when you find it, one of the best buys is program cars
by Roger NC - 4/10/13 7:51 AM
In Reply to: Can you afford a new car? by Willy
ones that were leased for a year or two to a business, or even the dealer loaner car.
Sometimes you can get one with less than 10K miles on it and a large difference than a new one. The warrenty will still be for another year or two and many now have to 100K or 3 years, even if you're not the orginal owner.
But 0% loan programs are tempting when you hear the ads aren't they. Sometimes though the math will say you're better with a 4% loan from your bank and take the cash back, if you're only going a couple of years on the loan.
I'm thinking of watching for a used truck, 5 years old or less, but not many around here sell that new. The drawback is trucks gas milage, although some aren't so bad now. I have two cars right now, but one is getting quite old and worn. It still does pretty good, but it burns a couple of quarts of oil a year now while getting 28-29 gas mileage, it use to do 30-31.
I probably wouldn't have two cars except of course we had two before my wife died and I kept both since they were paid off. It's nice to know you're not stuck if you have to put one in the garage for a week though, other than getting home when you drop it off of course.
I could get a truck and drive the remaining car except when I actually needed the truck, but I don't want to drive my "good one" to work". Paper mills have cleaned up a lot, but when processes are upset, there is still deposits out of the stacks sometimes into the parking lots, depending on wind direction. And the lot I park in is rock and sand, and the sand really piles up in the car.
The good thing is it's only 20 miles round trip to work and back, but I've gotten use to the 30 mpg range, and you're not going to do that in a truck. I'd be happy with 20 for a truck, even with reduced load capabilities, I'm not hauling horses or a huge boat.
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