I'm going to sound like a parent for 2 minutes...
All cars lose 30% to 50% of their value in the first 4 years, which is why I will not ever buy a new car, ever. You wind up having too much money tied up in something going down in value. Buy a 2-3 year old car with low mileage from Carmax. They will give you a 30-day exchange to protect against anything going wrong, and will fix anything broken on the car at the time of purchase. Pay cash if you can. Loans have a way of sticking around. Let someone else take that 40% loss.
Forgive me for I mean no offense, I am merely passing on what I learned by making bad money decisions for 38 years. The past 8 have been debt free, and your entire world changes when you stop making payments.
Ignore this if it annoys you, I'm offering a suggestion in the kindest way.
I don't want to make a thing out of this, hijacking the thread. Personal finance is personal.
Carmax will let you order the exact car you want, with the exact options you want. When they get one in that matches your desire, you get an email.
40% is a lot of money to lose on anything, regardless of price. The smell not withstanding.
Here's why: Compound interest. Say you buy a new car at $30,000 vs $18000 used. That's $12,000. Invest that at 10% interest in an index fund between the ages of 30 and 60, you could have made $238,000 dollars, without adding a penny to it. Hope you liked the car.
It's the cost of doing something wise with the money that makes a car so expensive. It took me a long time to fully understand the ramifications of bad spending choices. And I've done every dumb thing a person can do with money!
On topic-- Woo gear, I've broken even with both amps.
I swear, I'm done now.
I'm gonna throw in my two cents here.
While generally I'm financially savy (aside from my headfi addiction, but that's another topic) I would say reels advice more applies to higher end cars or people who like to get new cars every few years.
$30000, while not super high end is still more than, say a Corolla. $230000 over 30 years still needs to account for capital gains taxes (I know I know taxes are for suckers!) AND inflation.
Forget taxes just consider inflation. Assume you had the 230000$ NOW ant you held it for 30years and inflation was 2% your purchase in power will still be cut by almost half to about 127000$ THIRTY YEARS LATER.
That's not saying reel isn't right about saving and compound interest (because he/she is) but take the interest and savings in perspective. (capital gains taxes are a b!Tch too, trust me).
As a personal example I bought a fully loaded Mazda 3 in 2004 (in 2003 when it was first intoduced) for about $21k. People gave me **** about it on how I can buy a used 'nicer' car and this and that and the other thing. But here we are ten years later and I still LOVE my Mazda with 157,000+ miles AND a not-so-modest single family home AND a retirement account well on its way to being fully funded (I'm 30 years old) while my detractors are on their 2nd or 3rd 'bmw' and in a townhome or condo and haven't even really set up any semblance of a retirement.
Sorry for the typos, on a tablet.
(MERRY CHRISTMAS, folks!)
On other news, Dg I guess you're liking the gsx-mkII? Still waiting on mine from Justin...