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HAPPYCPA1965 SparkPoints: (338,526)
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5/7/13 10:49 A

We bought one new car but all our other cars for myself and the kids are all used.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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5/7/13 10:44 A

We have bought a couple new but the current two were bought slightly used at Carmax.

GOLDEELOCKS SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/13 10:38 A

No always slightly used

GERARLAUR Posts: 341
5/7/13 10:31 A

Yes, seven times

DUBLINROSE Posts: 2,757
5/7/13 10:24 A

the "newest" car I bought was a year old, brand new cars aren't worth the money, you lose money the minute you drive it home.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
5/7/13 10:22 A

The newest car I ever bought was a demo with over 3,000 miles on it. I don't ever intend to buy a brand new car; too much depreciation!

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
5/7/13 10:21 A

Jgirl- lol love the flintstone car story lol...

8MORE2GO1 Posts: 1,839
5/7/13 10:12 A

Yes just bought a new Cadillac.

DLDROST Posts: 8,082
5/7/13 10:10 A's about 8 months old now

5/7/13 9:56 A


JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
5/7/13 9:56 A

If you are talking like new new, right off the lot and no previous owners, then no never, too expensive and We can't afford the insurance nor the tags every year,

However we did just buy a 2007 Kia Sorento and I LOVE IT

This only had 40k miles on it and we got a really good deal on it, and only one owner.

Usually, my ex have brought junkers for $100-200 dollars and my favorite junker was a subaru and it was literally a Flintstones car... just like a water ride in the rain because we had holes to where we could see the ground as you rode in it.. had to cover up in garbage bags, but it was my best running car. LOL I have owned my ford explorer now for 7years and I was also the second owner on that.
It is going on 195,000 miles now.

I agree as well as far as having our kids buy a new car straight out, I am trying to have my son do the same thing. I think for him to start off with a newer car and pay that off he will be financially better and more stable.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
5/7/13 9:55 A

Just once, right after college. Since only used.

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
5/7/13 9:43 A

yes but it really ain't worth it. Having said that, I told our daughter, who is considering it, that everyone should buy a brand new one once in their life if they can. She is in a real good place financially right now and now would be a good time for her to do this. Once married and children come - well - life happens and this opportunity might not happen again for a long long time

AMARANTHA120S Posts: 474
5/7/13 9:43 A

Yes, I am not a fan of used cars as I think they cost more in the long run.

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (155,198)
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5/7/13 9:41 A


I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
5/7/13 9:39 A

I say no to used car lots, they fix any piece of garbage to look nice. The one car I bought from a car lot was the worst car we had. I always buy from a private party. I look at them very well, look at how their house is, look at yards, makes sure they are clean, and the type to keep up on things. I never buy from they young. I always bought from middle age people that seem to be really responsible. I make sure I ask if receipts have been filed showing the car has been taken care of properly etc. My experiences have been great. We do not take our car to shops other then for tires, and miner repairs my husband does. We hadn't had any big repairs needed as we sell car before on last leg, and we have just been lucky that nothing major has happened inbetween. We are like the middle man of the cars, we have them between new and old.

EMMACORY Posts: 21,131
5/7/13 9:24 A


5/7/13 9:13 A


SBURDEN Posts: 10,791
5/7/13 9:08 A

Yes we bought our last car brand new. First time ever. We did some research and for this particular type of car it was a better deal to buy new than old, because it holds its value. However, we had to save for quite some time to ensure our payments wouldn't bee so high, given it was new.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,239
5/7/13 8:33 A

3/4 times. Our first was a 1965 Mustang. Beautiful car-had it for a long time and finally sold it.
This last year we bought a new Toyota Prius.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
5/7/13 8:24 A

I've bought new once, and overall it was a really good experience....we got a good price by waiting until the end of the model year and using a family's member's "green sheet" price. Chrysler was giving a really good warranty at the time, so we got several rather expensive repairs done for only the $50 deductible before the warranty ran out, including the transmission---good that it was covered, but it really shouldn't have conked out that soon. I had planned on keeping it much longer than I did, but it developed a major engine problem that was common with my make and model, so we traded it in on a truck for the hubby, and I got a used one for cash. It's only been a year and it's already been in the shop twice. I hope this isn't a trend, because we can only have one car payment at a time.

I think used cars are getting ridiculously expensive, at least around here. You can't get anything decent for less than $8,000 or $9,000, and some of them are even over blue book value...what's up with that?

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,793)
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5/7/13 8:17 A

Yes when I was single I bought a knew Chevy Chevette, I hated it the day I bought it, the reason I bought it was so cheap & the color was a burnt autumn color, the color is pretty on leaves,but not a car!!!!! Then many many years later I married & my husband bought me a knew Thunderbird for Christmas it was a beautiful Navy color.Then we bought 2 knew Toyota's since.

ELMA1913 Posts: 5,051
5/7/13 8:00 A


TRYINGTOLOSE64 Posts: 93,051
5/7/13 7:02 A

yes, 20 years ago

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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5/7/13 7:01 A

I believe most people get more for their money by buying used cars, but I have bought three new ones in my life (I'm 54). The first one was a Dodge Omni, with my ex-husband. I drove it for a very long time, and kept that car after we divorced. I hit a deer with it and that was the main thing that ruined the car.

I bought a new Saturn in 1998 for about $13,000 (saved up and paid cash, no payments). After about 8 years, I gave it to one of my daughters and bought a 2004 Saturn, again for about $13,000 but this new one had more for the money than the previous one (automatic windows, door locks, and cruise control). It also had a bit more power and still gets great gas mileage. I love my little car, and I have two car seats in the back for my grandkids and they fit just fine! It has about 104,000 miles on it and I'm still driving it with no plan to change for a long time. If and when I buy another car, it will probably be new but unfortunately, they don't make Saturns any more. :(

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,913
5/7/13 6:26 A

yes New Nissan

STEVENCANDERSEN SparkPoints: (23,973)
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5/7/13 12:49 A

I usually buy new. I consider them more reliable. I don't want to mess with having to take the car to a mechanic.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (564,750)
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5/6/13 10:41 P

Yes, I just bought a new pathfinder.

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,503
5/6/13 10:03 P


SUITABLE Posts: 5,959
5/6/13 9:56 P

Yes a Vega

NSPIXIE SparkPoints: (44,966)
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5/6/13 9:19 P

I usually buy a one year old car, but this time around I got a new for not much more than the 1 year olds.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (317,716)
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5/6/13 9:14 P

twice. The first lasted 5 years, then it seemed to start self-destructing! The one I have now I bought new. It is now 16 years old. In great shape with no major problems, just routine maintenance. it's a Honda. If I ever part with this one, I will buy another Honda. emoticon

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
5/6/13 8:26 P

Yes!! Actually, I did a front-end lease...paid for it all at once and it's mine for at least 3 years!!

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
5/6/13 7:29 P

Yes, about 15 years ago, and I paid cash for it!!

KMMAKI SparkPoints: (91,837)
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5/6/13 7:03 P

I have bought a few new cars and my husband had a few new trucks. I currently drive a car that I bought used and it is starting to give me problems already. It does not even have 100,000 miles on it yet.
I prefer to buy new because I know that the car has not been abused

CATIEBELLE Posts: 7,743
5/6/13 6:57 P

I have bought a few but the ones I bought used lasted longer

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (545,402)
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5/6/13 6:40 P

I have bought new vehicles a few times. I think new and used have their advantages and disadvantages. I currently drive an SUV I bought that was 2 years old. It has been pretty good. I bought it to replace a larger SUV that I bought new that I drove for 9 years. My husband now uses that as a second vehicle.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (264,735)
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5/6/13 6:38 P

No - it's not worth the lost value the moment you drive it off the lot!

CHERYLHURT Posts: 58,970
5/6/13 6:19 P

Yes. We bought used cars when we were young and sold our old cars ourselves. When we hit about 40 we bought only new cars and traded our old cars in on them. We buy a new car about every 10 years and pay for them in a year or less, but we buy inexpensive new cars like Toyotas and Scions.

RONIGH Posts: 631
5/6/13 3:41 P

Yes, my past 4 cars have all been new.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (565,815)
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5/6/13 3:40 P


MARTYJOE Posts: 428
5/6/13 2:59 P

I work in the auto industry but still love the smell of a new car.

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/6/13 2:58 P


LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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5/6/13 2:21 P

I would have bought my car used until I realized that for about $1500 more, I could have a brand-spanking new car with a full warranty, in the color I wanted. In my area at least, used car prices are really inflated because people can't get loans for new cars because of bad credit. If you have good credit and stay in your budget, its a buyer's market :D

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
5/6/13 1:58 P

I should have mentioned I only buy used cars with proof they have been serviced regularly. I noticed many people never attend on keeping their cars after so many years or miles have past, so they are smart and keep all their service receipts and have that to show when they sell the car. My last car we had for 8 years and still was running like a champ, but it would not pass smog as the new laws required that car to have something added to it that would cost anywhere from 1000 to 1500 to have installed. We payed $3000 for it and got 8 years out of it . We sold it to some place like cash for clunkers but was it was called something else, and we got a 1000 for it, it's a program they had going for cars that would not pass smog. We are very choosy and smart in our used car shopping endeavors.

BCOLLIN4 Posts: 337
5/6/13 1:56 P

I've never had a brand new car. I'd rather own my car and not have to worry about payments.

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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5/6/13 1:55 P

I only own jeeps and all have been new.

ATHENA-NADINE SparkPoints: (20,812)
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5/6/13 1:43 P

I bought used cars for a long time. I got my first new car--a Jeep Grand Cherokee--in 2006. It was a lease. I turned it in early because the back seat wasn't big enough for my kids' car seats and got my second new car--a Chrysler Town & Country--in 2008. It was also a lease, but we bought it when the lease was up. I'm probably getting rid of it this fall or next spring. When I do, I will probably get another new car.

Edited by: ATHENA-NADINE at: 5/6/2013 (13:44)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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5/6/13 1:41 P

I've only had a brand new car once, and I leased it. I was young and stupid, I would never lease a car again. My current car was purchased used at the Honda dealer, so it was certified and they were great to work with. It only had 16,000 miles on it, so it was nearly new and still had the warranty on it. It's at close to 60,000 miles now (in just over 2 years, eek!) and I still love it. But, I will probably be trading it in soon now that I live in an area that gets snow, I need AWD, this winter has been brutal. Also it's a 2 door so we fill it up pretty good when we go on road trips between the two of us, all our stuff, and the dog. SO drives a big truck so my car is better for gas on long trips. Since he also travels during the week and I have such a long commute, I need a car that is reliable and won't break down on me... so once the miles start getting up there it's time for a new one.

It is by far my largest expense, but I also commute 2 hours a day. So, since I spend that much time in it, I want it to be nice. Haven't decided if the next one will be brand new or used (but still close to new). I don't like buying cars with more than 30,000 miles on them because you don't know how the previous owner took care of them.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 5/6/2013 (13:43)
I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
5/6/13 1:35 P

I nor hubby ever bought a new car and we probably will never buy a new car. We buy nice used cars from people in our community. When we are ready for a car we start searching craigs list or just drive around looking at parked cars with for sale signs. We keep the cars for about 5-8 years and then sell them before they take a dump on us. We never put a lot of money in a car either, just the basic upkeep and my husband does most of that, if something big starts to show a problem then we go car shopping. We did buy a used car from a dealership once and we will not do that ever again, it was the worst car we ever had. We have had only great experiences other then the car bought at a car lot. We choose this method verses buying new with car payments. We pay cash for our cars and only PLPD in car insurance we save a bundle.

Edited by: I_HEART_MY_FAM at: 5/6/2013 (13:36)
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