Though neither 10 year old luxury nor a new econobox is an impressive thing, I find the former far more appealing.
Maybe it’s driven by the original owner, who now has it paid off and continues to enjoy the quietness, build quality etc. This type of owner is too intelligent to waste more money on another new car just for the sake of newness.
Or, it’s driven by someone who bought it from the first owner, likely in cash, and is now enjoying a quiet well-built car for less than the cost of a new econobox. This owner is smart because he’s not paying interest, and he’s not driving a brightly colored billboard advertising his low biweekly payments.
I’m somewhere in between: I am indeed a second owner — the first, as it happens, was an actual dealership guy — though I did not actually pay cash for the car. (I did, however, put down 50 percent, and I paid off the note early.) And while it would be nice to have a proper Aux input or a backup camera, the lack thereof is not compelling enough to draw me to the showroom.
Why did I not select a new econobox? It’s not any antipathy toward small cars: I spent nearly two decades whirling around a pocket-sized Toyota. It was, rather, a reflection of the fact that my previous ride had been taken out by one overenthusiastic member of the family Cervidae, and the idea of stepping down a couple of size classes because of some tedious little ruminant offended my sense of propriety: it’s as though I fought the deer, and the deer won. (Since she did not survive the encounter, it was a Pyrrhic victory at best.)