First post here, so please let me know if this belongs somewhere else. I am a low time student pilot paying a FORTUNE for a beat-to-hell C172 ($200+/hour, plus instructor, no digital anything). The essential maintenance is done on the plane, but it's got several things Inop and I feel like it's in the shop more than it's out. In other words, even though I am available to fly every single day, I have only accumulated 10 hours in 3 weeks because of plane availability issues (Nearly 20 students, one plane...). Unfortunately, where I live, this is the only option for training, and the used plane market is...limited, at best. I have been asking around and the only thing I've found for sale is a beautiful Cessna 210, but I'd be paying a lot more to build those hours. My mission goals are pretty simple: I want to be able to haul around my family (2 adults, 2 kids), guests who come to visit (We live on a tropical island), and eventually, once I have my commercial, I'd like to start giving aero-tours to help offset the cost of the fuel and maintenance a bit. For these reasons, I think a C182 is the way to go for me. I like the 172 for the most part, I like the high wing for sight seeing purposes, and I like the 182 because it's a bit more comfy inside and has a better payload capacity. I'm not stuck on a 182, but from all of my research, I feel like it's a good starter plane for my specific needs. I know that owning and maintaining a plane ain't cheap, but when you're paying $200+/hour for a plane that's almost never available, buying starts to make a lot of sense. My problem is that I cannot find ANYTHING for sale here. If I buy something, it's almost definitely going to have to come from the states and be ferried to me here in PR. That also means that it's basically impossible for me to go look at planes pre-purchase, because doing so means taking time off work and training to take a commercial flight somewhere, for every..single..potential..purchase. Additionally, on top of work, flight training, kids school, extra curriculars, etc... my time to filter out the insane sellers is limited, as is my patience. So I guess I've got a couple of questions after that long rambling text above: 1. Does the 182 sound like a good starter plane for me? My end goal is to go IFR, commercial and possibly start up a little aviation side business here, possibly getting my CFI and CFII as well down the line. The 182 would be great for hauling small groups of people around for sight seeing, not super great as a starter trainer, but I can always pick up cheap 152s for that purpose if I go down it. 2. Does anyone happen to have or know of a nice IFR capable 182 for sale? 3. Is there someone who I can pay a little % of the sale price to, to just have them do the leg work for me and find me a plane? I could probably make the time to filter through the cruft and find something, maybe, but at the end of the day, I'm still very new to aviation and don't know exactly what I'm looking at in a lot of cases. I've flown a few different planes, so I know what I don't like, but it's hard to figure out sometimes if a plane for sale has one of those don't likes in it, because I don't know what year models came with which features.. Alright, that got a bit long, sorry. In summary, I LOVE flying (Life long dream, finally coming true), I want to buy a plane because I want one, not because I think it'll save me a ton of money, I need help finding something good, solid, and safe for my family and passengers. There are a lot of little islands around here to fly to, and I want to be able to give that experience to my guests!