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View Poll Results: When you buy a car, what age or age range do you usually buy?
New cars 49 50.52%
Used cars, less than 2 years old 12 12.37%
Used cars, 2-5 years old 23 23.71%
Used cars, more than 5 years old 8 8.25%
The cheapest things I can find 0 0%
I usually lease 1 1.03%
Other/I've never bought a car 4 4.12%
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:19 AM   #21
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I didn't vote because I don't buy based on age. I buy based on condition and how many miles it has on it.

I figure in what the cost of the milage is, based on expected life, compared to if I bought new. In the case of our Honda I bought new because the resale value was so high, new made sense. When we bought a different pickup an 8 year old rust free pickup with 65,000 miles made sense since at the 5-8K miles a year I will put on it, I may never wear it out and I paid less than 25% of new.

We usually driver our cars till they have nearly no value left, so it easy to do the math.


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Old 05-27-2008, 08:20 AM   #22
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We have done new and kept the cars until they either don't fit our needs any more or they become unreliable despite cash transfusions (generally 10+ years). Having said that, I would look at used next time. Last couple of times we needed a car, the discount for a 2 or 3 YO used car was too small to take the risk and trouble.

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