Most automakers are making pretty reliable and durable cars these days.
1) Regarding fuel economy, the EPA numbers for 2008 and later model years
should more closely reflect real-world numbers so you can compare. I do not
know if this is still the case, but in the past, Hyundais have had poorer
fuel economy than a comparable Toyota, Honda, or Nissan and tend to be a
little noisier. A friend traded in a Honda minivan for a Hyundai minivan,
and while the Hyundai has good performance and comfort, it is noisier on the
highway and gets noticeably poorer fuel economy.
I recommend that you test drive each candidate to see if they are
comfortable for you, if you like how they drive, road noise, convenience,
Also price all of the vehicles with the equipment that you want. Hyundais
tend to have more content than comparable Japanese vehicles.
2) Edmunds.com seems to have pretty good car reviews.
3) I would purchase the vehicle from the dealer that sells the vehicle new
because dealers that do not have that particular brand's franchise do not
have access to the factory training and equipment that the new car dealer
4) You will probably get a better deal on a 2008 than a 2009, and if you are
going to keep the vehicle for 12 years, depreciation won't make that much of
5) Factory and dealer demos (vehicles that have never been titled) are
generally available only through franchised dealers. A "used" vehicle is
one that has been licensed and titled, and are available pretty much
anywhere, although the vehicles in the best condition are most likely to be
at the franchised dealer.
The best time to buy a vehicle is generally at the end of the model year,
especially if there is a major model change like a new body style. Since
new models are introduced throughout the year, the end of the model year
will vary depending on when the vehicle was released. The 2009 Corolla is
new, so you will probably get a better deal on a 2008.
Besides the time of year, there is a best time of the month, generally the
1st or second working day of the month, when automakers have their month-end
close. If there are factory incentives on the vehicle, they will tend to be
better at the end of the incentive period because incentives are generally
stepped up towards the end of the period.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.