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I do want a different vehicle eventually but certainly will NEVER buy new.

Never say never. You don't know what the market will do in the future.

I'm currently driving a 2007 Hyundai Accent with a manual transmission that I bought new in November 2007. I went shopping for used, and found in late 2007 the discount on small, fuel efficient used cars wasn't enough to justify getting used instead of new. For a used Civic with 50,000 miles I would have had to pay as much as I paid for a new Accent. And it was hard to find small used cars with a manual transmission. At that time, the manual transmission was a must-have feature.

My thinking when I bought the car was that I should be able to make it last 10 years, then I could buy another car. It's still doing great 7 years later. Now I'm thinking I might just keep funding the car replacement budget category and driving my existing car until the maintenance starts to be annoying enough that it's worth writing a check* for a new-to-me car. Whenever that happens, I'll look at what's available and decide whether used or new is a better value for my needs then.

Patzer
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