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Ok, I leave for basic training(Air Force) Dec. 8 and i wanted to order a 2SS Camaro before i leave so when i get back it'll be here waiting for me in my driveway.....when would you think it'll be the best time to order it i have the money to order it now but will barely meet the car note and insurance with my current job but i was plan on getting a little side job if i do decide on ordering it now. So what would you do if you were in my shoes?!
 

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Ok, I leave for basic training(Air Force) Dec. 8 and i wanted to order a 2SS Camaro before i leave so when i get back it'll be here waiting for me in my driveway.....when would you think it'll be the best time to order it i have the money to order it now but will barely meet the car note and insurance with my current job but i was plan on getting a little side job if i do decide on ordering it now. So what would you do if you were in my shoes?!


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Not to be a harda**, but your not an Airman yet. The base monthly pay for an E1 with less than 4 month of active duty is $1,294.50, don't know what kind of contract that you may have with the Air Force, but let's say for argument sake that you come out of basic and are an E3, that is 1,649.00 per month before taxes and other BAQ, COMRATS, etc, if you rate the addtional income.

With a 4 year note and and only financing 31,500, say with around a 5% note, your at $720.00, without insurance, gas, etc. Go 54, 60, 72 months, and it will look better, the fact is that if your just joining the miltary and your a boot, you don't know where you will be stationed, or if you'll make it through to become an active duty service member.

If I were to join the military, I would save my money, ensure that I made it through your "basic training", figure out where your school and follow on duty station will be, and then make a choice.

Now with that said, if your parents are wealthy, or if you hit the lottery and wanted to join the service, buy what the hell you want, if your going to try and make your way in life, do it smart.

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Not to be a harda**, but your not an Airman yet. The base monthly pay for an E1 with less than 4 month of active duty is $1,294.50, don't know what kind of contract that you may have with the Air Force, but let's say for argument sake that you come out of basic and are an E3, that is 1,649.00 per month before taxes and other BAQ, COMRATS, etc, if you rate the addtional income.

With a 4 year note and and only financing 31,500, say with around a 5% note, your at $720.00, without insurance, gas, etc. Go 54, 60, 72 months, and it will look better, the fact is that if your just joining the miltary and your a boot, you don't know where you will be stationed, or if you'll make it through to become an active duty service member.

If I were to join the military, I would save my money, ensure that I made it through your "basic training", figure out where your school and follow on duty station will be, and then make a choice.

Now with that said, if your parents are wealthy, or if you hit the lottery and wanted to join the service, buy what the hell you want, if your going to try and make your way in life, do it smart.

Semper Fi

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Thanks for that and yes i'll be starting at an E-3 i have a few thousands saved, my dad will co-sign and he has excellent credit so the note will not be that high and insurance also i already got quote on insurance and that isn't over 200. so you can say i'm looking at 6 something a month insurance included plus the other stuff so i can still manage to save and get the car. n btw i'll make it with no problem i can take the hollering because it's a mind thing and i'm in excellent shape for the activities i'll be going threw over there.
 

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Thanks for that and yes i'll be starting at an E-3 i have a few thousands saved, my dad will co-sign and he has excellent credit so the note will not be that high and insurance also i already got quote on insurance and that isn't over 200. so you can say i'm looking at 6 something a month insurance included plus the other stuff so i can still manage to save and get the car. n btw i'll make it with no problem i can take the hollering because it's a mind thing and i'm in excellent shape for the activities i'll be going threw over there.
Wishing you all the best with your choices, both the Air Force and the Camaro.

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Thanks for that and yes i'll be starting at an E-3 i have a few thousands saved, my dad will co-sign and he has excellent credit so the note will not be that high and insurance also i already got quote on insurance and that isn't over 200. so you can say i'm looking at 6 something a month insurance included plus the other stuff so i can still manage to save and get the car. n btw i'll make it with no problem i can take the hollering because it's a mind thing and i'm in excellent shape for the activities i'll be going threw over there.
I applaud you on you commitment to serve our country, and I wish you the best in you military career!

Now, I don't mean to be a killjoy, but I think you should wait and focus on the task at hand. Basic training and your advanced individual training will be an extremely intense transformation process. You are going from a civilian to porfessional military service member, and that should not be taken lightly. I speak from experience, as I served in the Army from 1985 to 1992. I did my first three years in Germany, and ordered my car before I returned stateside in 1988. I started as an E-1, but I was an E-5 when I ordered my car (a 1988 Mustang LX 5.0).

You didn't state if you knew where your permanent duty station would be, but I wouldn't trust shipping such a new car through the military. Seen too many horror stories. Plus, being that you're an enlisted person, you'll most likely be living on base in barracks or dorm-style living quarters. Which means you'll be parking in an open parking lot, subjecting your car to the harshness of the environment on a daily basis. Not to count the times of, or length of time you'll be deployed.

In a nutshell, focus on getting your career off on a good start. Once you're established, then focus on the Camaro. A good idea would be to put aside the money you think you will spend on the note and insurance plus estimated fuel costs; to see if you could live off of the rest. Sometimes things that look good on paper, work out differently in the real world. Good luck to you!
 

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Thanks for that and yes i'll be starting at an E-3 i have a few thousands saved, my dad will co-sign and he has excellent credit so the note will not be that high and insurance also i already got quote on insurance and that isn't over 200. so you can say i'm looking at 6 something a month insurance included plus the other stuff so i can still manage to save and get the car. n btw i'll make it with no problem i can take the hollering because it's a mind thing and i'm in excellent shape for the activities i'll be going threw over there.
Do you know how many Airman I saw make the same mistake you're about to make and end up in the 1st Shirts Office explaining why he can't pay his bills?
 

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yea I've posted the same question on different forms and I'll just get the 2011 Coupe, everybody telling me to save and wait so I will by then with the extra money I saved up plus my job money I might just put a big down payment on my 2011....and I live in Opelousas about 20 minutes away from Lafayette.
 

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If you're a good saver, I would expect you won't be able to practically afford a NEW Camaro until you're a SrA. I don't think you realize that if you buy a new car, its going to leave very little money for other "fun." "Hey man, let's go to the bar." To which your answer will be "I just paid my car note, so I'm broke."
 

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If you're a good saver, I would expect you won't be able to practically afford a NEW Camaro until you're a SrA. I don't think you realize that if you buy a new car, its going to leave very little money for other "fun." "Hey man, let's go to the bar." To which your answer will be "I just paid my car note, so I'm broke."
First of all let me start by saying your thinking I'll put the car under my name...i will only if I can get good rates but if not I'll have my dad co-sign it with me so therefore I can have money left over for other stuff and I have like 10k in my savings account so lets just say I use 8 of the 10 plus I'll just add 3k of my Airforce money not to mention the money I got saved up from my job right now.....now you can do the math on that and if you still find out how I'll be broke after I buy a 2011 Camaro please let me know. But hey, thx for the advice.
 

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First of all let me start by saying your thinking I'll put the car under my name...i will only if I can get good rates but if not I'll have my dad co-sign it with me so therefore I can have money left over for other stuff and I have like 10k in my savings account so lets just say I use 8 of the 10 plus I'll just add 3k of my Airforce money not to mention the money I got saved up from my job right now.....now you can do the math on that and if you still find out how I'll be broke after I buy a 2011 Camaro please let me know. But hey, thx for the advice.
Hey. You kids know it all. I forgot how good our school system was these days. Go for it. Spend all of your money and have the coolest car in the dormatory.
 

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Hey. You kids know it all. I forgot how good our school system was these days. Go for it. Spend all of your money and have the coolest car in the dormatory.
yup perfect school system these days...flawless...yup coolest car award is mines in 2010.
 

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yup perfect school system these days...flawless...yup coolest car award is mines in 2010.
I think that myself and others speak from a point of being alittle older and much wiser. We've seen more mistakes made by young people than you have at your age. We've all been your age, once, and I can imagine your eagerness to own this awesome vehicle; but it's just a car that happens to be new. I can venture to say that it will be around for a few more model years, and it will get better.

I sense a little bit of a youthful attitude. We're only trying to enlighten you to the downside of getting into an expensive situation on a limited budget. At your age, I was all about finding a nice project car to "tinker" with. I ordered my new car because I wanted something reliable to do cross-country trips in. When I was on leave, I would just hop in my car and drive, and be back to base just before my leave would end.

Be the best that you can in the Air Force and by doing so, your rank (and increase in pay) will come on time, or early. I was a observation helicopter crewchief and I went fro E-1 to E-6 in three years and 11 months (far out pacing anyone in my MOS). I met every promotion at the earliest time in grade/time in service requirement. I just made the mistake of getting out to save a marriage that failed anyway.

Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do about the Camaro. Just try to be open-minded when good advice is offered to you. Take care!
 

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I think that myself and others speak from a point of being alittle older and much wiser. We've seen more mistakes made by young people than you have at your age. We've all been your age, once, and I can imagine your eagerness to own this awesome vehicle; but it's just a car that happens to be new. I can venture to say that it will be around for a few more model years, and it will get better.

I sense a little bit of a youthful attitude. We're only trying to enlighten you to the downside of getting into an expensive situation on a limited budget. At your age, I was all about finding a nice project car to "tinker" with. I ordered my new car because I wanted something reliable to do cross-country trips in. When I was on leave, I would just hop in my car and drive, and be back to base just before my leave would end.

Be the best that you can in the Air Force and by doing so, your rank (and increase in pay) will come on time, or early. I was a observation helicopter crewchief and I went fro E-1 to E-6 in three years and 11 months (far out pacing anyone in my MOS). I met every promotion at the earliest time in grade/time in service requirement. I just made the mistake of getting out to save a marriage that failed anyway.

Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do about the Camaro. Just try to be open-minded when good advice is offered to you. Take care!
I know it's good advice but I'm not looking into buying a car at this moment so basically my question is answered everybody said save my money and wait because I was going to order now but I'll just wait I mean were talking about a car that's less than 40k here I noticed everybody sayin I won't be able to afford it in the future but I already have thousands saved up for my use to do whatever I choose plus if my rates are steep my dad will co-sign like stated so I know when the 2011 arrives I'll b in good position to purchase one or maybe I won't but I'll just be a man about it when that time comes if I'm traveling like hell then f da camaro I'll get it later ya kno I'm just getting advice on what to do now not later. but thx for the advice also
 

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Something else to consider when you do decide to buy:

If you're financing through an American bank, most of the finance agreements prohibit you from taking the car overseas. Just something else to keep in mind. You could get out of basic and be sent to Kunsan or Turkey or something, then you'd be paying for a car you'd never get to drive.
 

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Something else to consider when you do decide to buy:

If you're financing through an American bank, most of the finance agreements prohibit you from taking the car overseas. Just something else to keep in mind. You could get out of basic and be sent to Kunsan or Turkey or something, then you'd be paying for a car you'd never get to drive.
oh ok that's why I'll just wait to see weither I'd be stationed there for awhile or not cause if I get shipped overseas then I'll just wait it out.
 
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