Hey everyone this is my first post on ClubWRX!
As soon as I turned 16 I got my license (took driver's ed @ 15). So recently I have been looking for a first car, and believe it or not I am a huge car enthusiast. I like pretty much any car i'm not too picky. I've learned how to drive manual as of now and I was looking to get a WRX as my first car. I know they're fast cars and not very good for immature teens to drive and put their lives in danger but I'm sure I can handle it. I never drive dangerously fast.
I've already found 2 very clean WRX's and looked at them irl. They're both accident free and clean title + low mileage. Both lightly modded. I heard its better to buy a wrx that is not modded vs modded because its likely the previous owner did not treat it well (driving-wise). Either way both of the ones that i'm choosing from have a cat-back, a boost guage and thats pretty much it nothing else at all. Engine bay fully stock nothing aftermarket or replaced (i followed a wrx buy guide from this forum and everything was great on both)
2006 impreza wrx : 88k miles
2004 impreza wrx: 76k miles
one was blobeye one hawkeye, i love both, as i said before im not picky.
I've already calculated the payments and got quotes from both dealers. Just so you all know, i do have a VERY reliable job even though im 16, and i make ~900 a month as of now (summer) but during school i will be focusing on my grades so i will only make ~700 a month (calculated).
The car payments for both were quoted @ around 370 a month for 3 years (after taxes and everything)
after gas, regular maintenance, and insurance i would still have money left.
Soooo here are my questions:
1. Is this a good idea? (In your opinion. Please consider the fact that I'm responsible and have a reliable job)
2. I've heard insurance is A KILLER for 16 year olds on these cars, i was wondering can the insurance be under my dad's name? I know if i get tickets the rates will go high but he trusts me and i never speed so it should be ok right?
3. Are wrx's even reliable? Do the engine components need to be replaced every certain amount of miles? I understand certain parts need replacing depending on the use, like the clutch for example.