Dear Readers,

I need your help. My car, with 133,000 miles on it, grumbles when it starts and doesn’t particularly like traveling at high speed any more. It may just need a tune-up, but nevertheless, the old girl is due for replacement. She’s 13 now and I want some newer amenities.

So, when should I buy a car? I’m considering Mazdas, Hondas, Volkswagens, and a couple other options. I’ve previously bought a car in December (the previous year’s model). My husband bought the next year’s model in May (no major redesign that year).

So, when should I get serious about buying? I’m thinking September, but I want to hear your thoughts!

I’m also open to make/model ideas. I want four things:

fuel efficiency
under $25,000
reliability over ten years.


One Response to “Ask the Readers: When Should I Buy a Car?”

  1. Steffie on May 21st, 2010 11:08 am

    Well, don’t buy a first of line type. Like a first generation Focus, for example. My husband’s first Focus had so many problems they eventually let him trade it back for one three years later. Let them fix the bugs first! Otherwise, I got nothin’ sorry.

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