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Mar 1, 2013 5:25PM
The used prices on these cars is more than they were worth new.
Mar 1, 2013 3:48PM

Why the list of cars? Buying used will save a big pile of money on ANY car. No list necessary. Just find a 2 year old former lease of whatever you want, and buy it for a huge discount from new. It's a great idea, and its nothing new. Smart buyers have been doing it for decades!

Feb 25, 2013 6:02PM
I have a 2001 Pontiac Montana, I am the original owner of the van and now has little over 291000 miles & still going.  
Mar 2, 2013 7:28AM

I don't buy new cars but many of these would be likely a better deal new due to financing available on new, full warrantry over new versus modest savings (10% )at 1 year old. I buy low mileage 3-6 year old cars and at a lot more saving than that and has worked very well for me. ie 05 Crossfire in 2011, new at 62K, used at 13K with 30000 m., 03 Montana new at 41K ,3 years old with 37000 miles at 14K. Also ,Many of the cars featured above are crap according to Consumer Reports.

Mar 2, 2013 7:30AM

There are 2 kinds of Volkswagon owners. Those that buy one and realize the collosal mistake they made and never buy again and those that buy again who think it is perfectly normal for a car to be in the shop monthly over life of the car..

Mar 9, 2013 5:37PM
Really makes you think twice before even considering a "new" car . . . as for me I will keep my already used cars and use them until there isn't anything left to use. 
Mar 9, 2013 12:39PM
I was expecting more dramatic examples of high value cars that haven't changed body style much in four or five years but are greatly discounted. For example the Infiniti G Coupes that keep nibbling at the heals of the BMW 3 Series - I just bought a 2008 G37S with 23,000 miles and showroom in and out. The 2013 version differs mostly in the 7-sp A/T and a few tech updates but appears mostly the same as the 2008 and the motor is the same. A 2013 lists at $55K out-the-door where I live, but I paid $26K from a Nissan dealer for a similarly loaded car. The Jag is the only car among the featured examples that comes close to what the caption suggests, a high-value brand that is 40% less after just a few model years. The other examples are mostly within 10-15% of the new-car price. That neither produces "affordability" nor a good deal - bargain well when you shop new and you'll do about as well.
Jul 13, 2013 8:38AM

Cooper!???  Why don't you just toss your cash on a bon-fire??  These things are a bad joke.  They're specifically made for grown up Barbie's who want a fun toy to drive over to Ken's house.  Any other application is wishful thinking.....



Jul 13, 2013 4:17AM

So now "used " vehicles are $25K...

Unless the Rich Barons plan on upping the median salary in America by 25K per family the Auto industry is doomed.

Wage deflation + Auto Inflation will stuff out Auto Industry
In 2025  Avg new vehicle price will be???
Mar 9, 2013 12:45PM
In the examples given, you save $4K - $6K in cash deals.  For financed, let's assume $30K brand new versus $25K used.....this equates to saving roughly $100/month on a 5 year, 7% loan.

You're saving quite a bit buying used, but there's a high chance the car will have high mileage and getting close to their maintenance schedules.  You might get door dings, hail damage, scratches, bumper damage, etc.  You lose a few years of the manufacturers warranty.  Or you could be buying a car that was neglected and driven hard by the previous owner.  

There are a lot of factors to think about besides the price, especially when the spread isn't huge.  

Myself personally, I'd buy a brand new base model entry level 2013 Nissan Versa $15,000 out the door.  

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