Why Buy Used? More Car for Your Money

Okay, let’s say you’re in the market for a car, but you don’t really care too much about saving money. You just want to spend a certain amount on the best thing you can get. Should you still buy used?

Hell yes! Why? Because buying used instead of new gets you WAY more car for your money.

For example, if you have $15,000 to work with, there actually are some decent new car options out there. One is the 2016 Ford Fiesta, recently named by KBB.com as one of the coolest new cars available for under $18,000.

2016 Ford Fiesta

Not bad. But if you go for a used car instead, that same money gets you behind the wheel of something much more interesting.

Here are just a few of many compelling examples I found with a cursory Autotrader search, all under $15,000:

2010 VW GTI with 36k miles
2010 VW GTI with 36k miles
2012 BMW 128i with 25k miles
2012 BMW 128i with 25k miles
2006 Ford Mustang GT with 39k miles
2006 Ford Mustang GT with 39k miles
1989 Maserati Spyder with 40k miles
1989 Maserati Spyder with 40k miles

And if you were seriously shopping, I’m sure we could enlist our community to find you something even better.

Sure, a new Fiesta with its outstanding fuel economy would certainly save you some cash at the gas pump; plus, it has a warranty.

But over five years, new car depreciation is going to cost you approximately $9000 (!) with the Fiesta vs. $3000 or less with any of the used car choices.

That’s at least six grand in your favor — which buys you plenty of gas or time at the repair shop, if needed. Assuming you aren’t a traveling salesperson and have access to an honest mechanic (or some basic DIY skills), you’re going to come out ahead by going used.

Unless you spring for the Maserati, that is. Then all bets are off.

But you’ll be driving a Maserati, so who cares?


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