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View Poll Results: It is better to buy NEW cars or USED cars?
NEW is my preference 20 25.00%
USED is my preference 31 38.75%
EITHER one, depends on variable factors / situation 28 35.00%
I don't drive 1 1.25%
Voters: 80. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 08-20-2011, 12:51 AM
 
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So..........erm.........25k for a used van.........what kind of used van??? MSRP is just a scam to make things look cheap when they start throwing in all of those "special deal" and "special circumstances.

Honda Odyssey. So yes, it is possible.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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And I'm sorry you have gotten to the point of thinking about eating food vs making an actual investment. Sounds like a horrible existence.

Nice ATTEMPT to try to make it sound like I think about the cost of a cup of rice vs investing.

TO THE CONTRARY:

I feel sorry for you, for not BEING AWARE of your choices in giving up your capital/buying power.

I don't really criticise people for their spending choices SO LONG AS THEY ARE AWARE of the opportunities they give up by their fiscal choices.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Midland/Dallas
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I just cant justify the dealer markups on a brand new car vs a certified preowned car with under 30k miles and the same exact warranty for about 10-15k less than what it cost out the door.
New vehicles is a rich man/woman's game in my opinion.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I voted for new. While the cost/benefit may (usually, but the current market has some oddly high prices for a few late model units I checked) favor a used unit, I like to trade mine in every 3 years or so.

I just like newer vehicles every few years. Cost effective, no, but I look at the expense as part of my fun money expenditures. To each their own.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:29 PM
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Location: Meth capital of the world.
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Honda Odyssey. So yes, it is possible.

That thing is not even a real van is it, looks more like a car. I could have gotten a nice, used Astro for a lot better price.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:33 PM
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New vehicles is a rich man/woman's game in my opinion.
I agree so much, they just want too much for a new vehicle.

I bought a new ford ranger about 11 years ago, bare bones, great little truck......8K. In todays day and age I cannot see myself shelling out what they want UNLESS it is on a very good deal for an entry level vehicle.

25K and UP for a new car..............no way.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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That thing is not even a real van is it, looks more like a car. I could have gotten a nice, used Astro for a lot better price.
You can say its not a van all you want they are both classified as mini-vans.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:38 PM
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Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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If I'm not buying a winter beater for $1000 or less I perfer to buy new. The reason for it is quite simple really. I don't usually have the cash to pay for the car so I have to finance it. For many years now you can get manufactures financing for as little as 0% or 1%. So it all boils down to what the monthly payment will be. Usually the payment on a 2 year old car is actually higher than a new one so why would I get the used one. I used to Lease cars with nothing down for the least amount possible. I'd take 12,000km a year if they had that available. I didn't care how many Km I put on the car because I had no intention of returning it when the lease was up. At the end of the lease I would either buy it using the dealer finacing and keep the car because I liked it or buy it and then sell it private for usually at least what I owed on the car. The advantage to me was I could write off my income the entire cost of the lease but if you buy the car you can only write off the depreciation.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:37 PM
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Location: Meth capital of the world.
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So you like crappy cars. That doesn't mean the rest of us do.

Nope, the car I bought for 1500 bucks was great transportation and got 50 MPG.

Blow money on shiny bling all you like.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: suburbs of NYC
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I thought that I was getting a good deal when I bought my Certified Used Car four years ago. Of course, with 28K miles on the odometer when I bought it, the price was several thousand less than the original MSRP of over $24,000 (2006). I did get the same powertrain warranty as a new model, and the bumper to bumper warranty was extended a bit also. But, this has been by far the most troublesome car I've owned. Perhaps if I had bought a different brand, I would have had better luck with it.

My Dad never bought a used car in his life. I always remember him saying that when you buy a used car, you're just buying somebody else's problems. It sure seems that way with the car I've got now.
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