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Old 06-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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the best deal is to buy a rental car, low miles and still under warranty....
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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It depends on what vehicle and how long you plan on keeping it.

If you go through vehicles like underwear, buying new is the worst investment you can make. If you buy one and keep it forever, new is the way to go.

At least in my area, cars and vans depreciate way more than trucks as a general rule.

I bought a new Cummins diesel truck with a 7 year warranty and plan on keeping it for a minimum of 10 years. Probably more like 20, but who knows.

Buying used, you never know what the previous owner did or didn't do as far as maintenance. New, you know exactly what has been done.

I also bought a 4runner new in 2006 and still have it with 89,xxx miles. It has been paid for for 3 years and still is in like new condition with well over half its life still left. It was a good deal for me, but doesn't work for all.

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Old 06-07-2013, 12:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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the best deal is to buy a rental car, low miles and still under warranty....
Really? A rental car? Do you know how many people just beat on and trash those cars, since they know it's not theirs?
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I always buy late model used with low miles.

My current Tahoe is an '04 that I bought in '10. I just kind of happened into it not really looking at the time. I was driving an '01 Tahoe with 180k on it and I had actually stopped in to look at a 4 door Nissan Frontier with a 6 speed. I saw the Tahoe in the back and it was sharp. Fully loaded and only 33k miles on it. I made them an offer and they laughed. I told them to call me when they were willing to make the deal. The called a couple of times to make counteroffers, etc. but I stuck with my number. Finally after a week they called me back and told me to come do the paperwork. I paid roughly 1/3 of the original retail price for a vehicle that looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor and only had 33k miles on it.

Those are the types of vehicles I buy. I'm never really "in the market" for a vehicle. Once I'm over 150k, I just start keeping an eye out, go ahead and get preapproved through a credit union for a low rate, and then when I find the right deal I jump on it.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #15 (permalink)
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@ OP - have you thought about leasing? Albeit, some folks have a huge bias against leasing but if you want a new car and don't mind being in a couple years worth of contract, its not a bad idea.

I just rolled into a 2013 Subarau Impreza Sport lease. Sticker price was ~$21k. I got a good deal on it and managed to talk the dealer down quite a bit. Pretty low monthly payments. After that, I plan on buying the lease out (the residual on it will be ~$13k).
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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this thread is pretty old.... but
i like cars that are 04-05 and older mainly because i can still do alot of work on them myself with the help of my obdII scanner, any newer than that you look under the hood and dont even see an engine just a bunch of plastic panels so you pretty much have to take them to a dealer/or repair shop and that is big $$$
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sweet zombie thread....

I buy new when it's the right deal. These days with rebates and dealer incentives, you can usually buy new for the same or close to new. I got a 2009 1ton dodge new in 2009 right when the 2010 trucks hit the lot. Paid 32k for it which was about 20k off the sticker price. I have around 90k miles on it now which is mostly recreational use for road trips around the US and CN..

If it's a sweet unreal deal on a used then I'll take it too. I got a 2 year old escalade a while back(2007ish) for $16k. Drove it for two years and traded I for a new loaded Tahoe.... I got more for the trade than I paid.

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It depends on what vehicle and how long you plan on keeping it.

If you go through vehicles like underwear, buying new is the worst investment you can make. If you buy one and keep it forever, new is the way to go.

At least in my area, cars and vans depreciate way more than trucks as a general rule.

I bought a new Cummins diesel truck with a 7 year warranty and plan on keeping it for a minimum of 10 years. Probably more like 20, but who knows.

Buying used, you never know what the previous owner did or didn't do as far as maintenance. New, you know exactly what has been done.

I also bought a 4runner new in 2006 and still have it with 89,xxx miles. It has been paid for for 3 years and still is in like new condition with well over half its life still left. It was a good deal for me, but doesn't work for all.

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who the fuck is wayne parnell is the question!
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who the fuck is wayne parnell is the question!
My question isn't who he is, but why he resurrected this ancient thread?
WTF??
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My question isn't who he is, but why he resurrected this ancient thread?
WTF??
Likely so he could post those links.
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