Car Seat.Org - Carseat, Automobile & Child Passenger Safety Community Forums
Forums Home | Mobile Site | Search | Carseat Blog | Carseat Basics | FAQ | Store | Support Us and Shop Amazon

 

Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!



  Contact Us to Sponsor a Top Banner Ad!  

Visitors are welcome to post a question anonymously, without registration. Please see announcement for more details.

Go Back   Car Seat.Org - Carseat, Automobile & Child Passenger Safety Community Forums > Safety Questions and Topics > Car and Vehicle Safety

Notices

Car and Vehicle Safety Automotive Shopping and Buying Advice on Safe Family Cars, Trucks, Vans and SUVs. Discuss IIHS and NHTSA Crash Tests and Transportation Safety Statistics.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
Gypsy
Senior Community Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 2,787
Gypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org LeaderGypsy is a Car-Seat.org Leader
What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

May need to purchase a budget vehicle, but don't want to compromise on safety!

Give me some suggestions please
__________________
"If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12
Gypsy is offline  
Reply With Quote

  #ADS
Car-Seat.Org
Please Support Our Sponsors!
 
 
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Car-Seat.Org
Age: 2010
Posts: Thank you!
 

 
Car-Seat.Org is online  

RECARO Child Safety – Child restraints inspired by decades of safety in racing seat technology.



Visitors are welcome to post a question anonymously, without registration. Please see announcement for more details.

Old 10-17-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
carseatcoach
Carseat Crankypants
 
carseatcoach's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 7,668
carseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expert
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

I drive a 2006 Kia Optima. For a 4-year-old vehicle the safety scores are pretty impressive, and since they don't hold their value well, they're darn cheap.
__________________
CPST and Mama to a 12yo girl, 5-stepped at age 10 and 5'

Posted from my toaster using a PopTart
carseatcoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 03:51 PM   #3
Defrost
Moderator - CPSTI Emeritus
 
Defrost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Idaho
Posts: 7,513
Blog Entries: 16
Defrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org ExpertDefrost is a Car-Seat.Org Expert
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

Mazda 5?

Actually, I'm thinking my sister's car would fit those criteria as well - a Mazda 3.
__________________
Debbie, CPST-I
driving my '07 Mazda5 with
Thomas (18) * Sam (17) * Patrick (15) * Macha (13)
Safely secured with seat belts - everyone, every ride!
Defrost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 06:44 PM   #4
erikanohelani
Carseat Crazy
 
erikanohelani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 161
erikanohelani has disabled reputation
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

This article might be helpful to you in a reverse way... it is an article about cars that lose their value fastest. If they depreciate quickly you might be able to get it for a low price on a 2 year old model.

http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/auto...e-the-fastest/

www.safercar.gov for crash ratings data

One of the models on the list was the Kia Spectra... I looked up the crash ratings on it and they were good for an '07 model.

Good Luck =)
erikanohelani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 07:04 PM   #5
gecikuh
CPS Technician
 
gecikuh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 454
gecikuh is a novice Car-Seat.Org journalist
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

Quote:
Originally Posted by erikanohelani View Post

One of the models on the list was the Kia Spectra... I looked up the crash ratings on it and they were good for an '07 model.
where did you look? they really aren't good at all on informedforlife.org
__________________
Jess, RN, BSN, CPST- SN trained
& mommy to Ella 8.8.08 RF in RNXT
and Ethan 6.5.10 RF in RNXT
blog
gecikuh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
erikanohelani
Carseat Crazy
 
erikanohelani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 161
erikanohelani has disabled reputation
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

I was looking up a 2007 model...

From safercar.gov
http://www.safercar.gov/portal/site/...&model=Spectra
4 star in side crash, 5 in frontal

I just checked the informedforlife

the score does seem low... sorry thanks for looking that up!
erikanohelani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 02:40 PM   #7
bobandjess99
CPS Technician
 
bobandjess99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,959
Blog Entries: 1
bobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leader
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

I drive an 07 kia optima (there was a big change between 06 and 07 model year, be sure to get 07 or newer) they just topped the list of vehicles which lose their value, lol. You can get a 2 year old one for less than half price. But, it's a really nice car, good safety ratings. Sedonas also lose their value...you can get 06's for uber cheap.

If you're looking for a smaller car with better gas mileage, brand *new* Nissan Versas sell for $9999.

Here's a link to an 07 optima for $8500 in columbus. You know Kia's warranty is tranferable, so you'd have some security there. It's awful for 3-across though.
__________________

Alex, 6 and Katie, 10
bobandjess99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 03:00 PM   #8
carseatcoach
Carseat Crankypants
 
carseatcoach's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 7,668
carseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expert
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

This is not snark -- but I'm pretty happy with my 2006 Optima. What makes the 2007 much better? I've seen 2006s as low as $6K around here.
__________________
CPST and Mama to a 12yo girl, 5-stepped at age 10 and 5'

Posted from my toaster using a PopTart
carseatcoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 10:59 PM   #9
bobandjess99
CPS Technician
 
bobandjess99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,959
Blog Entries: 1
bobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leaderbobandjess99 is a Car-Seat.org Leader
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

I didn't mean to be rude, it's just they redesigned it between My06 and 07. the 06 didn't get anywhere near as good of safety ratings, is the biggest concern for me personally.
As you can see here at the IIHS site, the 06 gets an "acceptable" for frontal, and a "poor" for side, whereas the 07 gets a "good" for frontal, and an "acceptable" for side.

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=513

That's just a significant difference for me.
as to any other differences, I can't say. I never drove an 06 or anything...I immediately ruled out all "poor" ratings in either frontal or side impact from my vehicle search. Quite possibly, it is a great car. I was speaking mainly just to the safety differences.

I know we've discused this before, but there are 2 different 06 models. They switched partway through the year, and 06 models produced prior to Sept 05 are the same as the 05 and earlier models, while 06's produced after Sept 05 are the same as the 07+ models. Sometimes those later 06's are referred to a 2006.5's, but also i've seen a lot of people refer to them as just plain "06's"
So..if you have one of the 06's which is the same as an 07, then the safety ratings and stuff are the same as an 07....but if it is an earlier 06 that shares its design with the 05's, then it is the earlier model which has the lower safety ratings. Confusing, right, LOL??
I knwo when we spoke of it before, you told me you believed you had an earlier 06, the kind with the lower safety ratings, and not the redesigned 06.5, which is essentially an 07 they started selling at the end of MY 06.
Stupid Kia and their midyear rollout of a new redesign.

Anyway..Lisa - Ihope that made sense to you, lol!!! If you can find an 06 that looks like an 07 (the body style is quite different , it's obvious) then it has the higher safety ratings, but if it looks like an 05, it has the lower ratings/design.
__________________

Alex, 6 and Katie, 10
bobandjess99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2009, 09:40 AM   #10
carseatcoach
Carseat Crankypants
 
carseatcoach's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 7,668
carseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expertcarseatcoach is a Car-Seat.Org Expert
Re: What is the cheapest, safest, 2ish year old vehicle out there?

I'm not offended, just curious. I guess I relied more on the NHTSA ratings since they tested the exact vehicle, and IIHS tested a 2004 Sonata. Still, I agree that newer is better, but if she's looking for cheapEST, I wouldn't rule it out.
__________________
CPST and Mama to a 12yo girl, 5-stepped at age 10 and 5'

Posted from my toaster using a PopTart
carseatcoach is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply



Support our Forums at Car-Seat.Org!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO POST A QUESTION ANONYMOUSLY, WITHOUT REGISTERING. It may take a couple hours or overnight until your post is approved and appears to the public. Due to recent spam attacks, this moderation delay is in effect until you register, confirm email and have your account approved. Please do not re-post your message if it does not appear immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please also read our announcement for more details.

All responses are the opinions of each indvidual, who may or may not have relevant training or familiarity with your vehicle or carseat. It is your responsibility to read and follow the directions in the owner's manuals.  If you are unsure about information provided to you, please visit a local certified technician for a FREE CARSEAT SAFETY INSPECTION.  The best child safety seat is one that correctly fits your child, your automobile and can be used properly each and every trip. No registration is required to ask a question! Please read our announcement for details before posting.

Clek is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.org
Kids N Cribs.com is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
Nuna is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
Graco is a Proud Sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
'Britax USA is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org
Recaro Child Safety is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.org!
Maxi Cosi is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!
ThomasHilfen is a proud sponsor of Car-Seat.Org!

Please Support Car-Seat.Org with your purchases of infant, convertible, combination and boosters seats from our premier sponsors above.
Shop travel systems, strollers and baby gear from Britax, Chicco, Clek, Combi, Evenflo, First Years, Graco, Orbit, Recaro, Safety 1st, Diono & more!


About Us Support Car-Seat.Org Forums

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All Website Content Copyright© 2001-2014, Car-Seat.Org, All Rights Reserved.