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    Question Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    The other thread on Fords got me thinking.

    For those that prefer a particular car brand, do you think it is more because of true experiences with that brand (over all others) or do you think it is just personal bias (i.e...my dad always bought Chevy's)?

    I believe it depends on the individual ( i.e...some people, by their nature, are more practical with their decision making while others are more sentimental). For me it is a combo deal.

    Our family cars growing up were always Fords and I like that it is an American car company. The practical side of me can shoot holes into both, but I still can't help but have a soft spot for Fords (although I haven't always owned one).


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Aesthetics/emotions have been the #1 factor for the last 7 or so cars my family has had.


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    For me it comes down to research. I've had an obsession with cars since I was a young kid. Even when I get a new car within a few months I'm already thinking what car will be next.

    I really don't eliminate any brand from contention unless I know they have quality issues or poor resale value. I usually have a certain segment in mind as well as a budget and then I try to decide if I want go used or new. Usually used makes the most sense for me. Since I get all the major magazines I pretty much know what's out now and what's coming out in the near future.

    Once it's time to buy I'll go and drive 4 or 5 models to see what they are like. Since I've owned so many different brands I'm rarely surprised. Brands usually have a hard time changing whether it be good or bad.

    I'm sure I'm a rare buyer. In a 7 year span I went from a Lexus ES300 to a Nissan 350z to a Honda Element to a VW GTI and now to a Mazda. I'm actually considering going the two car route next time. A nice sports car in the garage and a cheap cheap daily driver.



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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    The other thread on Fords got me thinking.

    For those that prefer a particular car brand, do you think it is more because of true experiences with that brand (over all others) or do you think it is just personal bias (i.e...my dad always bought Chevy's)?

    I believe it depends on the individual ( i.e...some people, by their nature, are more practical with their decision making while others are more sentimental). For me it is a combo deal.

    Our family cars growing up were always Fords and I like that it is an American car company. The practical side of me can shoot holes into both, but I still can't help but have a soft spot for Fords (although I haven't always owned one).
    I have no brand loyalty when it comes to buying a car. Buying a car is most likely going to be a persons 2nd most expensive purchase in their life. I have never understood why people blindly make a purchase based on what their Dad drove 20-40 years ago. Every manufacturer makes a turd and every manufacturer makes something of quality.
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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    I'm not really a car guy. My family had a Toyota from the time I was 12 until I was 20, when I smoked a deer with it. It had 360,000 miles on it at that point, and nothing had gone wrong beyond regular wear and tear (brakes, tires, etc).

    I'll be buying a Toyota as soon as I can. At least something Japanese.


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    There is absolutely no emotion in it for me. I have emotion in regard to brands but that gets pushed way down deep.

    For example, I really, really dislike what happened with the bailouts and I had planned to never buy a GM or Chrysler product until the day I died. However, I was looking at used cars last spring and I found a great deal on a 2005 Malibu with less than 45k miles. Unless it turns into a total pile (and it's not an overly nice car) I could drive that thing for years.

    I emotionally compromised to get what I thought was the best deal. I feel okay about it because it was used and I bought it from a Ford dealership.

    If I had my way, I'd probably buy Toyota's because the car I traded in was a 1996 Camry with 277k miles on it.




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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    A bit emotional, but mainly practical. Start with budget and needs, then Comsumer Reports best values and compare that with Edmunds online reviews. If it comes down to a couple similar options in price, reviews, etc. then I typically go with either the Honda or Toyota if they are one of the options based on their track record of long-lasting life.



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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    I'm not as wealthy as most on this board so its all about the finances for me, payments, insurance, amount of maintenance repairs, etc. So, in a long winded way I'm saying practical.


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Emotion probably wouldn't get me to buy a car, but would prevent me from buying a car. In other words a company that screwed me in the past may not get my business just because now they suddenly got it right.



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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    My preferred brand(s) is those who sell cars with diesel engines. That tends to cut down the field.


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    My preferred brand(s) is those who sell cars with diesel engines. That tends to cut down the field.
    Here you go.

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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    My husband usually approaches me about buying cars when he has nearly everything picked out and excuses/reasons for every question/objection I may have. He does a ton of research on all aspects, but sometimes lets his emotions get in the way. I usually get the Yes or No vote, but often I will say yes just to get him to leave me alone about it.

    That being said, we bought a Toyota a few years back and had it for 5 years. The only 'problem' we ever had was needing new tires once and the regular oil changes. We were worried with the recent problems Toyota has been having, so we decided to go to Honda for our new car this year..... and we got a lemon. Luckily they were great about working with us to get us in a (better) replacement. Hopefully we're done buying cars for another 5 years at least.


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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    For me it comes down to research. I've had an obsession with cars since I was a young kid. Even when I get a new car within a few months I'm already thinking what car will be next.

    I really don't eliminate any brand from contention unless I know they have quality issues or poor resale value. I usually have a certain segment in mind as well as a budget and then I try to decide if I want go used or new. Usually used makes the most sense for me. Since I get all the major magazines I pretty much know what's out now and what's coming out in the near future.

    Once it's time to buy I'll go and drive 4 or 5 models to see what they are like. Since I've owned so many different brands I'm rarely surprised. Brands usually have a hard time changing whether it be good or bad.

    I'm sure I'm a rare buyer. In a 7 year span I went from a Lexus ES300 to a Nissan 350z to a Honda Element to a VW GTI and now to a Mazda. I'm actually considering going the two car route next time. A nice sports car in the garage and a cheap cheap daily driver.
    I agree with this. I look for years before I finally decide on what to get. I usually go through several choices over the year before I settle on one. Since I live in Colorado and use my car to ski and go in the mountains I also have to consider mountain driving performance and winter driving capabilities when I buy. Last week I just purchased a 2006 subaru impreza wagon. So far it has been a blast to drive. Taking it up in the mountains tomorrow.



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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Sports/muscle car rivalry since my teens has driven and will drive my car buying choices, as well as my mechanical repair experience. I will never buy a Ford....ever. Economics and bailouts be damned. I will only buy GM vehicles as I know how to work on them.

    Foreign vehicles are very reliable, but when they break, they really break, and they're really expensive to fix. I can do just about anything with GM vehicles on my own and do it economically.



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    Re: Preferred car brand of choice. Practical or emotional?

    Mine is both, grew up in a family that bought GM vehicles because grandpa used to work for them but also I still think GM makes very practical and a lot sturdier built cars than a competitor like Toyota. Price isn't everything sometimes, safety is a big thing too and the way Toyota has had so many recalls makes me feel even more proud to own Chevy cars.


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