I really wanted a 240z, I called a guy selling one for 2,000 he was supposed to call back but that was a few weeks ago and I'm assuming he already sold it...
Anyways my parents wern't sure about getting such an old car, my dad thinks it'll have too much stuff wrong with it.
It will also be very impractical for me, because it only has two seats, and I will have to give my brother and sister rides alot. So now I have to look at other options.
My idea is to get a car from a dealer, not brand new, but pay small payments monthly. I finally got a job (yay!) and will have a steady income of 500-600 a month. My parents want me to pay for my own insurance and gas, and also the car if I get one. Right now my parents pay 200 a month on insurance and I'm not sure how much on gas.
Anyways, in those magazines I pick up at the store, I have seen plenty of cars I like for $99-$150 a month, with zero down. This would be affordable for me, if I pay 200 insurance, 100 for the car, however much on gas and I still have 200-300 a month left on whatever else I need.
The cars I have seen were a 2000 Civic Si, which is the only civic I would want to get. I have never really wanted one because there are so many of them out there, but I recently drove my friend's 2000 Civic Si, and I must say I liked it. The engine sounded nice, the seat was comfortable, and I had enough leg room. This is probably the best option for me right now, but I will consider others. The thing that sucks is that it takes premium gas, but it gets an amazing 35 mpg city, or so carsdirect.com says, and so then gas wouldn't be too much of a problem. Premium is now the price of what I paid for regular just a few weeks ago.
Another option is a 2001 prelude, also for $99 per month. 200 horses, 40 more than the civic, but weighs more, but also eats premium gas, and gets only 22 mpg city, and so gas would probably kill me.
I also really want a mustang, a 99 and up GT, and can probably find one for under $200 a month, but with a V8, the 17 mpg would kill me, but man...RWD, 260 horses, awesome looks....I want....
It might turn out to be the same on gas a the prelude, because it doesn't take premium.
Right now the most workable option seems to be the Civic...but I don't know...I love preludes, and I really want that mustang...but then the civic will probably be the cheapest on insurance also, even though it will be under my parents' policy but still. I heard mustangs were terrible on insurance, especially for teens.
I'd appreciate any input, and if you have any other ideas about what car to get, please tell me. What I want is something I can get for $200 per month MAX, the lower the better, I want something a bit sporty, decent acceleration and handling, and good looks. Also something I can add mods to as I go along, and work on in my auto class next fall.