Used Cars: Bargains on a Budget

Used Cars – How I saved some money

I admit that I wasn’t very happy when my car finally gave out, but the twins were about 6 months old and we were rapidly running out of room in my old hatchback. I loved that thing. I bought it when I was a freshman in college, which was admittedly a long time ago. It was my first adult purchase, I got the loan without a cosigner and made all the payments myself. I was proud of that car. She lasted as long as she could, I guess.

Anyway, it was almost winter and we knew we needed something more reliable, especially with the boys. Here’s the thing about twins: they’re harder than you can even imagine. I mean, one baby is hard. Two? Two is next to impossible. So, my wife didn’t go back to work after she took time off for maternity leave. That wasn’t in the plan initially but, you know, kids change everything.

We had a little saved for a down payment because we were planning on getting a new car soon but we had to carefully budget now that we only had one income. A new car was out. We started looking at the local used car dealerships are realized something: used cars are pretty awesome.

Let me explain. We wanted a newer model and were willing to spend a bit of money. Not what we’d pay for a new car, obviously, but we also didn’t want some decade old rust box, which is what I think is the stereotype for pre-owned cars.

Anyway, we looked into a model that was a few years older than what we were considering before we had to be a little tougher about our finances and were immediately sold. We’d been planning to get a new, reliable model and drive it for a decade or so anyway. There’s not much difference between buying an older, used model of the same car and hoping to get 7 or 8 years out of it. Though this is such a reliable model, we’ll probably get a decade out of it anyway.

My point is if you’re in the market for a new car, don’t count out any used cars for sale. It saved us a lot of money, we still got what we wanted, and we have a lot more room for the twins. For now, anyway. Oh before I forget, I found my used car on carcanuck.ca

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