I've been thinking about a realistic budget for a first car, and I suck at it. I kind of always cook up crazy expensive ideas, or sometimes the impossible. Never something sane and normal, so, what do you all think would be a realistic budget to buy a first car with?
My first car budget was $6500. This was more than enough to pay back while at school, only working on weekends (say $150 p/w). Take into account all of the other things that you need money for (food, petrol, good times [alcohol]), you dont have much left. So dont get too far ahead of yourself. It would be great to have a sweet car, but its not worth busting your ass all day everyday just to keep it.
Just some advice from a person that has just been there and done that!!
Judging from the fact that you work fulltime and that you still have a year or more before you turn 18, id recomend getting a fixer upper.
Seeing as you know a fair bit already bout cars im sure youd be able to play around with it abit.
If i was you, id be looking at a half-decent condition X-series for 500-2000. Clean it up a bit and start hoarding parts for that killer 302 you mention :)
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My first ever car only cost me $1000, a super reliable 1981 Toyota Corolla! Fuel was cheap as - I don't recommend getting a Falcon as unless you have a good job, you dont want to spend your whole pay to move the car out of the driveway. While it's exciting to get a car and all, you still need money to be able to do things with the car and the people you take out.
Not to mention reliability, but I won't go there. Any car could be unreliable, but some cars are better than others. Ongoing costs will also be cheaper on a smaller car, like tyres, brakes, pretty much anything. If you are a one eyed Falcon fan and only want a V8, then expect to pay for it. Literally. When I got my first car, it was a real privelege to just have a car!
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