Transportation should be the first imortant investment establish before getting a house.
You need a reliable car to be able to make it to work so you can pay your mortgage. You also need a reliable car for most high income jobs.
with out car - no good paying job
with out car - cant pay bills and then next you know your in foreclosure.
I decided to invest in a second car over getting a house. Why ? My wife and I commute to work together to "save on gas"
If one vehicle breaks down we have another to fall on until the other is prepared.