The only reason I want to get a newer vehicle, is that I like to take 4 or
5 thousand km road trips every 2 years or so (Vancouver to Grand Canyon or
Vancouver to New York and return) and Im
a little worried about taking a high mileage vehicle on such a trip.
Otherwise I just use it for normal shopping and short trips.
I like a wagon because I can haul a lot. Even bring home 8 foor 2x4 s
inside the vehicle.
As Vinny says I want to spend about what a focus is worth Maybe between 6
and 10 thousand (maybe more) depending on mileage and condition. Last one I
According the Kelly Blue Book, the old car is worth around $3500 to
$4000 depending on condition. That's for a 2003 with 120,000 mi on it in
the NYC area. It may be worth more depending on options and conditions
and where you live.
Depending on how long the trips last (in terms of time - 2 weeks?), you
might be better off renting a car for the 2 weeks or whatever, and just
continue using your old car for the rest. That will also save a lot of
wear and tear on the old car.
You should be able to get a pretty reliable vehicle, like a Jeep or
Dodge wagon or SUV, Saab, Volvo or Subaru Outback that meets your needs.
You might also consider a minivan.
You might also consider a Ford 500, Freestyle or Ford Focus. I have a
2008 Ford Focus and am very happy with it. My dad has a Ford 500 (the
sedan version of the Freestyle) and is very happy with it, as well. I
suspect that you can get a good used one in your price range.
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