Hi I’m in the market for a new car and was wondering if anyone can help.
-I live in Los Angeles. I know.
-For the last three years I’ve been working for my family’s farm which is roughly about 100 miles north of LA, in the city of Arvin.
-Thankfully, I am not a daily commuter (I stay at the farm during the week and come down during weekends), but I still drive a lot. And, I really do mean a lot. I average about 500-550 miles on a weekly basis.
-I currently drive a 2007 Toyota Yaris and it’s on it’s last leg. Great on gas mileage but semi trucks, trucks, and tractors can never see me. It gets pretty dicey out here sometimes.
-My current budget is 30K-35K. I can possibly stretch to 40K but rather not, as I am still paying off my student loans.
-And before anyone suggests getting a Prius. Don’t. 95% of my driving during the week is on dirt roads or gravel. I’ve been stranded on the farm due to rain that have turned the easements into muddy rivers. I’ve also experienced driving through ice/snow on the highways. And if anyone is familiar with the i5, the grapevine is a daunting trek.
-I also have no interest in getting a truck. I may be a farmer but I’m still a city girl at heart and thinking about trying to parallel park one of the work trucks in downtown LA makes me nauseous.
I’ve been looking at Subaru and Jeep (especially the outback and grand cherokee). Any suggestions?