So, those of you who have been around a bit know that I’ve had some major issues with my car. If you don’t know, you can search and read all my woe-is-me posts if you want (not a recommendation). Long story short-ish, I have an 02 Altima that has been nickel-and-diming me for years. I’ve spent more money “fixing” it than I paid for it and way more than it’s worth. At this point, the roof’s rusting, the whole power situation never was really fixed, and it’s just time to let the thing die or push it off a cliff or something. I’ll never buy another Altima (or maybe any Nissan ever) after this hot mess.
My awesome sister and mom have offered to help me buy another car to get me through to graduation (in a year) and employment (hopefully not long after that if not sometime before). Between them and what I’ve saved I’ve got somewhere around 5-8K to work with. It’s not a ton and pickin’s is slim, but anything I get at this point will be better than what I have. It doesn’t have to be sparkly new-looking and full of fun extras, but it’d be nice if it wasn’t a total rust bucket (interviews and first impressions and all that) and it has to be reliable. I’m sick of being scared to drive my car and having to tell friends, family, and Abby that we can’t do stuff or go anywhere because I’m trying to hobble the POS along for as long as possible.
I’ve been scouring craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, autotrader, carguru, whatever I can find online. I’ve tried to research all the ones I find on places like edmunds to see if the make, model, and year got good ratings and reviews from people who have actually owned them. I’ve put together a list. What I’m hoping for from you amazing lot is someone who knows cars—what’s good, what’s bad, what they’re worth, common problems, etc.—who would be willing to help me narrow down what I should be looking for and tell me if I’m even going in the right direction. I have a local person who may be able to help when the time comes to check them out in person and test drive, but he’s a busy guy and I’d rather not take him a list of 25 cars spread out over 100 miles around my area. LoL.
Okay, that’s my spiel and plea for help. Any takers?