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Terry Bell, Real Estate Pro in Santa Rosa, CA

What's the best car to get as a Realtor, that gets good mileage, has room for clients and is reasonable.

Asked by Terry Bell, Santa Rosa, CA Sat Nov 19, 2011

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Hyundai Sonata gets great mileage and you can get a great deal on a used one. They also have good back seat space. If you are looking for more back seat space but still good mileage, a used Toyota Avalon is also a good choice. -- These are dependable sedans and make you look professional to boot. Get one that is 3+ years old and you'll get a great deal on a car that will last another 10 years easy..
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 20, 2011
Have an Nissan Altima Hybrid(biased because my Son sold it to me!). Great mileage(32-35), performance, etc. Personally I miss my old 1959 Chrysler Saratoga with the fins on the back AND my push button transmission!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 21, 2011
I like the car that George Jetson drove in the TV show, The Jetsons. It didn't require tires, flew thousands of miles without a tank of gas, and had auto-pilot.
If you can't find one of those on the local pre-owned lot, I prefer a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Mine has 4 wheel drive and an 8 cyl. engine, which hopefully you won't need for looking at homes, but it has come in handy doing BPOs and listings in the hills. It's on the smaller side of the SUV product category, saving you gas and making it easier to park than the land whales (Sequoia, Yukon, etc.). It has enough space to take a few clients and a luggage rack if you need it, though I'd keep the clients inside and not use the luggage rack for them.....
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 20, 2011
Doesn't the question need to be asked, "What do you intend to do in the car?"
Will the buyers in the back seat be given the opportunity to view the computer screen to see the data you have prepared?
Where will they place those listing printouts you handed them.
Are your buyers going to be 5 ft 7 or shorter? How will that influence the view from the back seat of the 6ft 4inch star on the OSU women's volleyball team?
What about that person who gravity has seized and finds it excruiatingly difficult to pull their bones from the real seat of a low riding sedan?
Would you not like to have access to your reference matierial without parking and grabbing your brief case from the trunk? again and again and again.
You should spend some 'quality real estate time' in the back seat to determine the experince your choice will deliver to your buyer. Add a few 'rubinisk' Americans to the back seat and that quality experience you think you are deliveing turns into something quite different.
That experience you wish to deliver is the question that begs to be answered.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 21, 2013
In the Kansas City market we have one of the largest Ford plants in the nation located in the county which I work. They are in the process of adding 5000 jobs to our area plus all the other jobs those 5000 add to the local economy. Guess what I drive a Ford f150 4 door truck! Most of the Ford workers would not even ride in a foreign car or truck. So I’m biased based on the economy, but I am considering the new ford escape for 2013 with hybrid technology rumored to achieve 40+ miles per gallon.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 21, 2011
There are so many! I have always thought that a mini-van with a wrap and enabled hot-spot wi-fi would be awesome! Like an office in a van! Lap top and portable printer. Someday, someday! But until then I like driving my Cadillac.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 20, 2011
Hyundai Sonata by far! I bought one in July and it has been great! Priced around $20k with 35 mpg and plenty of comfortable room for 4 people. You just can't beat it!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 20, 2011
A camry has a nice interior and space coupled with good mileage & relatively affordable.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 20, 2011
My requirements involve my clients' comfort, certainly, but it's basically a mobile office, so the thing has got to be comfortable and functional for ME! I've been sticking with mid-size SUVs that get better than average (for their class) MPG. Room for signs, supplies, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 6, 2014
I love my Jeep Grand Cherokee. Very comfortable for clients and a smooth ride. Mileage isn;'t the best but I love my car!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 5, 2014
When I went car shopping this last time, the first thing I did was open the door to the back seat and get inside. The car sales people thought I was nuts but it was important, since my community is mostly age restricted, to know how easy it was to get in and out as well as sit back there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 5, 2014
I've always drove a Nissan Altima going on 15 years (searching for my third one) they have excellent mileage, and have lots of space to drive my clients around, also has excellent safety record. (I was in one several years ago when I was hit on the freeway, car totaled, and I walked away)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2014
Hello Terry,

I was thinking of getting a Toyota Prius but they are kinda of expensive. I drive a Jeep right now & love it but the mileage is not the best. i am surprised to see so many recommendations of the Sonata!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2014
Very pleased with my Honda Accord -- plenty of room, reasonably priced. Great car!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2014
My 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid & 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid are the BEST !!
Good room and there rated at 47/47 MPG but I get 43-45 MPG.
So much better than my Prius, The Prius feels cheap, looks cheap, it's loud on the highway and it handles horribly.
The C-Max & Fusion are on a completely different level, better fit and finish, better quality materials, better ride and Fun to drive
So far 45,000 & 21,000 miles and no problems other than I'm not getting the advertise MPG no matter what I do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 4, 2014
I own a Camry and I am very happy with it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 31, 2013

The best car for a Realtor all depends. A lot of car companies offer hybrid vehicles that have great gas milage. So if you want to ride around in style you can get a BMW hybrid or even a benz hybrid and have great gas milage while looking like a very successful Realtor. Good luck in finding a car hope you choose wisely.

Antonio Sanchez
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3928 E. Tremont Avenue
CELL: 347-320-0673
FAX:    347-202-4966
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 21, 2013
Honda Accord or Civic are great options..

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 21, 2013
Smart Car, El Camino, Pinto, tricked out Astrovan....

Kidding, I really like the Ford Fusion. Im 6'6 and have plenty of room in the front or back. Good mileage. Great price. Looks clean. Ford tough and all that jazz.

Josh Daniels
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 20, 2013
Honda Accord all the way!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 20, 2013
I have a Hyundai Sonata great looks and great gas mileage I get about 25 around town and up to 39 on the hwy....I get comments on how big it is inside and how nice it looks all the problems with it at all even the tires lasted 60000 Mine has nice features and out the door was 22000
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 20, 2013
I have an older Lincoln Town Car,
and when I can, I will upgrade to a newer Lincoln Town Car.

I get 16 in town and 25-28 on the highway,
and it is comfortable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 22, 2011
Good question! I choose a Mazda 3 for all those reasons. I'd rather get a BWM, but I burn through cars with so many miles...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 22, 2011
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