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new versus old versus leased

i have seen several people cave when it comes to automobiles. for some reason automobiles give a lot of pleasure, i am the same way i love a good vehicle, but good for me is not new. i own a 1994 ford explorer that is perfect, and so i was curious as to any studies that may have been done on the financial benefits of owning an older car. This first study is about owning a car that is fairly new and gives an argument for keeping it rather than buying the latest thing on the market:

We asked Vincentric, an automotive-research firm, to compare the cost of several new vehicles with their five-year-old counterparts. We assumed that the used vehicles were paid off and the new vehicles were paid for with a five-year, 6.6% loan and 15% down. Based on total ownership costs over five years — including insurance, fuel, repairs and depreciation — the results are firmly in favor of hanging on to your old car.

For example, a new Chevrolet Malibu will cost $33,064 over five years, or $7,343 more than the $25,721 it would cost you to maintain a 2004 model that’s paid off. Likewise, a new Honda CR-V has a five-year ownership cost of $33,520, versus $24,597 for the five-year-old model. That’s a savings of $8,923 if you keep the old vehicle.

By Jessica L. Anderson, Associate Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

June 2009


here is a graphical view provided by an Edmund’s study of new v.s. leased v.s. used:

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  1. Mr. Graham
    February 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

    It is the old adage of taking care of what you got. I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota, before that a 94 escort, and 86 Ford pick up truck – none which had power door locks or windows – something i am firmly against. When did we become so lazy that we can not open the door for our companions. I believe chivalry is not dead but it is lost in the beeping of our door locks from half a block away and smooth grind of our windows going up and down – men open the door for the lady’s they will love it they probably have never had it done for them. It could be like reinventing something of old – it will probably help you get laid more often. I was raised old school and we open doors for women – check “The Bronx Tale” it may even let you know if the woman shares feeling for you in return…

  2. February 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

    A friend of mine had one of the most recently ready models and you could distinguish right away that it was something special. the interior, while tight, was very luxurious and of upper caliber. There was more soft materials and leather padding in the Scirocco than the Passat.

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  1. April 1, 2010 at 6:26 am

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