I bought the car used (courtesy car with 7000 miles on it) for $17,000; same car brand-new was $21,000. Current trade in value on said car is....$17,000. So, had I bought it new, I would have been down $4000 now, not counting interest paid on the loan I would have taken out for that amount, as I had $17K (with trade-in) but not $21K. My plan was to drive the car until I died or it did, but I am thinking of selling it and getting something smaller and more fuel efficient. I want a Prius, but damn, they are expensive. This just so does not compute for me. Money is always an issue. If I were to win the world's biggest lottery and have millions to fritter away, I would still consider money an issue.