Admin: 'one of many'
This is a really good piece of 'starting out' advice.Hunter,
Choosing a vehicle is what do you want to drive. Not what is available. Drive what you like.
Costs of the vehicle will play a part in your total budget. Plan for it.
Some people don't really care what they drive so long as it meets their requirements and so any rust free box will do.
But if you do care then you are going to put a lot of cash or sweat equity into your vehicle and it is no good if you don't like it and lose interest. I didn't like the MR2 enough to spend on it but I am now building from scratch and will love it like my own child. Money and cost is much less of an issue and I am in it for the longer term now.