Car Shopping....sigh

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1. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Heya guys and gals...

I'm out there looking for a car to out of the new models out there, I'm finding it hard to pick. I have a few questions for you guys...

1. What subcompact/compact car would you recommend out there? (we're talking honda civic type size) Why?

2. For my Canadian friends out there who know about a true winter, how important do you think ABS breaks are in an automatic car? (I live in Montreal and there is lots of snow and ice in the winter....I've heard arguements for both for and against)

3. Anyone out there know of ways to get a great deal?

Of course, I'm not only looking for new models, I'm also looking for used, but I figured I'd just ask about new to narrow it down.

Thanks in advance!

Katie ;)

2. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Katie,

Civics are a good, all around car. I had an 88 in high school and college. Drove that car to hell and back! It broke my heart when I let it go. Was my baby! Cons on civics, their safety issues are left to be desired. A good collision can leave a good size dent.
A good second choice is the suburu. Good- stylish cars, AWD for the snow, and nice pep. It's a bit more pricer, but u get a whole lot more options.

We(bragging;)) don't get much snow in CA. I have been to BC and Toronto during the snowy seasons. God, that was cold! Regards to ABS, it depend on your driving skills. ABS are good thing, but if you hit some black ice.....u are going to slide regardless. Which why I like the Suburu.....better frames for collisions.

Have fun car shopping, should be easy.... since you are leasing. When it doubt, buy a truck or SUV!


3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks M :)

I'm afraid my budget won't hold up to a truck or an SUV (or, for that matter, most sedans,lol), which is why I'm going for the size I am.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

K ;)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would buy a used car, frankly. My last car was a new car, and while it is "cool" to own a new car, to be sure, it isn't that great a deal. I'd rather look at something that is 2-3 years old and not used too badly.

ABS is pretty cool, actually. The hard part is un-learning the natural instinct to pump the brakes and let the car do the work.

You should really look at the Suburus. If it's in your budget, damn fine cars.

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tips Greg. Every car I've ever driven in the winter has had ABS breaks, so there is no natural instict there as of yet ;)


6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

In which case, stick with ABS brakes, or you'll have some horrible moments (or in the worse case scenario, much worse) when you first experience properly bad weather. And yes, taht is from experience...