One of the conditions of me going back "home" (Moms house) is that I save enough money to buy a car when I get back. I plan on saving between $1,500 and $2,000 by the time I leave in late Nov/Dec. Now, I've been looking at some cars locally in Charlotte/Concord (where my Mom is) and there are seemingly a ton of used cars in that price range, so right now I'm pretty clueless as to what I want. So, that's where you guys come in . This is my first car, so what should I get? I'm looking for something that looks good, but is also very reliable and good on gas. My grandfather was a mechanic for 40+ years, and knows the in's and out's and tricks of the trade, and will no doubt try to accompany me in my search for a car. I want to learn atleast a few reliable choices so he doesn't get on my case, lol.