IIRC I was reading somethign which said the new car smell is toxic. Dont remember exactly though.
CincySES took the words right out of my mouth, I would definitly go new if possible so that I know the car since day 1.
ESP is a great warranty, but unless the problem is painfully obvious, the dealer will be reluctant to do anything. I have had to authorize $800 tear downs before being covered under esp warranty. But the piece of mind knowing that if your car blows up, its only going to cost you $100 to repair
I own a used car and quite frankly, I never thought I would learn soo much.
Here's what I learned. You may not agree with it, you may not like it, but this is what has happened. It is not intended to down play any car at all, it is jsut the results of what a simple assumption could end up costing in the long run. My dad wanted to purchase me a new nissan after my 95se was totalled in 2000. Instead I went with a loaded used car which cost about $5400 less (difference of estimated out the door prices). I convinced myself, that even if I have to spend around $1k-$2k in repairs, I still have a better deal.
Two years later, I realized my assumptions were incorrect from multiple perspectives. Initially it may have seemed like a great deal buying used. I just compared the average retail values of the car my dad wanted to buy me and my taurus. Assuming I put exactly 38000 miles on each car, the difference between the values is $7120. Subtract that with the initial difference I get $1720. If I add in any costs of maintainance/repairs which woudl come up on a used car quicker than a new car (tires, brakes, belt, fluids, etc) and cost of repairs
on my car, I'm looking at a difference of at least $4500. Ofcourse buying a used car is always a gamble. Given my car is an extreme case and I practically lost that gambe, I'll go back to using the number $1720 assuming that I had no extra costs to maintain/repar the vehicle. Since I could have had $1720 extra if I had bought the new car at the time, that only leaves me with a very simple question: are the extra things I got in my used car (larger size, larger engine, leather, power seats, cd changer, chrome wheels, etc) worth the $1720?
Whether or not it is worth it, is it worth any possible headaches not knowing how the car was treated before hand (I dont know, my repairs were all due to factory defects).
You be the judge