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I'm working on VickiSpouse to start buying used instead of new.

Some of this for us had to do with where we lived and attitudes when we were growing up. In our case, we spent a number of years in Central PA and people pretty much bought new and kept cars about 5 years because of fears of rust issues. We continued to tend to buy new after we moved to Colorado but it was pretty easy to keep a car at least 10 years here, particualrly since we didn't much care about the hail damage.

Now we have a mixed stable. I started buying used cars for kids - the first one because I wanted some safety features and didn't want to spend the money on new. My current car was a former loaner car that was a great deal and ended up with a longer warranty than a similar new car. The car my husband drives I bought new because we couldn't wait for the model to be available used and there were features on it we wanted.

We still plan to keep them 10 years or longer. I may trade mine before that because I'm thinking about a different kind of car. Both possibilities are readily available used so I will probably go that way.

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