Well, first of all I never buy *new* cars... so when I say "new - used" I basically mean: sell my current car and buy another used one that is about two years old.
My current car is a 1999 Ford Contour SE V6 with about 106,000 miles on it. It's got a few minor bumps-and-bruses and a bit of peeling paint due to a bad paint-job, but it does look good when you step back and look at it as a whole. Most everything on it works great and the engine will get-up and go when I put the pettle down! (It is a light-weight car with a big V6 in it, so it's FUN to drive) The things that have me worried are that the transmission is starting to shift hard and the fact that the car is getting to be about 6 years old. (I last changed the transmission fluid at about 80,000 miles)
One nice thing about this car is that it has had all sorts of maintenance (breaks, tires, etc...) done to it so it can probably last a long time more on the road, assuming the transmission does not give out.
I looked on Kelly Blue Book and it said I could expect $2000 traid-ingor about $4700 if I sell it person-to-person.
What do you think? Is it time to sell this one and buy another car?