Advice on a first car
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Ok /o/, I come humble in search of some advice.
My girlfriend is looking into buying her first car.
She has no support from her parents, so she is looking to buy something herself, outright in cash, and she has a 5K absolutely max limit on what she can spend right now.
I will be perfectly honest, I've never bought a used car before, and I know just enough about cars to get myself into trouble, so here is what I'd like to know if anyone could be so kind as to provide some advice
With a 5K or less spending limit, what kind of used car would you point me towards? Import? American? Make/model? What kind of mileage would be reasonable to expect on such a car? Manual or auto? In general, what would be a good candidate fro someone first car if you have 5 grand or less to spend?
Also, what kind of things should you look/listen/test for when test driving or looking over a used car? How do you go about spotting a lemon?
TLDR? best choice for someone's first car, under 5 grand, and things to look for when used car shopping
Thanks tons in advance /o/