The way I see it, the value is good if the car is bought at about $3,000 (the expense for leasing something "reasonable", like a used Fusion for a year etc) and looks in a good shape with no known major repairs pending. Drive it until any major problem surfaces (anything costing more than $500 to repair) and sell it without fixing (because it never really ends at just $500 job, one jobs usually ends up uncovering enough issues for another >$500 job and so on). If you're lucky you get at least one year of service out of it and the rest of service life I'd consider as "bonus". Paying more than $3000 even for a good looking car is risque as you never know when one of the _unknowns_, such as transmission or AC
, will blow up.
So buying a used car that's more than 3k is foolish?
2012 Fusion Sport, 56k miles, White Platinum Tri-coat. Every option except nav. 28% tint, Diode Dynamics LEDs, Steeda CAI, Steeda 93 octane SCT Tune, Steeda 22.5mm RSB, Magnaflow Catback, Enkei Raijin
[SOLD]2004 SEL Premium, 72,700 miles, Vibrant White. 35% Tint, K&N Panel filter, Remote Start, 4x Infinity Reference 6832cf, JVC KW-R800BT, Rockford Fosgate 501bd, Bazooka BT1014
1989 Mustang LX 5.0 Vert, White, T5, built motor/driveline, race suspension, fast/loud as f*ck