March 14, 2010


I Have The Best Readers!

Saturday's Wheels column was about buying a new car. Or a used one. Haven't decided yet.

But when my current lease is up, it'll be time to venture into the most unpleasant buying experience I ever go through.

So, I asked readers for their advice. I want to know what they've happy with, and where I should start looking. I've been inundated with mail this weekend - and truly, I have the best readers. Careful, considered responses. People have sent me specs, detailed maintenance histories, and taken me through all the buying decisions they've made and how they've fared. And they've given me their recommendations.

At this point, overwhelming support for Subaru and Hyundai. It's really interesting to see - I've heard from all ages and family configurations but these two companies are really doing something right to engender such raves.

I'll be answering each letter - but it's been terrific, and I thank everyone.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ford Escape!

March 15, 2010 7:43 AM  
Blogger DJW said...

May I suggest the Taraus Wagon?

Not overly huge, rides like a car (cuz it is one) and has lots of room.

I've had one broke down in my driveway for 2 months I could let you have cheap.

DJW

March 15, 2010 9:14 AM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Hyundai Tucson. Never had a problem.

March 15, 2010 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ford all the way. Many will probably disagree with me but as I was told by my father, Ford fed and clothed me and put me through school so I have never owned anything else. My Mustang was my pride & joy for 14 years and had to go only because it wouldn't hold the third baby. Now a Windstar certainly isn't as sexy but it has done the job for the last 10 years without complaint and I will keep it going until the day comes that it won't go any more. I'd but another one but they aren't making them anymore. Good luck with your search, I don't envy you that one!

March 15, 2010 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love my Rav 4

Guess who!

March 15, 2010 1:34 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Fords have been very good cars for us. I bought a 2005 Honda Accord sedan and it is excellent.

March 15, 2010 4:03 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Thanks everyone. And Roz. (Rav4)

I've had over 70 letters come in this weekend...lots of great info, and a ton of interesting stories.

March 15, 2010 4:06 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Just to be clear; are you looking for transportation that will likely be family (read teenage-oriented) or a Lorraine-mobile? I could re-read the columns, but I 'm a litle too lazy at the moment.
For the record, in the crossover/SUV class, I am considering a Hyundai Tuscon or Santa Fe -- excellent value for the money and Hyundais are now holding their value. I've been a Nissan fan for many years and presently drive a Rogue -- love the car -- even though its a 4-banger. Why a Hyundai over another Nissan? Value and quality. No stigma, IMHO with a Korean car. Have you seen or test-driven the new Kia Sorento? Very nice but it's really a Hyundai Santa Fe with lipstick and not quite as good financing or incentives. The Subaru Forester and Legacy also excellent -- but the price can creep up, depending upon the model selected.
How will you decide?
And did any one have the nerve to recommend a Government Motors vehicle?

March 15, 2010 5:22 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I've had votes for everything...but overwhelmingly Subaru and Hyundai...which doesn't surprise me in the least. I've been suggesting Hyundai for a while now.

It still has to be family-ish; I will not be driving off into the sunset in a cute little two-seater anytime soon;)

March 15, 2010 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've bought used cars and had good luck but HATE (yes capitals and yelling) dealing with the salesmen. The last one I made the the trek out to Halidmand Motors and have to say it was the most pleasant experience in buying a used car. Lots to pick from, no pressure and no price dickering. You can drive every make, model and take all the time you want. If you know what you want or just want to try out a few different ones without going to dealerships all over the place, they are a great place to start.
Good Luck!

March 16, 2010 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ford, Ford, Ford!
Loved my Mustang, on my second Windstar and very sad they aren't making them anymore. DJ's Taurus is still a very good car despite his posting, it just needs some brakes and some time on his part.

amw

March 16, 2010 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Eveline said...

Hi Lorraine,
After asking YOUR advice a couple of months ago, I'm more than happy to share mine. I went with the Sonata GL, manual transmission, heated seats, etc. and I LOVE it. The buying experience was the usual back & forth game but I was well prepared having used Hyundai Canada's website to calculate dealer sticker price - and negotiated a good deal. It's a dream to drive. Peppy on the highway. Looks nice too. I'm more than happy. All the best, Eveline

March 17, 2010 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, buying a new or used vehicle....really is a 'treat' (NOT!)....
...interesting how most suggest a brand or model....but not the method!
Most vehicles today are so well built that for all intents it does not matter what brand you buy...what does matter is how the owner(s) have or have not maintained that vehicle....and do buy used, let someone else take the first couple of years depreciation.
1) buy from someone you know..personally, that way some of the history of the vehicle will be known
2) if #1 is not possible then look to buy a vehicle from a senior (don't laugh about that Buick....although likely true), reality is the senior has or had the time to get the unit properly serviced (let's face it most working people and those who have kids may not likely have the time to arrange for regular vehicle servicing)....and do ask for the maintenance records!
3) some motor clubs have terrific mechanical testing procedures! the report provided is quite useful in your negotiations!
good luck
sdfourty.

March 20, 2010 1:06 PM  

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