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Aloha,

dass ich ein absoluter Fan von Thomas Sabo bin, ist euch sicherlich schon aufgefallen ;-) Mich hat da einfach die Sammelleidenschaft gepackt. Pandora gibt es ja auch schon sehr lange und eigentlich habe ich mich nie dafür interessiert, bis in Hannover in der Ernst-August-Galerie ein Pandora-Shop geöffnet hat. Und EIGENTLICH wollte ich auch nur mal kurz reinschauen, um zu sehen, was diesen Reiz ausmacht und wieso so viele Mädels und Frauen diese Armbänder tragen.
Und eine sehr nette Verkäuferin hat mir alles erklärt und gezeigt. Tja und EIGENTLICH wollte ich ja nichts kaufen, aber die hatten gerade DAS Angebot. Ein Pandora Starter-Armband und ein silbernes Element für „nur“ EUR 59,-. Der Originalpreis hätte bei EUR 88,- gelegen. Das ist wirklich ein super Angebot. Und weil mir das Armband und die Katze (gibt einen seperaten Bericht) dazu soooo gut gefallen haben, hab ich mir das spontan gegönnt.
Und als aktives Mitglied, berichte ich euch natürlich gerne darüber. Ob es die EUR 59,- denn auch wert war:

----------- Optik / Wie funktioniert’s -------------

Von Thomas Sabo her kannte ich die Variante mit den Carriern, wo man bis zu drei Anhänger dran bammeln hat. Ebenfalls von Thomas Sabo und von Esprit kennt man die Kettenarmbänder, wo an jedem einzelne Glied ein Anhänger bammeln kann.
Hier ist es ein wenig anders. Das Armband ist glatt und in sich gedreht. Die kleinen Elemente haben in der Mitte alle ein Loch mit dem man sie auf das Armband aufdrehen kann.
Das Armband hat eine Stärke von 3 Millimeter und der Verschluss ist etwas ganz besonderes. Es ist eine dicke silberen Kugel auf der Pandora steht. Man kann sie aufklappen wobei sie auf der einen Seite fest am Amband angebracht ist. Die andere Bandseite passt genau in die Kugel hinein und dann klappt man sie zu. Dann hält das Armband bombenfest!!!
An vier Stellen hat das Armband so eine Art Gewinde. Darüber muss man die Elemente drehen. Die dienen so ein bisschen als Stop für das Element. Allerdings schaffen es meine Elemente immer wieder sich durch die Handbewegungen selber über die Gewinde zu drehen und bammeln dann doch über das ganze Armband verteilt. Also entweder muss ich das ertragen, bis ich mein Armband voll habe oder ich kaufe mir irgendwann sogenannte Stopper. Das sind Elemente die man auf diese Gewinde klippt und dann kann sich kein Element mehr rüberdrehen.

Naja, so funktioniert Pandora.

------------ Allgemeines --------------

°°°Preis
Der Originalpreis des Armbandes liegt bei EUR 64,-. Das ist schon recht heftig, aber es ist halt Pandora. Da zahlt man auch ein bisschen den Namen mit. Dafür bekommt man aber auch Qualität.
Zum Glück habe ich ja weniger bezahlt ;-)

°°°Hersteller
Pandora
Hans-Duncker-Str. 14
DE-21035 Hamburg
Tel: (+49) 40 24 87 560 - Fax: (+45) 4345 0532
Email: info@kasigroup.dk

Geschäftsführer: Kim Olsen
Sitz des Unternehmens: Hamburg, Deutschland
http://www.pandora-jewelry.com/DE.aspx

°°°Größen
Es gibt unterschiedliche Größen/Längen dieser Armbänder. Von 17 cm bis 23 cm. Ich habe ein 18er, was mir die Verkäuferin ausgesucht hat. Man muss halt aufpassen, dass noch genug Platz für die Elemente ist, aber auch nicht zu viel, dass das Armband am Handgelenk schlackert. Es weitet sich übrigens noch ganz leicht, wenn man mehrere Elemente dran hat, die ja auch schwer sind.

°°°Andere Ketten
Ich habe mich für das schlichte silberne entschieden, weil es einfach am hübschesten ist. Finde ich zumindest. Es gibt aber auch noch dunkle Armbänder (EUR 44,-) und goldene Armbänder (ab EUR 1.200,-). Die Armbänder gibt es mit dem typischen Pandora-Kugelverschluss oder mit einem schlichten Karabiner. Letztere sind natürlich etwas günstiger.
Halsketten gibt es auch, aber da gehen die Preise bei EUR 120,- los. Das ist mir dann doch zu teuer.

Pandora verwendet übrigens nur hochwertige Materialien, wie Sterlingsilber und 585er Gold.

°°°Wo bekomme ich Pandora
Also zum einen kann man direkt in einen Pandora-Shop gehen. Die gibt’s allerdings nicht so oft und wenn, dann sind sie nur in Großstädten anzutreffen. Dann gibt es aber sehr viele Juweliere, die den Schmuck vertreiben. Da sollte man eigentlich in jeder Stadt einen finden.
Unter http://www.pandora-jewelry.com/DE.aspx kann man einen Händler suchen (einfach Postleitzahl eingeben) oder auch direkt bestellen. Im Internet gibt es noch andere Shops und auch bei Amazon einige Händler. eBay ist natürlich auch eine Möglichkeit oder eine Tauschbörse, zum Beispiel auf StudiVZ.
Man sollte aber aufpassen, denn es gibt super viele „Nachmacher“ oder einfach andere Marken, die auch nach diesem Prinzip funktionieren. Da läuft man natürlich immer Gefahr, dass es nicht auf das Armband passt oder eben optisch nicht zu den anderen Elementen.

----------- Die Firma Pandora -----------

„Im Jahre 1982 eröffnete der Goldschmied P. Enevoldsen mit seiner Frau ein Juweliergeschäft in Kopenhagen. […] Die Beiden reisten häufig nach Thailand, um dort nach Schmuck für den Import zu suchen. Da die Nachfrage nach diesem Schmuck stieg, wurde das Hauptgeschäft auf den Grosshandel verlagert. Nach einigen erfolgreichen Jahren als Grosshändler wurde der Einzelhandel 1987 komplett aufgegeben und die Firma in größere Räumlichkeiten verlegt. Es folgten weitere Jahre als Grosshändler, bis das Ehepaar es wagte, eine eigene Fabrik in Thailand aufzubauen. Ziel war es, u. a. eigene Designs besser kontrollieren zu können. Man stellte Lone Frandsen als Schmuckdesignerin ein und konzentrierte sich fortan verstärkt darauf, eine einzigartige Schmuckmarke zu kreieren. 1996 kam die Goldschmiedin und Designerin Lisbeth Larsen hinzu, die gemeinsam mit Lone Frandsen eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Entwicklung des PANDORA-Stils einnahm.
Pandora wurde im Jahre 2005 auf dem deutschen Markt eingeführt und ist heute die erfolgsreichste Schmuckfirma in Deutschland. Der Hauptsitz von Pandora liegt in Brøndby, etwa 10 km südlich von Kopenhagen und ist eine Firma mit 130 Mitarbeitern.
Pandora wird heute durch ein großes Netz von eigenständigen Juwelieren und den größten Schmuck- und Warenhäuserketten vertrieben.
Darüber hinaus hat Pandora 32 eigene Flagshipstores, die über ganz Deutschland verteilt sind.“
(Quelle: www.pandora-jewelry.com)

----------- Elemente (Beads) ----------

So ein schlichtes Armband ist ja nicht alles und Pandora will ja auch ein bisschen mehr an mir verdienen ;-)
Und wie es sich für ein Bettelarmband gehört gibt es ganz viele Elemente, die man sich zusammenkaufen, -schenken oder –„erbetteln“ kann ;-)
Da gibt es die ganz schlichten Elemente in Silber, die alle EUR 24,- kosten. Tiere, Früchte, Symbole, wie Herzen, Kleeblätter und vieles mehr. Da ist für jeden was dabei.
Dann gibt es die Muranos. Das sind runde Glaselemente in verschiedenen Farben und auch als Farbkombinationen. Die kosten alle EUR 39,-.
Dann gibt es noch die Bicolor-Elemente. Das sind welche aus Silber, die aber auch Goldteile haben. Deshalb sind sie auch teurer und kosten zwischen EUR 44,- und EUR 109,-. Wer mehr ausgeben möchte kann sich einen kaufen, der noch einen Diamanten trägt. Dann kostet es EUR 180,-. Und man bedenke, von der Größer her sind sie alle gleich!!!
Ach und zu guter Letzt gibt es noch Beads mit kleinen Anhängern. Dann bimmelt auch noch was am Armband herunter.
Ich werde auf jeden Fall bei Silber und Murano Elementen bleiben.

---------- Meine Meinung ------------

°°°Optik
Das Armband finde ich wunderschön. Es schimmert richtig stark und ist aus sehr schönem und reinen Silber. Durch die gedrehte Optik wirkt es nicht langweilig und wenn man es nach und nach mit Elementen füllt wird es immer schöner!

°°°Öffnen/Schließen
Das Verschließen geht ganz gut, auch wenn ich immer etwas brauche, wo ich mein Handgelenk auflehnen kann. Aber es ist einfacher als ein Karabinerhaken, weil man hier nichts offen halten muss, sondern nur das eine Ende in die Kugel des anderen Endes stecken muss und dann zuklappt.
Der Verschluss hält dann bombenfest. Ich habe es jetzt seit ca. ½ Jahr und nutze es fast täglich. Bisher ist mir noch nicht aufgefallen, dass es schwächer wird.
Nur, dadurch dass es so fest hält ist es auch unglaublich schwierig es wieder zu öffnen. Quasi unmöglich. Mit meinen künstlichen Fingernägeln, die ja etwas dicker sind komme ich gar nicht in den Schlitz um die Kugel aufzuklappen. Und mit normalen Nägeln hätte ich wirklich Angst sie mir abzubrechen. Deshalb habe ich ein kleines Hilfsmittel. Ein dünnes Metallplättchen mit dem ich das Armband öffnen kann. Das habe ich noch aus meiner Nomination Sammlung.
Es gibt auch einen Öffner von Pandora selbst. Eine flache Blume, die an einer Blüte ganz platt ist, so dass man damit die Kugel aufhebeln kann. Die sieht schick aus, kostet allerdings EUR 44,- VIEL ZU TEUER!!

°°°Qualität
Die Qualität ist 1a. Das Silber glänzt auch nach einem halben Jahr noch so stark wie am ersten Tag. Bisher ist es auch noch nicht stark verkratzt was ich eigentlich erwartet hätte. Das Armband glänzt immer noch wunderschön und da es echtes Silber ist, kann man es auch beim Duschen und Sport umbehalten, sofern man das möchte. Ich lege es dafür aber immer ab.
Sollte es sich allerdings in den nächsten Monaten/Jahren doch noch verfärben, kann man es ja einfach in ein Silberbad legen. Danach sehen solche Schmuckstücke immer wieder aus wie neu gekauft.

°°°Tragekomfort
Wenn man nur wenige Beads auf dem Armband angebracht hat, dreht es sich gerne nach unten. Also wenn man die Handfläche flach auflegt, weil man wie ich am PC arbeitet. Dann kann es schon etwas nerven die Elemente immer wieder nach oben zu drehen, aber dadurch dass sie nun einmal schwer sind rutschen sie immer wieder nach unten. Das gibt sich, wenn man das Armband langsam voll bekommt. Und das ist ja schließlich mein Ziel.
Ansonsten ist der Tragekomfort sehr gut und mich stört es nicht. Aber ich habe ja auch einige andere Armbänder dieser Art und irgendwie gewöhnt man sich an das Gebamsel ;-)

Das tollste an dieser Art Schmuck ist für mich immer noch, dass es zum einen immer Unikate bleiben werden. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass jemand genau die gleichen Elemente auf seinem Band hat wie ich, ist wohl mehr als unwahrscheinlich. Zum anderen verbindet man immer Erinnerungen damit, wenn man die Beads geschenkt bekommt oder sich zu einem besonderen Ereignis selber eins kauft.
Denn man wird sich wohl kaum ein Armband kaufen und dann gleich alle Elemente die drauf passen. Da wäre der Sammelsinn ja schnell vorbei.

°°°Büchse der Pandora
Um nochmal kurz den Titel zu erklären. Ihr kennt ja sicherlich die griechische Mythologie. Pandora öffnet die Büchste und bringt Unheil über die Welt. Deshalb ist dies nein Synonym dafür, dass Böses folgt, wenn man etwas macht.
Und so war es bei mir. Eigentlich habe ich ja schon genug Geld bei Thomas Sabo gelassen und doch habe ich das Armband mit dem einen Element gekauft. Dass es nicht dabei bleiben wird war ja wohl klar ;-)
Zum Glück gibt es bei Amazon auch Händler für Pandora und dank gesammelter Webmiles gönn ich mir ab und zu mal ein neues Element.


Fazit: Sehr schöner Schmuck, den man einfach lieb haben muss ;-)

LG Eure Claudia

PS: Für Bewertungen und Kommentare bin ich wie immer dankbar!


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  • Django006 veröffentlicht 10.04.2011
    auf zu Gold :o))) lg Alan
  • Demelza veröffentlicht 15.02.2011
    ich hatte das vergnügen, mir enen katalog anzuschauen - und ein armband im schaufenster meines juweliers. mit über 600,-- euro viel zu teuer für ein bißchen silber und glas. sei mir nicht bös, aber für mein gefühl ist der schmuck so viel unikat wie der der juwelierkette christ. nur dass die elemente (die in 1000facher auflage hergestellt werden) von jedem kunden anders kombiniert werden. und auch bei den pflegehinweisen bekam ich den eindruck, dass man den schmuck im prinzip weder mit wasser noch mit anderen reinigungsmitteln für schmuck in kontakt bringen darf. --- kurz: dein bericht ist für mich super; das produkt an sich finde ich weniger prickelnd.
  • Poldipold veröffentlicht 05.05.2010
    Hab ich auch neulich entdeckt (nicht für mich natürlich *g*) und wollte mich mal darüber informieren was andere davon halten. Dein Bericht hat mir dabei sehr geholfen!
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  1. Anonymous Pterodactyl September 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I need advice on buying a car! :D

    I recently got offered a job, and my living and financial situation is one which finally allows me to afford a car (and I am now living in Sprawling Southern City instead of Urban Metropolis, meaning cars are necessary to go anywhere. There are basically no busses or subways). I’m going to some dealerships today to do test drives and I’m not planning on buying today at all, so what are some things I should research or tips I should know before I commit? What did you wish you knew the first time you bought a car?

    Also, any recommendations on manufacturers? I’m looking for something small, reliable, with good gas mileage. If I were made of money I would want a Tesla, but I am not. :P I am, however, seriously looking at a Mini, because they are adorable and I love them. But if I can’t find one within my price range, of course I’ll get something else. I don’t really care so much what, though.

    Oh, and I’m looking to get a used car, not a new one.

    1. Colette September 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      I recommend the Lemon Aid books – they talk about buying a car as well as give feedback in specific makes/models.

    2. acmx September 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Mini Coopers are made by BMW and can be pricey to repair. Also, I’m pretty sure they require premium gas.

      I’d like a Tesla, too :)

      1. Stephanie September 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Yeah, the requirement for mid-grade fuel steered me toward a Golf instead of a GTI. Well that plus the turbocharger (I just saw extra maintenance down the line) and higher insurance costs (my insurance viewed it as a sports car).

        It would have been fun to drive, though.

        1. I'm all out of bubblegum September 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

          Smart thinking on your part. I’ve had a car with a turbocharger – it was more annoying than fun. And my current ride takes only Premium fuel – not fun.

          Also, as a BMW owner – I would not recommend BMW to anyone.

          1. Stephanie September 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

            Smart thinking on your part. I’ve had a car with a turbocharger – it was more annoying than fun. And my current ride takes only Premium fuel – not fun.

            Ha, my friend had some Kia sedan (the specific model escapes me). She was driving and stops by the gas station. I see she’s filling up with 89 octane.

            “You have to put at least mid-grade fuel in that?”
            “Yes. This nondescript soccer mom car has expensive tastes.”

          2. MJ September 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm

            Oh no… why not? I was considering a BMW X6 (Used) bit I really want a Range Rover HSE. I have a Lexus IS now…

      2. Liane September 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

        Consumer Reports rates them relatively low on reliability, which combined with pricey repairs, is bad.

        1. Mike C. September 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

          This is one thing that steered me away from them, after realizing I would be paying a “BMW tax” for parts and repairs. I really liked that funny shaped coupe though.

    3. TL - September 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I love my Toyota yaris. Small, reliable, good gas mileage. :) very inexpensive.

    4. Stephanie September 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      So one thing with the Mini: I drive a slightly bigger car (a Golf). This could be because I’m in the land of Lifted Trucks, minivans, and SUVs, but I’m constantly dwarfed by other cars and trucks and sometimes have limited visibility. It’s not a huge problem, just an annoyance. At the dealer, I would see if you can test drive the car on the highway.

      Also, if you work for a large employer, you may have some corporate discounts. (Mine does at least.)

      1. Mike C. September 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        That sort of thing saved me like 2-3 grand and no haggling. It was awesome!

    5. Come On Eileen September 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      My sister just bought a Honda Fit and she LOVES it. Really good gas mileage, small but surprising amount of storage space. To me they’re not the sexiest cars out there, but they fit the bill for inexpensive and reliable.

      Another solid option would be a used Prius.

      1. Cruciatus September 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        There’s a new faculty member where I work who needed to buy a car for the first time and also bought a Fit. He seems to really love it. At my old job I had a coworker who drove a MINI but she had to drive 2 hours to another city any time it needed routine maintenance. And it seemed like she went a lot. It didn’t seem to bother her but I sure as hell am not willing to drive 4 hours total for my car.

        In my personal experience, some of the best used cars come from Toyota, Subaru, and Honda. (This is obviously not a complete list! But I know people who have purchased used in these brands and there were no major problems).

      2. Victoria, Please September 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        I have a Fit as well, and the gas mileage is actually not as good as I would expect from such a tiny tin can. But I love the flexible seats that let me move a lot of stuff.

      3. Natalie September 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        I’ve driven a bunch of different Fits through my car share and I agree. They’re great little cars, and from what I understand Hondas are not expensive to repair.

      4. SystemsLady September 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        +1 to Honda in general. Love our CR-V, brother has a Fit, and in college I drove a 2000 Civic that still ran perfectly at over 100k miles.

        1. LAMM September 20, 2015 at 1:57 am

          Yes. I have an ’09 Honda with 125k on it. I’ve done the basics (oil changes, brakes, batteries, etc) and the only thing I’ve had to replace so far was the starter. When it’s time to replace this one, it’s going to be with another Honda.

      5. Former Diet Coke Addict September 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

        Loved, loved, LOVED my Fit. Cheap, reliable, good on mileage, fit an IMMENSE amount of crap, all-around fun cars. The downside would be a somewhat noisy ride and a bit stiff (but mine was a 2012, they may have made some changes for the new models). Now I have a CR-V, still love it.

    6. Noah September 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Places like CarMax are great because they have a wide variety of cars you can test drive and they don’t play the “lets make a deal game” quite as much. I like to test drive anything I would consider buying. When I bought my Mazda 3, I test drove a 2, 3, 6, and CX-5. I also drove a Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla to compare before finally deciding on the Mazda 3.

      The best advice I can give if you go to a traditional dealership is be willing to walk away. Also, I would see if you can get financing from a local credit union lined up before you go to the dealership. Mine will give me a cashiers check that says something like “valid up to $35,000.00” and then you fill in the actual price you agree to and give it to the dealer like you’re a cash customer.

      Also, make sure you set aside plenty of time. The process always seems to take way longer than necessary as they run you through the various people and departments and sign all the paperwork.

      1. BRR September 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        All great advice.

        Be willing to walk away and ask you bank about financing. Don’t settle for a dealership’s financing. Also you shouldn’t finance a car for more than three years, if you need a longer loan it’s probably too expensive.

        Also minis sadly have poor maintenance records. I love the new 4 door mini cooper but when I buy I don’t want to spend a fortune on my car.

        1. Buggy Crispino September 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

          I agree, but would add one thing. Pre-approved loans from an independent source can be great, but be open to dealership financing. Some makes offer discounts and rebates only if you use the manufacturer’s financing (this happened with my Ford, I got $5,000 in rebates using Ford Motor Credit that I would not have gotten using my credit union pre-approved loan).

          1. BRR September 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

            Oh yeah, be open to it. Just know what else you can get.

    7. acmx September 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I know someone with a Kia Soul. It’s small but roomy enough inside. It’s really popular in my area (he moved here with it. Guess it wasn’t as common up north; part of the appeal for him).

      (I can’t help with personal rec as I drive an SUV)

    8. Curious September 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      You can get a mechanic to check out the car. I’d also look at consumer reports for more info.

    9. Liz in a Library September 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I no longer have it, but my favorite car I’ve ever owned was a Toyota Prius. I got great gas mileage, zero maintenance issues (literally just oil changes, light bulbs, and a wiper blade in the 140k miles I had it). I got rid of it because my husband and I decided to share a car, but we’ve already decided when it’s time to replace this one, we are going back to Toyota.

      I convinced my mom to get a Yaris a few years back, and she’s also loved that car.

      1. TL - September 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        I know I said I loved my yaris upthread but I do want to mention that it’s over 112,000 miles and no maintenance/repairs beyond the manufacturer’s recommendations

        1. blackcat September 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

          My old camry was at like 200,000 miles with no issues when it met its untimely demise in a wreck. I did a couple of cable/tube replacements, but those were all things rated to 150k miles anyways. The biggest thing I ever had to replace was a weird part of the passenger door lock. So yeah, besides the major recall issues of late, Toyota makes cars that can run forever with few issues until they have some epic failure around 250,000 miles. I’ve always gotten their bigger sedans, but they do make cute small cars. I regularly get compact Toyotas for rentals (Yaris or Carolla), and they seem to do well on mileage. I have a camry hybrid now which gets great milage (average ~45 mpg) and handles snow/ice much better (battery sits over the back axle balancing the weight of the car well), but it sounds like you want something smaller (and the snow/ice isn’t a factor in the south).

          1. TotoinKs September 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

            I’m up to 150K on my 2009 Camry with no issues.

        2. Liz in a Library September 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

          Yep, mom’s Yaris was over 100k miles when she bought it and checked out great with her mechanic!

        3. Natalie September 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

          My best friend is on her third Corolla – the first one she got in its middle age and ran into the ground, and she drove the second one for a decade and probably at least 100K. This third one is her first new car but it seems to be as reliable as the first two.

      2. Otter box September 20, 2015 at 12:37 am

        I have a 2009 Yaris 3-door hatchback and I love it – about 55k miles and absolutely no unexpected maintenance issues, knock on wood. I would recommend looking at a manual transmission (which I have), as the car is a bit underpowered and I like being able to control when it shifts and give it some extra power on freeway on-ramps. My Yaris is a little bit dinged up from 6 years of road debris and idiots who keep scraping up my bumper trying to park behind me, and that’s gonna knock quite a bit off the price if I were to sell. I bet you can find a similar one in the $6-8k range (maybe a little higher at dealers), and it’s a great car to own for a long time. Maintenance costs are low, gas mileage is great (I am currently getting about 25 mpg driving almost exclusively in stop-and-go traffic under 25 mph, but I get about 42 on the highway and 30 with more normal city driving), and it’s actually a lot more spacious than it looks. I call it the Tardis because it’s blue and it’s bigger on the inside.

        Basically, the Yaris is a great car and worth test driving. Good luck!

      3. Clever Name September 20, 2015 at 12:55 am

        I’ve had my Prius for 10 years and I lurve it! I plan to get another Prius when it poops out eventually. Mine has 125k miles on it. Insane gas mileage. I can’t ever go back to a non-hybrid.

    10. Anonymous Educator September 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      My spouse and I recently got a used car (first car purchase), and we are very glad we didn’t set foot once in a dealership. We used our credit union, which had some arrangement with a car buying service (at no additional cost to us). We just did our own research and gave specifications on what car we wanted and a price range, and then they got us that used one. Because the gas mileage was good, the credit union also gave us a much lower interest rate (1.7%).

      We ended up getting a Hyundai Elantra. Great gas mileage. Very smooth. Not too expensive. Unfortunately, not exactly petite either… but it’ll squeeze into a “compact” space still.

    11. Marcela September 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      I bought a car about 6 months ago. I wanted a small one, so a mini was inside the possible list. But when my husband, who is a car aficionado, started looking in detail about it, he discovered they are horrible cars, very prone to mechanical and electric defects, with very expensive parts. He found one rating, or website, I’ll ask him later so you can see it too, where cars are rated between 0 and 100. He told me a good car is 100, a decent car is about 70, a bad car is 30, and the mini was 2. So, no mini for me. I’ll post the link in another comment.

      He was looking for Japanese cars. His main preference was a Subaru. They are economical, cheap parts, with a simpler design, easier to fix. At the end I got a Pontiac Vibe, but it’s a funny one, since internally it is a Toyota, with the same motor as my husband’s Toyota MR2 Spyder. In any case, I know he would say never buy an American or European car, so I could not have a Peugeot (although they are not common in the US) or a cute Fiat. Well, this sounds weird even to me, as if I was saying I need his permission to get a car =^.^= It’s not. I trust his knowledge about cars, because he loves them.

      1. Marcela September 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

        This is the site http://tradeinqualityindex.com

        1. GH in SoCAl September 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm

          This site is amazing!

          I recently bought a used Lexus IS C and I’m glad to see it’s on the higher end of the reliability scale.

    12. Natalie September 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Any weather concerns in your area? Snow, in particular.

      1. Anonymous Pterodactyl September 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

        Not as far as I know of. I’m from 100-Inches-of-Snow-in-30-Days-Wtf Northern City, and we are considering moving back up there in two or three years (or later, but not sooner). But down here, to the best of my knowledge, there’s just heat in the summer and sometimes a little bit of snow/ice in the winter. And I guess every so often hurricanes might hit.

    13. Alicia September 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      I have a 2007 VW Rabbit (gas engine, not diesel). Doesn’t exist anymore, but a golf/GTI would be comparable. I like it. It’s a peppy little car but still spacious. Love the hatchback option for bigger items. Repairs can be somewhat costly when they do happen, but I’ve never had anything aside from regular maintenance (oil changes, filters, brakes, etc) so it’s not too bad.

    14. Cath in Canada September 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I hear ya on the Tesla! But there are some (relatively) cheaper electric options too. We got a slightly used Chevy Volt (plug-in hybrid) a couple of years ago and love it – if most of your driving is in the city, you can run it 100% on the battery for the vast majority of the time. We only ever use petrol on long trips out of town. We also test-drove the Nissan Leaf (fully electric, not a long enough range for visits to relatives) and the Ford plug-in hybrid (forget the name – it was decent and about the same price as the Volt, but we both slightly preferred the Volt).

      1. Lizabeth (call me hop along) September 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        The nice thing about the Tesla that there is very little upkeep expenses. We test drove one and all I could do was say “Wow” the whole time. I figure by the time they come out with a lower price point model, I will have saved enough for a down payment.

    15. Lizabeth (call me hop along) September 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      There’s a lot of choices in the $5-6,000 range which doesn’t need you to take a loan out. I picked up a 2004 Honda Civic LX from my car mechanic that is going good. Your best bet is to find a really, really good car mechanic by word of mouth and see if they have a car or two to sell. The other thing is to have a budget for car repairs – at least $1,000 a year. My last car was a 89 Chevy (bought new) that I ran into the ground and donated to NPR via Car Talk at the end. My rule of thumb for the Chevy was as long as I didn’t go over $2,000 a year in repairs, it was cheaper to keep it. I averaged a $1,000 every other year for a long time and it came down to some major repairs and $ at the end to pull the plug in 2012. Good luck!

      1. Clever Name September 20, 2015 at 1:00 am

        Wait? A thousand dollars a year for car repairs???

        1. Lizabeth (call me hop along) September 20, 2015 at 3:04 am

          Just because it’s budgeted doesn’t mean it will get used…brakes front and back can get pricey if you have to replace the rotors in addition to the brake pads. And like I said, it was $1,000 every other year, not each year.

    16. littlemoose September 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I adore my 2013 Nissan Sentra. Great gas mileage (30/39, I get about 32/33 doing mostly city driving), nice features for the price, and very spacious despite being a compact car. Huge trunk and a backseat that actually fits adults. My first car was also a Nissan and was 100% dependable, never any mechanical problems.

    17. NDQ September 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Buy only what you can afford to pay with cash.

      Talk with your insurance agent about rates on different models.

      Look at mpg for city driving and make sure the car will be affordable.

      NDQ

      1. Lizh September 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

        Be careful on used Toyotas. Some model years are having issues with excess oil consumption, and Toyota knew about the defect and sold them anyhow.
        Google Toyota excess oil consumption for the model years involved. They don’t have to do a recall, since it is not considered a safety issue.
        I would say go for a used Honda. As someone else advised, have a mechanic check out the vehicle. Check Carfax also. I have never used CarMax, but hear they are pretty good.

      2. Mike C. September 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        What’s with the cash only thing? Many banks/credit unions offer near 0% loans (or 0%) with no early payment penalties and it’s a great way to build credit.

        1. Clever Name September 20, 2015 at 1:01 am

          Seriously. My husband financed his car for next to nothing. Credit unions are even better.

    18. TheLazyB (UK) September 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      You have the best username ever.

      I have nothing else to add :)

      1. Anonymous Pterodactyl September 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        Thank you! :D I was inspired by the funny names google gives when people not in your contacts list are viewing a document. Anonymous, but still memorable.

    19. Audiophile September 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Both times I bought a car, I used cars.com and edmunds.com, important numbers: inventory vs MSRP. I also went to each car manufacturer website and had quotes sent from nearby dealerships. This is really where those numbers became invaluable. I financed both times through the respective dealerships, and the second time around I actually got offered the advertised rate at the time. I currently have a Hyundai Elantra GT, first car was a Nissan Versa.

      1. Natasha September 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

        Audiophile, I just bought a Hyundai Elantra myself (the Touring model), and I love it. My parents had an Elantra when I was younger, and I remembered it being good quality. Hyundai, like Mitsubishi, offers a great deal because they don’t have the same reputation as other Asian cars, but have great quality and warranties to make up for it.

        1. Audiophile September 20, 2015 at 1:19 pm

          Natasha, Hyundai has gotten much better since the 90s. They used to be pretty notorious. I bought mine because I really wanted a car that offered in-dash Sirius radio without having to get Nav and I wanted a push-button start. If one of the Honda or Subaru models had offered it, I would have bought that.

      2. Lindsay J September 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        I just got an Elantra GT as well. I love it.

    20. Mike C. September 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Consider using a car buying service, such as through Costco. Also look into discount programs with your new employer or other large organizations you happen to be a member of. Either way you can avoid a lot of the haggling BS and save money at the same time. I was able to buy my Subaru BRZ at dealer invoice while it was still really new and harder to find this way. Saved several grand over the local price at the time.

      Also, a BRZ/FR-S is an amazing daily driver, holds plenty and is an amazing value for the price. And holy crap is it fun to drive!

      1. littlemoose September 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        I want one of those!! I didn’t buy one when I needed a new car because I needed a practical sedan, but man, sometimes I wish I’d been impractical.

        1. Mike C. September 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm

          More practical than a Miata! :)

      2. Natalie September 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        I didn’t know Costco had a car buying service… this is relevant to my interests. Have you used it? What did you think?

        1. Mike C. September 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

          I haven’t, but like pretty much everything else Costco does, it’s worth a shot.

          1. LCL September 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

            My experience with Costco car service sucked. The dealer they recommended didn’t listen to me, tried to sell me a type of car that wasn’t what I wanted, and took us on a test drive in a car that was out of gas, and when I pointed it out blew me off. I eventually, wth the help of car fax, found what I wanted.
            I would say, don’t be too hung up on ‘must have a Japanese car’. The cheap ones aren’t all that, and cars these days have parts and sub assemblies from all over. I bought one American badge car, that had a Japanese engine, and was assembled in Canada.
            And every Toyota I have ever driven has just felt horrible to drive, poor fit, they feel cheap and plastics. At work I can drive a Prius but never do because I hate that car.

    21. Anon Accountant September 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I love my Honda Civic. 35 mpg highway and 30 in the country roads. Parts aren’t super expensive and are typical cost of other cars. Had it 9 years, 100,000 miles and it’s going strong.

      1. Anonymous Pterodactyl September 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        My partner has a Civic, and most of the time when I drive it it’s pretty all right… but then I want to make a turn at a specific intersection and that front right bar gets all blind spot up in my vision. It’s so infuriating whenever I have to deal with it, but the rest of the time I have no troubles with it.

        1. Natalie September 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

          That is an annoying thing about cars I noticed when test driving. Some of them just have odd window layouts that don’t work!

        2. Anx September 20, 2015 at 3:04 am

          Are you me!? I drive my partners Civic. I’ve never had a car of my own, but drove a few SUVs with boxier front side windows. I have issues with spatial awareness and have to triple check the lanes I’m moving into and I swear it’s worse in the Civic than any other car I’ve driven.

          I’ve also noticed than the angles of the windshield make it more difficult to see out of (again, maybe I’m just used to SUVs).

    22. StillHealing September 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Honda FIT. Good city gas mileage (22-24/mpg typically for me) Can be up to 40 mpg on interstate.
      Very low maintenance. Mine is a 2012.

      1. A grad student September 21, 2015 at 12:30 am

        I commented already below but I’ll second this- I bought a 2007 with 100k miles on it a year ago and have had no problems at all thus far. Usually get 25 mpg city, 40 mpg highway. They’re great!

    23. yahoo September 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Consumer Reports has some magazine like books on car buying. They take all their car reviews and bind them into a single publication. They rate used cars in it as well. I have seen it for sale at Walmart and larger grocery store magazine displays. If you can’t find it then your local public library will most likely have their April car issue which is also pretty good. You can photocopy whichever pages you want out of it.

    24. Menacia September 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      You really can’t go wrong with Toyotas or Hondas, I don’t know where you live but will you need AWD or can you get away with FWD? I had great success with my two Toyota Matrixes, hubby is still driving my 2010 Matrix. 2013 was the last year they made the Matrix so you may be able to find a used one. Try to stay as logical as possible when going to dealerships, remember, it’s a CAR, so don’t get emotional about it (don’t name it Brad) and you’ll do fine. ;)

      1. Mike C. September 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Someone’s forgetting about RWD…

        :D

        1. Menacia September 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

          Yeah, that too! ;)

      2. RG September 20, 2015 at 2:17 am

        Love the Matrix. Just traded mine in a few weeks ago. It was a sad day.

      3. Marcela September 20, 2015 at 1:15 pm

        Oh, I loved the Matrix. It was a great looking car, lots of space, great visibility. But when we found one, it had been in a serious accident and one door had to be replaced, so my husband was worried about the actual protection an already damaged car “body”? (Sorry, don’t know yet the right name for it) would give in a new accident. I asked him if he was expecting me to be such a bad driver, hahaha =^.^=

    25. Jenniy September 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      I have a chevy sonic. Similar size to the HOnda fit but has a sedan or hatch option, average 37 miles to the gallon (real life mix of highway and city driving), costs me around 20-25$ to fill from empty. Chevy has a 100 powertrain warranty, there is an option for a stock turbocharger (which is quite nice), all for around $20k including taxes tags etc.
      Also remember than any price you see may not include those numbers! The sticker price was 12750 for ours, but by the time we were done it was 19500.
      Also, like someone else said, check if your employer or career gets you discounts -chevy has a few, but your employer may have deals if they are a large employer (think school system or like I work at a shipyard)

    26. Anonymous Pterodactyl September 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Didn’t end up test driving today, because the person who was going to go with me hurt himself and wasn’t up to it. Instead, we spent the afternoon doing research and looking at what’s available nearby, and we’ll go out tomorrow for actual driving.

      Tentatively, I’m considering three options. 1, because my budget has some flexibility and I have some spare money tucked away in case of maintenance woes, go for a MINI. They’re cute enough I’m actually willing to go a little more high-maintenance just for the squee factor; 2, find a different model that I like and am going to be happy with for its reasonable lifetime that will cost less and/or need less maintenance than a Mini will; or 3, get something cheap that’ll last me a couple of years and get a mini when it falls apart or whatever (or get a Tesla then, if they end up coming out with their more affordable line and I’m in a place where it’s financially possible). There are upsides and downsides to each option, I think, and I won’t really be able to make a decision about which path to pursue before test driving a bunch of options – who knows, I might hate driving a mini, or fall completely in love with something I never really considered!

      And tomorrow is definitively NOT a purchasing day, since I need to talk to my credit union about loan rates and otherwise figure out the financing plan. So I’ll be able to walk away at any point and do proper research on whatever models stand out after driving them, and (hopefully!) won’t get end up getting pressured into a higher price than I should pay.

      I get the impression that most small car drivers worry about internal space, but that’s something I don’t really care so much about. Now, that might be a function of never having owned a car before, and it might turn out that space matters more than I thought it would. But my ex had a mini (and we had no other car) and we never had space issues with it (and few mechanical issues either, anecdatally), and my partner’s Civic should be plenty roomy if we need to make a big Costco run or something, and has worked great for that in the past. But maybe space matters more than I think it will, and I’m missing something? Hard to say. Anyone end up caring less/more about internal space than they thought they would?

      I’ll definitely try to find out if my new job offers anything related to cars; that’s a great tip. It’s a national telecom, so certainly big enough that it might, but I have no idea. I also have to give a huge thank you to Alison, because her interview tips definitely helped me clinch the offer! I’ve been looking since I moved down here in June, so wicked excited to get back to work.

      1. Vancouver Reader September 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

        We have a Mini,and yes, it was a little more expensive than some of the others we looked at, but I don’t think it’s had any more problems than most other vehicles. We take our car back to the dealership for servicing which costs a little more, but they treat us like gold there. Also, if you have to spend a lot of time in your car, it may as well be an enjoyable experience.

        1. Vancouver Reader September 20, 2015 at 1:37 am

          Oh, and I’d like to add that even though our car is 7 years old, she still looks practically brand new. The paint job on those cars are amazing.

    27. Observer September 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      I have not read any of the responses yet, so I’ll probably overlap.

      Decide up front whether you want to keep the car as long as possible, or you are going to want to replace it after a couple of years. If the former, ignore the issue of resale value. By the time you decide to get rid of it, it’s a moot, if you got a good car. And if the car is not a good buy, the resale value won’t help you much. Also, a few dollars up front, if you can manage it, can wind up saving you a LOT of money over time, if you keep the car for the long term

      And example of what I mean: Our last car totally broke down on us at the end of the 5th year we had it. We also spent a fair amount of money in that last year on repairs. It’s probably a good thing that it’s last breakdown was fairly catastrophic, or we probably would have kept it another year and poured way too much money into it. We replaced with a car that was significantly more expensive – not more luxurious, and possibly a few less features, but better quality and much better gas mileage. 10 years later, the thing runs well and rarely needs repairs. And it’s still pretty competitive in gas mileage with other newer cars. Being able to essentially skip a car replacement essentially saved us the cost of a new car, and that’s not pocket change.



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