I had the opportunity to live next to a Car dealership owner that sold everything from Honda's, Rolls Royces, Chevrolets, Delorean's and the Fiat X 1-9. Very Successful business by the way I asked him what is the best value for your dollar and can I ever break even or how best to stretch my dollars on a car. This was his advice which I still follow today. 1. Buy used, drive it till it breaks down and costs more to fix than replace --- call the junk yard to take the car from the side of the road. 2. Buy New and then follow rule 1. The only difference between 1 and 2 is you will have the car in scenario 2 a lot longer.