Or wait three years or so and wallow in the 55% depreciation and thats at a dealership!
I have to agree with this.
Having never been in the position to buy a new car I can't imagine paying that much for a new car! Seems a crazy amount of cash to be thrown into something you are going to leave parked in dark places.....
I am the person on the other end of the depreciation curve.
(smug me). My last 5 cars have been 3 years old, end of a business or private lease, over 60K miles, and at an absolute steal of a price.
Current car is a 2009 159 LE. Very good condition, full main and specialist dealer history, have spoken to the previous FGA lease holder/driver. When new was around the £25K mark, 3 years later I paid £7995.
This means I can change my cars more often, afford to "tinker" with them at will and not have a massive debt over my head.
Park my 159 next to a £24K one, apart from the digits on the number plate, I think you would struggle to spot the difference.
The most expensive car I have ever had was the last one, the GT Q2, cost me £9995.
Good luck to all of you who can afford the new/newer car, but I am happy (read "smug") in the knowledge that mine is as good, as reliable and at less than 35% of the cost.
PS: Main dealers must hate people like me!