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  •  hear! hear! on buying new. (1+ / 0-)
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    I have bought used Volvos for over 30 years, usually around 80-90k miles and 10-11 years old.  As a demographic,  someone who buys a new Volvo does the maintenance and doesn't abuse it.  Just kind of goes with the cars' personality.  Not flashy, solid and reliable.  

    A Volvo is nicely broken in by then and I usually get 200k more miles out of them, spending less than $3k to purchase.  Honest well-built cars with low BS quotient.  

    Anyway,  letting someone else burn off the depreciation of a new car is a viable option.  I've been tinkering with my cars and trucks for 45 years,  and I am delighted at how much better they are now than then. Faster, safer, less hassle, stronger.

    Just be clear that some cars are built to be "disposable" and others are built to last, and do.

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    by claude on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:30:41 PM PST

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    •  Yep (0+ / 0-)

      Luckily I fit fine in a Miata - I've gone through quite a few and am down to 2 - a classic original design ' cruiser' and a supercharged track/road car.

      These cars can be found used, with relatively low mileage, and some incredibly well maintained as they tend to be purchased not as a daily-driver but as a weekend sports car.  For many they were purchased new as a 2nd or 3rd car in the fleet. The last one I purchased has not seen a drop of rain in the past 5 years or so (and  probably won't as long as I own it).

      That's really the key to getting a good used car - knowing the history and IF the car has been well cared for and properly maintained, regardless of brand or model, you can usually do pretty good. Of course it doesn't hurt if the car is as bullet-proof as Miatas are when maintained properly. 200, 000 even + 300,000 + miles is quite reasonable without the need for a major overhaul. Probably not the best choice as an "only" car for someone who has to park it on a city street unless you get the retractable hard top version. The

      "The price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings" Adam Duritz/Counting Crows... Or if you prefer... "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof" Carl Sagan

      by zipn on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:44:52 PM PST

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