It comes down to drawing a line someplace in the checkbook. The OP had the
line at about $15k. The choice it to buy a basic model at the price (still
a good value) or buy the fancier model with all the fancy equipment, but
used. There is no right or wrong, but a matter of personal preference.
I've always bought the top model of a given car than the stripped down model
of the next notch up at the same price.
If you hit the right used car, you can get a fantastic value. I fellow at
work bought a new Hyundai LX for his wife. While they liked the car, it was
"too fast" for her so they traded it in on a new Camry 4 cylinder. Whoever
gets the LX with 5,000 miles get a phenomenal value. If was not even 9
I am not sure where you came up with the 19071 number. I was not able
to find one for cheaper than 21k. The LX model for 2006 was replaced by
the Limited model for 2007. I called a few dealerships and one in Ohio
that specializes in Internet Cheap Sales. I think a lot of places quote
cheap deals, but then they add a lot of stuff to it...Dealer prep and
so on. The place in Ohio quoted me the best price of $20,380, and they
weren't adding sales tax because that will be paid in my state.
Carsdirect.com was more at 21,202. On Cardirect.com they ask for your
zip code, so perhaps your area made the 2100 dollar difference.
I found your 19701 number. I entered the zip code for Moraga California
into Carsdirect.com. The trim model you were looking at was an SE
which has the V-6 engine, but cloths seats and is no where near as nice
as the LX. The SE version for 2007 is the same as the GLS version for
2006. The LX version of 2006 is the same as the Limited version for
2007 and that is going for 20,702 in your area on carsdirect.com.
That is 5200 more than I am currently paying. The extra 5 year warranty
is only for the power train, and it is rare that vehicles need a new
engine. Thus I am gambling that I can replace an engine or trans for
less than 5k. I am a mechanic and will do the work myself so I feel
quite confident in my gamble.
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