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2014 1LT V6 Convertible 4 4.76%
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Help On Purchasing First Camaro

Hi guys, I'm AJ, 17 years old and I'm relatively new to these forums, been reading threads and posts for a while, but made an account today when i realized i can actually afford to get one. But, I am torn between three options. I want a V8 camaro, or a v6 with a convertible, but a V8 with a convertible is certainly out of the question, seeing as i will be paying car payments+gas whilst my mother pays for the insurance. So i have 3 options, lets call them A, B, and C.

Option A:2014 V6 1LT Convertible for $32,050 msrp

Option B:2014 V8 1SS for $34,350 msrp(only if i can catch a bargain with a dealer, maybe drop that price a bit)

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Option C:2010 V8 2SS preowned for maybe $25,000

I am honestly torn and don't know what to go with. I wouldn't have a problem financing the vehicles as i have a steady job, and have made the necessary calculations, and have already saved up about $10,000. So what I am asking is, if you were in my shoes, which option would you choose?

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:05 PM   #2
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Keep in mind that you pay a fortune for options when a car is new and on a dealer lot but they don't really seem to affect used car values.

I initially had a 2013 with a V6 and I traded it recently for a 2010 2SS/RS that has literally everything on it and actually had fewer miles than my 2013 did. I paid comfortably less than $25,000 for the 2010. I recommend that route.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:07 PM   #3
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If I was you, btw you lucky dog, I'll go with a used/pre-owned SS, there's a lot out there and you can find a low mileage/well taken care of SS if you search around.
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Keep in mind that you pay a fortune for options when a car is new and on a dealer lot but they don't really seem to affect used car values.

I initially had a 2013 with a V6 and I traded it recently for a 2010 2SS/RS that has literally everything on it and actually had fewer miles than my 2013 did. I paid comfortably less than $25,000 for the 2010. I recommend that route.
At first i was leaning towards the 2014 V8, but then i realized, im paying about $10,000 more for pretty much cosmetics. Isn't it the same engine, same hp, same torque, just a few minor modifications?Now I'm thinking about the 2010 2SS with more money left over to free up some more power under the hood. Thanks for your input!
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:11 PM   #5
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depends on how long you want to live? lol jk, IMHO I prefer new over old. owned a 2010 2ss n now 2013 2lt . I dd the 13 n it meets my number one rule of keep it cheap..the premium gas summer tires etc n not dd the ss is why I dumped it..good luck..ill save the lecture of priorities..
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Now you're thinking. You can get an awesome SS for $27 if not a little less.

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:12 PM   #7
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If I was you, btw you lucky dog, I'll go with a used/pre-owned SS, there's a lot out there and you can find a low mileage/well taken care of SS if you search around.
Haha lucky dog? How so? and That's what I'm thinking about because searching dealerships only about 15-25miles away, i've found about 3 used/ pre-owned SS's for about $25,000. Thanks for the input!
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:15 PM   #8
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If I didn't have a 250 mile commute I would be in a SS. The fun part is looking. Good luck!

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:23 PM   #9
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gonna go ahead and vote on option b. nothing like knowing you are the cars first. plus, 2010, depending on when it was built/bought, could be going on a 5 year old car already. No more warranty, which can be a good thing, or bad thing, depending if you like to mod. Plus, you don't know how the last person beat on the car. I would go with new, and full warranty, if I were looking for my first car.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:35 PM   #10
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I am happy I got my 2010 new back in 2009, but I swore to myself I would never waste the extra money on a new car again. Let someone else take the initial hit and grab yourself a good used SS, there are many out there under 30k miles in your price range and you won't have to worry about voiding a basically useless warranty when you mod it.

Just be sure if your going to test its limits keep it on the track and don't endanger your life or any one else.

Only way I would go with a new one is if you found a killer deal on a 2013 1SS still on the lot and with the current rebates it just might turn out being in the mid-high 20k price range.
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Purchase???? Steal it first, if you like it, then keep it!!!
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17 and can afford a $30k plus car? Do you sell crack?

Save your money, buy a used dependable car, go to college, buy a house, then get a nice car.
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I am happy I got my 2010 new back in 2009, but I swore to myself I would never waste the extra money on a new car again. Let someone else take the initial hit and grab yourself a good used SS, there are many out there under 30k miles in your price range and you won't have to worry about voiding a basically useless warranty when you mod it.

Just be sure if your going to test its limits keep it on the track and don't endanger your life or any one else.

Only way I would go with a new one is if you found a killer deal on a 2013 1SS still on the lot and with the current rebates it just might turn out being in the mid-high 20k price range.
Yeah I'm looking to mod my camaro a bit . But i most definately will NOT be pushing it on the streets. I've seen enough of my stupid friends total their cars to know that laws are set for a reason, to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you.
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Be sure to consider the front and rear style differences between the '10 and '14.
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17 and can afford a $30k plus car? Do you sell crack?

Save your money, buy a used dependable car, go to college, buy a house, then get a nice car.
Haha no i do not sell crack, I've been working at a machine shop, behind an auto part store. I've been there for about 3 years, working after school saving half my paycheck in a savings account my mother created at my birth, and the other half in my checking account which was being saved for my car. I have a good enough amount in that savings account to make it through 4 years at a local university. And about $10,000 and possibly more when the time comes that i purchase my camaro. So no, i don't sell crack, i budget my money, and am also lucky to have a very smart mother.
P.S I have a used dependable car But for as long as i knew about cars(Not too long xD Maybe 4 years) I've wanted a camaro!
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Be sure to consider the front and rear style differences between the '10 and '14.
I have, and to be honest, it's a really nice difference, but not for $10,000 difference! Well in my opinion at least, but, to each their own!
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Haha no i do not sell crack, I've been working at a machine shop, behind an auto part store. I've been there for about 3 years, working after school saving half my paycheck in a savings account my mother created at my birth, and the other half in my checking account which was being saved for my car. I have a good enough amount in that savings account to make it through 4 years at a local university. And about $10,000 and possibly more when the time comes that i purchase my camaro. So no, i don't sell crack, i budget my money, and am also lucky to have a very smart mother.
P.S I have a used dependable car But for as long as i knew about cars(Not too long xD Maybe 4 years) I've wanted a camaro!
Ok, that sounds better. Just make your school your priority and not your car. Saving your money like that is great, nice job.

Did you get quotes on insurance?
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Ok, that sounds better. Just make your school your priority and not your car. Saving your money like that is great, nice job.

Did you get quotes on insurance?
My mother and I are currently on my step-father's plan, but once me and her get our own, we will get quotes on the insurance, seeing as i'm a "new" driver, and a "risk" they'll probably be way high :(
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I would go with what feels right. Like I got a v6 because I felt safe getting it. It was a good deal and all that and I love the car but im not 100% happy with the car. I settled at the time and want more power now. But im a power junky I love the feel of a v8 so for me I should have got the v8. Really set down amd think about it and dont jump to fast

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The fun part is looking. Good luck!
Thank you! I've already driven a 2010 1SS and love it, cant wait to test drive some more!
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I would go with what feels right. Like I got a v6 because I felt safe getting it. It was a good deal and all that and I love the car but im not 100% happy with the car. I settled at the time and want more power now. But im a power junky I love the feel of a v8 so for me I should have got the v8. Really set down amd think about it and dont jump to fast

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Ah, I love the feel of the V8, as i said above i have driven one and it's amazing. I know about not jumping the gun and what not, im still gonna wait till maybe next school year or even until february, my birthday, to find the perfect, affordable camaro!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:11 PM   #22
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You can get an awesome 2010 SS with low miles for $24K where I live. You may want to consider a V6 for insurance and tax reasonability.
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you get upgraded suspension, more modern car, more well thought out car, new warrenty, and the thought that you bought a new car. I'd get the 2014 v8
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All up to you. If you really want a Vert then you have to go that way. I voted 1SS because you'd have the V8 rumble and a warranty on a new car. I think a warranty is important to some people. You know, you don't want to find out suddenly you have to pay for a new motor for a car that's out of warranty.

So basically I'm saying I think it's A or B. But follow your heart I guess, get what makes you happy. Then, be really careful in it, and take good care of it.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:14 PM   #25
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You can get an awesome 2010 SS with low miles for $24K where I live. You may want to consider a V6 for insurance and tax reasonability.
At the moment, literally down the street from me, maybe half a mile, there is a 2010 2SS Bright yellow, black striped, convertible with 20k miles for $28,000. Gonna stop by soon to check out the car and see if i can knock the price down a bit, but I'm also not trying to rush anything!
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