That's EXACTLY the reasoning VickiSpouse uses! Except that it doesn't save on maintenance costs because the dealers charge at least double what my after-market mechanic does. And the dealers often aren't very goodWell, I've got a good dealer who is more expensive, usually. I've got two newer cars so here's the maintenance, mostly from the dealer, before 30k and for the next 30k (it may not be representative, but it's what I have):2003 Honda below 30k: $133.30k to 60k: $2,2102004 Honda below 30k: $100.30k to 60k: 2,544.It may not be totally representative, but it does eat into the savings from depreciation.In any case, that VickiSpouse is one lucky driver.Hockeypop ... DW's father gave only one piece of advice almost 30 years ago -- "NEVER assume that she'll check the oil." For 30 years he's been right.