. I'm looking at some brand new cars that would have payments from 250-300 a month. I'm thinking it would be smart to go brand new for the warranty and that it should last me through med school and residency. I know the schools don't budget for car payments but I'll have the extra money from not paying rent. Does it sound like a good idea? Should I just go for the new car?
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  3. JJ34

    JJ34 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2002
    Long Beach, CA
    hi there,

    i was in the exact same boat, we bought a hyundai, 10 year warranty, inexpensive (but still a brand new car), and payments at $170 a month. for $250 a month, you could get a honda if you want a notch up (but only a 3 year warranty). don't buy used, you'll be sorry! best of luck!

  4. Mr. H

    Mr. H 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2001
    Get a Hyundai Tiburon, its a nice coupe, looks really smooth and SUPER reliable!
  5. Kluver Bucy

    Kluver Bucy Gold Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2001
    I dunno. New car prices drop quite a bit the minute they're purchased. IMHO, if you get a used car made by a company with exceptional quality control (Honda, Toyota, etc.), you shouldn't have any problems. I would recommend the Chevy or Geo Prism. It is essentially a Toyota Corolla with a Chevy (or Geo, on the older models) label slapped on it, but when you open up the hood it says "Toyota" all over the engine. People don't know this (in fact they usually confuse the Prism with the Metro, which I wouldn't recommend).

    If you buy new, check out the cars reliability record in Consumer Reports, and be sure to get a good long warranty. Med school and residency will spread you thin enough without having to worry about car problems.
  6. Badgerbabe

    Badgerbabe Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2000
    Madison, WI
    Just my $.02:

    I just bought a 1997 Toyota Camry, which I got from a dealer, did a carfax report on, and had checked out by my mechanic. Aside from the fact that it's 5 years old, it's in fantastic tires/breakes, etc, and it's been taken care of incredibly well because it just came off a lease. For those of us who don't want to shell out the cash for a new car at this point, there ARE viable alternatives. I do admit that a warranty would have been a helpful thing, and if you can afford the new car that's great - I'm just saying don't knock all used cars right off the bat, if you do some research you may find a good deal.
  7. Annette

    Annette gainfully employed Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 1999
    The Land of Lincoln
    What about a certified used car? They come with a warranty, and you avoid that large value drop as you leave the parking lot.
  8. Dr. MAXY

    Dr. MAXY Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Buying a new car will be the best deal, But you have to weigh certian options. What if during your second year or so, your family friends decide you have to move or something happens and then you have to move to your own place. Will you be able to keep up the payments on a brand new vehicle. I suggest you look at a late model (less than 5 years) or maybe a new hyundai or geo Prizm (same as Toyota Corrolla) with lower payments.
    Becos once you start Med school, you wouldn't want any distractions like financial problems.
    Just my $0.02

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