There Can Only Be One
So true. We purchase all of our vehicles used (last brand new one I bought was the VTX in '03 - because it was the first year of the 1300C, and it was my divorce present to myself ). And we buy them to drive/enjoy & not for any resale/trade-in value. I let someone else take the immediate depreciation hit. This latest Sequoia I bought around this time two years ago with 219K miles on the clock for $8500 cash...I'm now at 265K. I checked the VIN on Toyota's website and was shocked when I found that the single-owner had taken it in to the same dealer for EVERYTHING...even light bulb changes. All fluids (including tranny flushes) were done on time, and all recalls had been performed. The Limited Sequoias go for north of $60K with all the options I have in mine...ain't no way I'm taking that hit.Yes, it pays to get the upgrade packages esp. when buying a used vehicle. You get all the bells & whistles same as new, unless you can afford the new vehicle first. My current and previous couple vehicles I specified the top grade package mainly for the remote start and heated seats, but you get better interiors, nicer trim packages, better brakes & suspensions, bigger rubber and other things too. And a little (not much) better trade value when time for another vehicle.