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Old 03-26-2011, 02:25 PM   #41
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Carmax offered to buy the mazda for $5,500.

I drove the Accord and CR-V but I have to admit I like the Acura TSX the best, at under $30k (similar offerings from Lexus are over $35k). No question that I can afford it..... Would be nice to have the additional safety features (6 airbags vs. 2) and other comforts from the newer car.
This is a really nice car, that may cost you an additional ~$24,000. You cay you can afford it. You note the undeniable fact that will be safer and more pleasant to drive. Those side window airbags can save you from a head injury that can ruin your life. Also, in most places Acura dealer service is pleasure, not the torture that service from a low end dealer usually provides.

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:43 PM   #42
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best to buy used....

The past 6 cars I have purchased have been off autotrader.com. I target cars within a six hour drive or so. I find used cars that I want, usually certified used, between 1-3 years old. I haggle over the price via email before I even go to the dealership. I have even negotiated trade in value ahead of time as well. The deal is not made unless both sides are as advertised.

It works for us.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:17 AM   #43
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Your money.. your decision.

I tend to drive my cars a little longer than 8 years and 80k.

I shoot for 12 years min. By that time (and mileage) I typically begin having regular (and expensive) repair costs.

When I FIRE... I am liable to shoot for 20 years (if the car will) because our mileage will be lower.
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