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what do you think is the optimal make/model/year to buy if your goal is to spend as little money on car expenses as possible?

I don't have anyone to impress, don't have any large objects to tote around, don't need to go fast, and I don't need any extras. I just like to get from Point A to Point B.

Last time I bought a car was 2 years ago and I bought a 10-year-old Honda Civic. That has worked out well and I will probably keep driving it until the cost of repairs is more than the cost of selling it. I guess I'll find out soon when I get it inspected if I can keep it for another year!
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I was going to suggest a Honda.

I bought a 2004 Honda CVR (think mini-SUV). It gets great gas mileage and has a good bit of room. It's coming up on 90,000 miles and chugging along like new.
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I would suggest going to your local library and asking to see the car buying issue of Consumer Reports (which is always April). In addition to reviews of new cars, they have a section on used cars. You can choose your price range and they have a table showing the year and model of the best used cars.

In my experience, Japanese cars run for a long time and are not too expensive to repair. Many other foreign cars can run a long time but the parts are expensive. American cars seem better than they used to be, but I don't think they are as reliable as Japanese cars.
In my area, used Hondas go pretty high, so my suggestion is a Toyota Camry or corrola. My good old 93 Camry drives like a new one. I'm serious! We don't use it much these days b/c the AC isn't the greatest and the SUV has more room for baby junk, but I'm planning to keep that thing until it dies.
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Hands down, I would tell you Honda or Toyota.
Depends really if you are going to be leasing or purchasing/financing, how long you plan on driving it for and what your particular needs are.

The re-sale value on a Corolla is better than on a Civic (meaning that the Corolla can sell for more money after X amount of time, basically.)
Dollar for dollar, the Corolla is a better deal, it basically comes down to what look you want.

Both are great on gas (I'm comparing Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla), both are very safe, both have a smooth ride.
When it comes to comparing them both, it just depends which one you feel more "at home" in. The Civic is obviously a little bit sportier and you can get it in a 2DR or 4DR. The Corolla comes only in a 4DR, however you can get the Sport model which has a body kit and everything on it.

If you are going used, you can look for a Toyota Echo as well, which are even BETTER on gas than a Corolla, or new you could also try out the Toyota Yaris which comes 4DR or hatchback.

If you have any particular questions about either, feel free to ask if you want some info before walking into a dealer!

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I would suggest going to your local library and asking to see the car buying issue of Consumer Reports (which is always April). In addition to reviews of new cars, they have a section on used cars. You can choose your price range and they have a table showing the year and model of the best used cars.

In my experience, Japanese cars run for a long time and are not too expensive to repair. Many other foreign cars can run a long time but the parts are expensive. American cars seem better than they used to be, but I don't think they are as reliable as Japanese cars.
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I agree. My dad is a big believer in used Camries. Civics and Corollas are also good.

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