This is the second vehicle I've ever purchased. The first one was a 2002 Acura TL which I bought for less than $2000 off Craigslist. I only had it for a year. Long story short, the TL had a multitude of issues. I decided to take the plunge into buying newer- straight off the lot with no prior history. I understand what it's like to need/ want a car you can count on. So far, Carol the Corolla has been good to me. I hope she will be good to you too!