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    Are you Rural, Suburban or live in a city? How long is your daily commute? Is that what you'd be using it for? Not to pry, but, is this a tool for finding a mate? Do you see your use as a solo driver or will you be taking a crowd with you? A dog? A surfboard? Are you male or female? How much do you like cars? Does style matter? Are you handy with mechanical stuff? Are you in the MidWest or Texas with long straight roads or New England with twisty little lanes? How experienced a driver are you.
    For most people, a first car is going to get nicked and dinged, maybe even demolished, so a used car with not much power and lots of safety features is a good starting point. Like a 10 year old Volvo wagon, a bank vault on wheels.
    If your daily commute is less than 50 miles round trip, go for a plug-in electric (don't bother with hybrid). If you are planning crosscountry explorations, electric is not there yet (For that kind of travel, I like small wagons that are good on gas and can function as a portable campsite).
    It really depends on your specific needs, wants and tastes.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 01:35:56 PM PDT

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