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I had recently started learning a four wheeler (Maruti ALTO) from driving school. Its some week course.

After that should i buy a new car (New ALTO K10 or say SWIFT) or buy a old one as i might be learning and might end up ruining new car, its clutch plates etc.

I had a plan to buy a new car as its financing is easier and less chance of breaking down unlike old car.

Any help is appreciated.

  • There are numerous pros and cons for a new car or a used car, and we try to stick to factual, answerable questions. Any responses you get will be primarily opinion based. – JPhi1618 Apr 7 '16 at 14:23
  • @JPhi1618 But even then some advice will be beneficial for a guy who had just started learning to buy a new one or not, thanks! – Moons Apr 7 '16 at 14:24
  • @Moons Probably going to see the question closed. Advice: Buy a very cheap, average, popular and easy to get rid of car. Get some experience, then decide on your own what you want to do. – Alin Purcaru Apr 7 '16 at 14:27
  • This related question might help you understand what you could be getting into with a used car: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/1463/… – JPhi1618 Apr 7 '16 at 14:28
  • I wouldn't touch any vehicle made after 1969 with a 10 foot pole! – Jonathan Musso Apr 7 '16 at 15:28
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How used are we talking here? For me, I always take the price and divide by miles available. I like to always make that number 100,000 miles before major maintenance is required. For instance, if I bought a $20,000 car new, I would divide $ into miles. Therefore, it would be $0.20/mile at 100,000 miles. So if a car has 70,000 miles and costs $10,000, it would be $0.33/mile for 30,000 miles. Usually at 100,000 you will be looking at timing belt, water pump, tensioner, tune up, suspension, etc, etc. That is why I use that mile number. I hope this helps.

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    This is confusing and doesn't answer the question of "new car or old car". How does this per-mile price figure in to a buying decision? – JPhi1618 Apr 7 '16 at 16:06

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