Hi, everybody. I'll be moving to Florida soon so I need some guidance on some cars, any type of help will do. I can't take the car I own right now with me because I live in Puerto Rico and it's just easier to sell it and get a new one once I get to Florida.
Before listing my current options, what should I be on the look-out for with used cars? No, I will not have the income to afford monthly car payments, brand new cars are off the map right now.
Does the year of the car, make and model of car, and age of the driver really have an effect on how much the driver has to pay monthly when dealing with insurance policies?
Should I trust Kelley Blue Book prices when I search up cars I'm interested in? Kelley Blue Book isn't a thing over here in Puerto Rico and people sell their cars according to their own price, not following any guidelines.
Just a reminder: I'm from a different country (a colony of the US) so I really know nothing about vehicle laws and regulations in the USA.
1) 2007-2008 BMW 328i
I've always loved this BMW but I have some doubts.
Is BMW maintenance in the United States really that expensive? I've read quite some things about BMW mechanics and mechanical issues that may occur. If anybody's had an experience with BMW maintenance, I'd really appreciate it.
2) 2007 Lexus IS250
I've been really loving this car and they're pretty well priced (at least on Craiglist cars I've seen) that follow the Blue Book.
Is Lexus maintenance considerably pricier due to it being a Lexus, even though it's just a Toyota?
If anybody's had any experience with this car, I'd appreciate it.
3) 2004-2008 Acura TL
This is the car I drive currently and it's on my list of possible cars to get. Since I already know quite a bit about this car's business (mechanical issues, common cosmetic issues), it seemed like a good option to have in my deck.
Those are really my 3 options at the moment. I'm just asking for some pointers on what to watch out for and what to look for in any car in the USA and opinions on which car, out of the 3, you'd pick.
Thanks for the help in advance, you guys.