Is your car feeling old, tired, and worn out? Maybe the paint has lost its luster. Or there’s a strange noise coming from somewhere. Or the radio’s kaput. Maybe all of the above. You probably loved it once, back when everything was fresh and new. But now, each time you slide behind the wheel, it’s a bit depressing.
If so, you’re probably thinking about swapping it for something newer. That seems like the logical thing to do. Newer cars are shiny and bright, and they have all of the latest features. But newer cars also come with a host of new expenses — among them, higher depreciation and costlier insurance.
In this installment of “What It’s Like to Own,” we sit down with Edmunds vehicle data manager Stephen Lee to talk about the highs and lows of owning one of BMW’s legendary 330i ZHP sedans, which he bought new nearly twenty years ago and has been enjoying ever since.
In this installment of “What It’s Like to Own,” we sit down with veteran automotive journalist Scott Oldham to talk about the highs and lows of owning a classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS427 Baldwin-Motion replica.
No used car is perfect. They’ve all seen use and probably some abuse, been exposed to sun and wind and rain, endured muddy shoes and Starbucks spills and parking lot scapes. Call it patina. Call it normal wear and tear. Call it what you will — it’s what makes a used car “used.”
Buying a used car saves you money, but it also means picking up responsibility for all of these deficits, demerits, and scars. Some will need to be fixed immediately. Others can be left alone – sometimes for years, sometimes for good.