I know a lot of people who view their cars as functional necessities.
It’s the machine that gets you from point A to B, not a lavish luxury that you show off to friends and family members.
I never saw the reason to spend thousands of dollars on a nice car, especially if it ever gets in a wreck at no fault of your own. My goal was to find the most reliable vehicle with the best gas mileage that I can possibly afford with my salary. For the longest time this meant taking my chances with used vehicles. If you’re a car mechanic or have those skills, I can understand why you’d never want to waste your money on a brand new car that loses value the second it leaves the car lot. But for people like me who don’t know how to maintain or repair their own cars, gambling on used cars can be scary and stressful. At times I had to wonder every morning if the engine would start and whether or not I’d get to work on time that day. After several years of this, I had enough. I started looking at new cars on the market that aren’t too expensive for my limited budget. I wanted a reliable car with good gas mileage like before, but also with a good heating and cooling system. If I was going to invest in a brand new vehicle, I wanted something with cold air conditioning and ondemand heat. I am sick of old used cars with air conditioners that don’t keep the interior cold enough in the summer heat.