hello DC, can i get some advice?
here's the thing, a family member is gifting me a new car in cash. she wants me to have one because it seems news got around that i was still driving around in a (perfectly fine) 15 year old Honda tho i have a good job and whatnot. i don't quite understand the reasons for it, but i don't want to insult her by refusing the gift either (and i'm not morally opposed to being a luckbox), so i'm going to accept it.
the number she gave was 32k USD (it's a currency conversion thing). still not being completely comfortable about this, and not wanting to abuse her generosity, i've whittled down my options to a new economy car or a used, entry-level luxury car.
my priorities for a car in order of importance are:
2. fuel efficiency
4. other costs (insurance, repairs, part costs)
my choices so far are:
A. 2012 Toyota Camry SE (23k)
B. 2008 Acura TSX (17-19k)
i think i've read all the car buying threads on 2+2, and i know buying a new car is burning money, but this is as much for my aunt as myself, so that's why the new car choice remains. but i'm still not sure.
so, would you add other choices other than these based on my priorities? get rid of the new car altogether? which car seems a better choice? and is there a better way to go about this situation?