Would you prefer a new or used vehicle?

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  1. ACEJames profile image60
    ACEJamesposted 13 years ago

    It depends on what fits into my budget.

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      1. couturepopcafe profile image59
        couturepopcafeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        New, and on someone else's dime.  In fact, I'm tired of driving when I have to.  It's like cooking.  I like to cook but not just to eat.  I like to cook for the enjoyment of cooking and creating but don't like cleaning.  A personal chef would be nice.  In the same vein, a chaffeur would be nice to drive me around the city, worry about the vehicle and maintain it.  For my personal driving, he can keep the Carrera and the Rubicon in shape.

        Ok, really.  Used.

        1. qwark profile image60
          qwarkposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          hahaha...well said!
          I've never been dumb enuf to buy a new car.
          To much $ is lost once it passes through the dealers door and onto the street.
          I've had great luck with used cars.
          Care has to be taken in the choice.

    2. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      One day, about ten years ago, I was doing my accounts and got fixed on the cost of driving.
      I realised that my ten year old banger was costing me about £20 per week, just to own, before I even dove it.
      From then on I used buses and taxis. An old boy I knew would drive me round to make deliveries and pick-ups for petrol and drinks in the evening. Holidays and long distance stuff and I'd hire whatever was most suitable for the occasion.
      Having lunch one day with two other self-employed and our mutual accountant and the conversation turned to my stupidity in not owning a car. The accountant sat through about five minutes of this and then quietly announced that we should remember that he knew all our finances and while he could not and would not reveal any details he could say that he knew which one of the three was spending the least on transport and was definitely not stupid.

    3. warchild75 profile image66
      warchild75posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      used,whats the point of driving a new vehicle of the forecourt and losing thousands of pounds instantly as the value depreciates!!

    4. mikenielsen profile image59
      mikenielsenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Its totally depends on your budget....
      And as personally i always prefer new.

    5. profile image49
      DreamCarposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on the budget and the type of the car.
      But if used are in good condition then it is good to buy them.

  2. kerryg profile image84
    kerrygposted 13 years ago

    We always buy used, or even salvage. I don't see the point in shelling out twenty or thirty thousand for a vehicle whose value starts dropping as soon as you drive it off the lot. My husband got his first car, a Toyota Celica, off a friend for $1000 bucks. After he upgraded (to a $2000 Honda Civic), it passed to his brother and then his brother-in-law. It finally got sold a few years ago for $500 after almost ten years of hand-me-down existence. Much better value than $10,000 for a new one!

  3. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    oh definitely yes for used - only used.  I would like new someday, but get real, that ain't ever gonna happen!  So I just bought a used Buick Century - a fine old lady car with all the traditional stuff and looks like it belongs in the retirement village.  I laugh every time I get in it, feeling like such a faker - drive slow just to piss off the country big wheel trucks and SUV's around here that think they own the road!  Ha!  reminds me of "Sunday Driver" that wonderful W.C. Fields movie.  Seriously - gotta be a used one!

    1. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Amen Mega!   :-)

  4. SoCurious profile image60
    SoCuriousposted 13 years ago

    Would prefer a new one.  More specifically, a new Bugatti.  Silver gray.  Anyone buying?

  5. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 13 years ago

    New, new, new... always new!

  6. rotl profile image60
    rotlposted 13 years ago

    New, if you can afford it... new car smell, warranty.

    Used if you can't... already depreciated, cheaper.

    I would prefer new, definitely.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image59
      couturepopcafeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, yeah, love the new car smell.  Is it the chemicals disguised as something we want to remember like a new doll?  Just kidding.  Really, new car smell -gooood.

  7. profile image0
    sord87posted 13 years ago

    For the time being i prefer a new one-less repair and new model too and also now we had a new model just arrive in our automotive market!Take a look at this!

    http://carguideblog.com/wp-content/uploads/Proton-Inspira-1.jpg produces:

  8. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    It may not be the wisest preference money-wise (depreciation-wise), but there's nothing like a brand-new car with a good warranty.

  9. CYBERSUPE profile image59
    CYBERSUPEposted 13 years ago

    I prefer a New but can only afford a Used.

  10. Shadesbreath profile image77
    Shadesbreathposted 13 years ago

    New.  Nobody else's cooties or bad karma in it.

  11. LoganG profile image86
    LoganGposted 13 years ago

    I debated just this question last spring when I needed to buy a car. I went into it thinking used was absolutely the way to go. But in the end I went new.

    Used cars are nice in theory since they are much cheaper, have already had their most significant depreciation, yadda yadda... And in the past, used cars would have been the way to go.

    But these days, I have found that a new car provides soooo much more value due to warranties, special rebates, zero percent interest, better selection, knowing the exact history of the vehicle, real prices (after inflation) going down, lasting longer, slower depreciation, increased fuel efficiency, etc. Of course they're more expensive now, but you'll save in the long run. Plus if you don't want to shop for another vehicle in the near future, consider going new now.

  12. profile image49
    tilliegabelposted 13 years ago

    A used car for me, but I have a mechanic buddy who really comes in handy at these times. If you don’t have a mechanic buddy, buy a new car as there are high chances you’ll be spending big bucks on repairs a few years down the line. If car maintenance is not an issue, used vehicle is great value for money any day!

  13. Tusitala Tom profile image67
    Tusitala Tomposted 13 years ago

    What a strange question...  Would I prefer to own a new or used car.   

    Well, if it were a choice between a brand new GMH, or Ford vehicle and a used -but only one year old - Masurati, Top of the range BMW or Mercedes, or maybe a Ferrari, wadja think I'd choose?  We're talking the $100,000 plus car here.  I'd prefer  to own the more expensive car, of course.

    Then I'd sell it.  Then buy myself that brand new GMH or Ford -pocket the $70.000 or so that was left over.   

    Now, what would YOU do?

  14. profile image0
    Toby Hansenposted 13 years ago

    I have never owned a new car in my life. Two months ago I bought the newest vehicle I have had, a '96 Toyota Camry. My parents never bought a car brand new from the dealership either, so second hand was always good enough for me.
    However, if Prime Mistress Joolya keeps her election promise,then I may have start thinking about a brand spanker to get my $2000AUD rebate from the Govt for taking a car older than 10 years off the road.

  15. profile image0
    Helpful Hannaposted 13 years ago

    Used.  You can get a lot more car for your money and you won't be out thousands of dollars just for driving it off the lot.  Do your research and find an honest seller.

  16. Rafini profile image83
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    Used - who wants to pay all that money on a new car when they're only going to replace it eventually?

  17. profile image0
    WildIrisposted 13 years ago

    A new car for me. I've owned used cars with many miles and bought them just in time for some kind of costly, major maintenance headache. The extra price for a new car is worth the miles of "free" driving. When it does come time for those costly repairs, at least I know how well the car was maintained up to that point.

  18. timcameron1 profile image57
    timcameron1posted 13 years ago

    I go to a local action and buy 2 year old repo. vehicles. You save a ton of money, however, there are some risks.

  19. frogdropping profile image78
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    Used. My current one is ten year old - though they're usually two or three. I have no complaints about it. It's a Ford Frog, specially designed by a lover of amphibians (hence the crouching frog shape) and boy does it rock.

    Today I collected my stove in it. Yesterday rounded up the fridge and any day now it's gonna be helping me retrieve the washing machine. The week before it helped with a house move.

    Usually I just move the dog around in it, and a couple of my people, so I'm pretty happy with this additional unlooked-for capability.

    My car is a HGV in disguise.

    OMIGOD. I have an Autobot lol

  20. Beege215e profile image59
    Beege215eposted 13 years ago

    I bought my first new car five years ago and have done my best to maintain it. New tires and brakes last year. regular oil changes. it has about 40,000 miles, about 8 a year. In clean shape, one little dink in the front bumper. I am thinking about selling it, I still owe money on it for another 18 months and I need the money now, so if I sell and buy used with the cash from the sale, I won't have a car payment. Good thing, and lower insurance costs too. But you are right, have to be careful or I wind up with repair bills if I buy the wrong one.

  21. wefindyourcar profile image61
    wefindyourcarposted 13 years ago

    Used, with our high Canadian dollar best deals are in the US and import them here.

  22. eddiecarrara profile image94
    eddiecarraraposted 13 years ago

    New all the way, I'm a Honda service technician, and the last thing I want to do is work on my own car after work. I know it sounds silly, but I lease my 2011 Pilot, the insurance is low, and the fuel economy is good. The best part is I don't have to fix anything, just change the oil and rotate the tires. I drove used cars all my life, but at some point you deserve to drive something new.... only if you can afford it. I know a lot of people who say they can't afford to buy a new car. It all comes down to priorities, if you really want a new car, you can always find a way. BTW, the interest an some new car loans is 1% or less VS. 6-8% on a used car loan, food for thought.

  23. Mighty Mom profile image78
    Mighty Momposted 13 years ago

    Used. You get a heck of a lot more car for the money.

  24. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 13 years ago

    I have had 3 cars, and I purchased all of them used. But, for me the key is making sure that they don't have a lot of mileage on them, and also making sure that I take it to a mechanic that has no connection to the place where I am buying it.

    My first car was a chevette. (only $1900.00) It lasted a good 2 years before I decide to buy a newer car. My next car was a Dodge Shadow. It was only a year old, with only 20,000 miles on it, and I drove that car for 14 years and put 189,000 miles on it before it started falling apart. Repairs out the butt! Yuk!

    My current car is a 2002 Chevy Cavalier sport. I thought I was paying $7,000 for it, but with all the taxes, fees, and interest, it was over $11,000.00. But, I love it! everything still works, and the car runs great. Might have a problem with the brakes, but the car is paid for. Been putting a lot of mileage on it lately driving my brother back and forth to VA in Ann Arbor. Not fun.

    But, I almost purchased a brand new car. Glad I saved my money.

  25. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    depends on the money you have, if you are willing to save for a nice fat downpayment and pay monthly for a brand new one I think it is better. Cars should be maintained properly to avoid drastic depreciation.

  26. jobister profile image59
    jobisterposted 13 years ago

    I bought a new car once and once I was done paying it off I told myself, "NEVER AGAIN". Interest rates & car insurance are higher. In the end its just a car that takes you from point A to point B. It should be more about durability of the car/truck than luxury and style. After all I guess its true to vehicles as well, looks will only take you so far.

  27. Lilly Patalilly profile image60
    Lilly Patalillyposted 4 years ago

    A new car, if you can afford it, is always better than a user one.


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