Ok people, let’s start talking about something that matters. The biggest misconception for the average buyer (even those who think they are well informed) is that the newest vehicle, with the least amount of miles for a specific price range is the most important thing when it comes to getting the best car for their money. That’s the stupidest, biggest bull %&!@ thing I have ever heard and to all those out there who don’t care about the time they wasted at their careers to earn their hard earned income only to be spent on garbage, ignore this post all together and send me hate mail. (seems rhetorical, I think most people care about the time and effort they spent to make money).
To those who actually care, please read on and simply hear me out. Or to make things easier go and read my “You paid 50000$ for your Ford?!?! Should have bought that Porsche” post. Sure I use “50000$” and “Porsche” which may scare people, but that’s far from the point I am trying to make. The point is that cars are the biggest depreciating assets out there and people should be taking advantage of this by getting themselves the best of the best for whatever they have to spend, and for most buyers 10000$ is very reasonable, easy to finance, and also a great dollar figure to work with period.
This is one of my favorite categories and is also something that everyone can appreciate. Of course my background and passion has to do with performance variants (Thanks Tiff, Jeremy, Chris for ruining me) but I will make sure all my recommendations actually make sense for the masses.
All of these choices will be amazing all around SUV’s suitable for year round driving (even in harsh Canadian winters), solid reliability, great resale values and most importantly make you feel special going to and from work every single day. When someone tells me they have a price range in the 30000’s for an all around SUV, they are in for a treat.
I am using 35000$ for my price range for the simple fact that most new SUV’s (entry level of course…..CRV, RAV4, Escape, Tuscon, CX-5, etc etc) fall within this price range once you add a few options to the base model. Many people will look at these vehicles and immediately think that they are way too harsh on gas consumption, they are over the top in looks/luxury, they are way beyond my means, I can never afford that, maintenance will be too expensive, and so on. Then again nobody thinks about how pathetic their vehicles will depreciate once they drive it off the lot, they don;t have the ability to calculate that the depreciation curve destroys any saving you may get on fuel economy and maintenance (which by the way most of these vehicles I suggest will be CPO and many well below 35000$).
In this series of blogs, we will talk about sports cars, which is my true passion!! There is nothing like redlining a sports car, and pushing it to it’s limits, either in a straight line or carving the corners. Whether it be that high-revving 4 banger or that thunderous V-8 american muscle, here is a list of cars that you may have have never considered in the sports car market. Since these are “toys”, things like warranties are not going to be considered. Most of these cars are usually just weekend warriors, although consideration for good daily driver and year round usability (ie. Canadian winters!!) will be taken into account. In this specific post, we will look a what I consider are the best sports cars you can buy for under 10000$.
You may not think 20000$ can get you much when in comes to a true sports car, but that is the furthest from the truth. These cars I believe are just as good or better than some of today’s brand new sports cars, since many of them were the top dogs in their respective categories during their prime years. When it comes to spirited driving, these machines are hard to beat at this price. If you want to see some of my sports car choices for under 20000$ you know what to do:
I need a toy to drive!!
Okay people, now the cars are getting really serious. If you have 30000$ for a sports car, you should be very excited for these next 5 cars. These are serious machines that are ready to put a huge smile on your faces every time you drive them. This is definitely my favourite category since 30000 can get you into a car that offers more performance, style, daily driving usability, reliability and overall driving excitement than just about any other new or used car period. This is the price range where people commonly waste their 30 g’s on a soltice, sky, G6 GXP, v6 mustang/camaro/challenger/g8/FR-s/BRZ (even the new mustang will be a dime a dozen) and the list go’s on. If you want a real car that will turn heads and won’t be the equivalent of throwing your hard earned cash down the toilet, take a look at these cars. Again these cars are the best sports cars and not track junkie cars so they have to be all around respectable performers. Let’s get down to business.