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Who Buys New Cars

That itself is a fairly significant finding. Here in the UK, the car industry has experienced a record growth in the past few years, with a total of 2,633,503 new cars registered in Britain last year, an all-time record.

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So what tempts buyers towards new cars specifically? This survey exposes the things that buyers consider to be the most important when they look to buy a new car, and it will also explore some of the factors that affect which car they buy and when they buy it.

There are some interesting points for manufacturers as well, with the emphasis put on things like the latest equipment and technology seemingly having a relatively small effect on making people actually go out and buy a car. Is it time for a rethink of the way cars are marketed?

People spend a lot of money on their cars and trucks. In fact, about 16% of the average American's total budget goes to transportation, including vehicle costs and fuel. That makes it the second-biggest expenditure after housing but before incidentals like food, education, and saving for retirement.

If you don't need a tall driving position and rarely travel in deep snow, a traditional car might be a better choice, however. Whether in the form of a sedan, coupe, convertible or station wagon, cars tend to be lighter and have a lower center of gravity than crossovers, which aids efficiency and handling.

The Covid pandemic has muted depreciation, however, and prices for used cars are growing faster than for new. As the price gap narrows, buying new becomes more appealing because the vehicles are in better condition, plus, they have a full warranty and can be financed at a lower rate.

Another option is to use a no-haggle dealership, typified by CarMax, Vroom and Carvana. These companies can charge more than traditional dealerships, but generally score positive reviews from consumers. Each promises stress-free shopping with a non-negotiable price and money back guarantees, plus large and easy-to-search inventories. Each will also deliver a new car right to your door, in most instances. Unlike the others, CarMax also offers physical locations where shoppers can peruse cars.

Under normal circumstances, a car shopper might be advised to wait for the end of the month because that's when many dealers are looking to make quotas and are more likely to negotiate. They might also be told to look for cars that are being discontinued or redesigned because dealers want to get them off the lot.

In between 2007 and 2017, there has been a major shift in who buys new cars in the U.S. According to data analyzed by website Green Car Congress, older Americans are now in the majority when it comes to the purchase of new cars and light trucks. Half of those buying a new vehicle in 2017 were over the age of 55 compared with around 30 percent in 2007.

At the same time, new car purchases by 35 to 54-year-olds have been decreasing from 50 percent to 35 percent. The shift happened in connection with the price of new cars increasing and younger people growing less eager to purchase cars overall.

In general, used cars are cheaper than new cars. But both have increased dramatically in price over the last few years. New car payments have jumped from a monthly average of $554 in 2019 to $667 in 2022, an 18.5% difference. Used cars also saw a drastic jump from $391 on average to $515, a 27.4% difference.

Actual analysis. Bravo! I think the advice of MMM to go for the 10+ year old car is awesome if it works for your life. If you have already accumulated multiple millions and you stay within your budget then there is no good reason not to buy something less spartan. And then you start breaking down the new v. recent cars and the contest is a lot closer. And then you look at the fact that electrics are so much cheaper to maintain and fuel and you end up in a very wise spot.

As always, thought provoking! It really depends on where you are in the FI journey and how aggressive you want to be. My last two cars I bought new. Agree that with low financing costs taking the loan is probably the better move as well. I Cheers!

The cars can also be sold at auction, but that forfeits some of the sale to an auction house, which means the dealership would lose a lot of money since the car would already be discounted. Another option is that the cars can be used as a loaner car when people bring theirs in for service.(new Image()).src = ' =38cf8a01-c7b4-4a61-a61b-8c0be6528f20&cid=877050e7-52c9-4c33-a20b-d8301a08f96d'; cnxps.cmd.push(function () cnxps( playerId: "38cf8a01-c7b4-4a61-a61b-8c0be6528f20" ).render("6ea159e3e44940909b49c98e320201e2"); );

Less maintenance. New cars are less likely to need as much maintenance as used cars do. Dealers often offer a free two-year maintenance package, too, so your oil changes and such are covered for that time.

Less warranty. Even though used cars may have some of their original factory warranty remaining, you would likely need to purchase an extended warranty to get the same coverage as a new car.

All motorcars built before 2003 (both Rolls-Royce and Bentley) and their related history are dealt with by the Bentley organisation. The Bentley Heritage website could be a useful source of information for you.

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Anyway I just bought a new car the represents 40% of my income. Including this loan my debt to income ratio is 18% so its very easy for me to make payments. The deprecation metrics everyone uses on new cars are *usually* flawed. This is because they are based on MSRP and up until the pandemic no one ever purchased a car for MSRP. With many brands it was typical to pay 15% below MSRP. So any deprecation metric based on MSRP (which they all are) was just worthless. Below is my experience buying a brand new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2018 and trading it in a month ago

Sam, an update to the business vehicle article covering vehicles as business write-offs when purchased vs leased, as well as how frequently and how many vehicles someone can write-off/justify based on revenue, etc., would be cool! Americans love cars. Always a fun and informative topic.

I think this is the right time to buy a new car, as we have to consider multiple factors:1. Old cars are depreciating much less than usual, almost 30-40% increase in price2. The interest rates on older cars are much higher than new cars. I got a deal from Hyundai for 0% apr, as opposed to 6-9% on used cars3. Resale value of new car will be higher in the coming future as well, since last 2-3 years there has been such low production (this is a bet)

I work for honda stamping, cars have changed little in the last ten years in construction, your 10 year rule for safety is nonsense, since 2005 cars have peaked in safety your rule made sense in the 90s but not now. In fact the electric gizmos in new cars mean they will age poorly look at how CVT transmissions fail so early compared to a basic 4 speed auto made 10 years ago.

28 years later I bought my second sports car (I have other family cars) which of course costs a lot more money. The new sports car is faster, safer, flashier, and even a sound investment as used models are still trading at MSRP due to strong demand.

Sounds like good arbitrage! I forget, after living in CA since 2001, we have different car rules here. I sold one of my old cars due to not wanting to pay $500 to fix it to pass smog. It was a 14-year old Land Lover.

I currently use a salary sacrifice scheme (UK based) to hire a brand new car for 3 years. Maybe the new cars you see are not being bought outright, but are in use via a tax efficient method? This avoids costs for repairs associated with older cars and importantly saves on tax payments. I feel like its a good deal but interested in your opinion on this.

But many Americans make big mistakes buying cars. Take new car purchases with a trade-in. A third of buyers roll over an average of $5,000 in debt from their last car into their new loan. They're paying for a car they don't drive anymore. Ouch! That is not a winning personal finance strategy.

"We're actually living in a golden age of used cars," says Reed. "I mean, the reliability of used cars is remarkable these days." Reed says there is an endless river of cars coming off three-year leases that are in very good shape. And even cars that are older than that, he says, are definitely worth considering. "You know, people are buying good used cars at a hundred-thousand miles and driving them for another hundred-thousand miles," says Reed. "So I'm a big fan of buying a used car as a way to save money."

He acknowledges that which car you buy matters and that it's a good idea to read reviews and ratings about which brands and models are more or less likely to run into costly repair problems down the road. He says some European cars are famously expensive to maintain.

NPR has a personal finance Facebook group called Your Money and Your Life. And we asked group members about car buying. Many said they were shocked by how much money some other people in the group said they were spending on cars. Patricia and Dean Raeker from Minneapolis wrote, "40 years of owning vehicles and our total transportation purchases don't even add up to the cost of one of the financed ones these folks are talking about."

New gasoline-powered cars will be banned in California beginning with 2035 models under a new groundbreaking regulation unanimously approved today to force car owners to switch to zero-emission vehicles.

The regulation is the first in the world to end the sale of traditional gas-powered vehicles and ramp up sales of cars powered by electricity. A small number of other states and nations have set only voluntary targets. 041b061a72


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