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    Survey: Are you putting off buying a new car?

    There's no question more people are buying used cars right now - and sales of new cars are much lower than they were three years ago (fewer new cars are being built).

    Have any of you decided to put off a new car purchase because of financial concerns? Or decided to buy a used car instead?

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    The day I hit the lottery and have money to waste will be the day I buy a new car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    The day I hit the lottery and have money to waste will be the day I buy a new car.
    Same.

    I doubt I will ever buy a new car.

    The one exception to this rule I make is for sport bikes. I want to be the first guy who abuses it, not the guy who inherits a bike abused by someone else!

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    I bought my first-ever brand new car in July. Simple economics - I was sick of the niggling faults my POS Alfa Romeo was continually suffering from & I had the cash to replace it.

    I never thought I'd ever buy new, but looking at 2-year-old cars of the same size of the old one I found most of them to be terminally dull & boring & the odd couple that I would have considered were almost impossible to find with the right spec. Thanks in part to the way cars have grown over the last few years I found that I could go down a size without losing much in terms of space - that brought new cars within my budget.

    The most difficult part of buying a new car? Choosing the colour! That was made worse by the fact that the car we bought, a Citroen DS3, is available in 38 different colour combinations!

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    One nice thing about buying a new car is that I can be sure the car will be maintained properly from the start.

    If there was a way I could know that the used car I was buying is not someone's "problem", then I would feel better about buying a used car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    One nice thing about buying a new car is that I can be sure the car will be maintained properly from the start.

    If there was a way I could know that the used car I was buying is not someone's "problem", then I would feel better about buying a used car.
    That's true - and you can never be 100 percent certain about previous care/maintenance (unless you know the owner very well).

    Still, you can find "good bets" - used cars that have probably not been abused and received regular maintenance - and this will save you a fortune, both in terms of up-front costs as well as the other stuff that many people forget to take into account, such as taxes and insurance.

    Another thing in favor of buying a late-model used car is that today's cars are so much better built to start with that even with 50,000 miles on them, they'll still look and drive like new - and will last for another 100,000 miles if you take decent care of them.

    Many people still assume cars are getting tired by 70,000 miles and that they need to trade-in every six years or so (which was true in the '60s and '70s and even the '80s) but that's not the case today at all.

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