Last car post I swear! Need some more advice.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Heck, if you lived near me, I’d sell you my 07 Hyundai for 2 grand. 

Honestly, you should keep the Passat for now. Save up some more money, try to raise the credit score, and trust me, you can use the midgrade rather than premium if you need to. Just don’t engage the turbo and you should be just fine.

Post # 6
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Go down and drive the car, see if you even like it, then have them run your score and see what the payments would be. Talk to an independent mechanic and look up any known issues on the car you are looking at. Also, throw some sea foam (one can every six months) in the passat, that will help on gas mileage. Also check with your insurance company to see what the cost would be then, also yearly licensing fees. Once you add all that up, my bet, is that you will see very little difference in yearly costs or a big difference, there is where you answer lies. 

Post # 8
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Is it a VW Passat or a PT Cruiser??? 

I would drive it and see how often you will be filling up with gas… Honestly, I drive my BMW SUV that needs premium fairly often, and it only needs max $300 a month. I would guess that either a Passat or PT Cruiser would be pretty good on fuel?? I think you may be overestimating the costs for fuel a bit. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Ahh!! The Passat I used to have was amazing on fuel! VW is awesome for that!! You must drive a LOT! That is pretty expensive… but I bet you sure look cute driving it! 🙂 haha! 

ETA: That could have also been when gas prices were much lower, now that I think about it! 🙁

Post # 12
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@figgnewton:  I bought a car for my stepson from my dad and once we put that stuff in it my gas mileage went noticeably up. Check with your mechanic first, but I also put it in with oil too. Honestly, I think that $8000 is really high for an 05, but you would have do some checking what is normal for your area. If you like the 05,pick apart that car to death, they will come down under 5k Imo if you do it right. (not gonna lie, I have cried to get car prices lower when I have had too.) 

Post # 14
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@figgnewton:  I negotiate everything. Everyone says I have a gift forgetting ridiculous deals. Never show to much interest and always be willing to walk away. I saved my mom 6k on her car when I went with her to buy it. We walked away cause they didn’t give me the price I wanted, 5 hours later they called and agreed to our terms. And I even three in all the extras that I wanted. Your the one in control, you don’t NEED their car, but they do NEED to sell it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hear you on the gas consumption of the Passat. We had one as a rental car once and we were more than happy to return it back after we were done. The MPG wasn’t great for what it is. That being said, I would stick with the Passat because a 2005 Hyundai is kind of old, IMO, and the mileage is starting to creep up there. Something to consider would be how much upkeep will it take and will you have to replace anything major. If you do, the costs of fixing and replacing (and don’t forget, your time is money too!) could be higher than the increase in gas consumption per month. Reliability is very important and since this is the car for you and your LOs, you don’t want to constantly be in the shop for this thing and that thing.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@figgnewton:  I have two VWs and they both say they take premium but we always use regular and that has never been a problem (nor has there been any issue with our warrenty).

ETA: We also get about 450 miles per tank on each fill up on our Passat (and ours isn’t considered a sports car so I’m not sure why you’re being told that).

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