My wife can attest to the resale value! We were looking for a second car a couple years ago. She wanted to buy used... I kept trying to explain to her that used cars in NY SUCK! Unless it was babied and garaged all winter. The road salt, snow, and ice all take their tolls. Eventually the damn thing rusts so bad the owner doesn't want to fix it, and it goes up for sale...
My last 2 cars were used and I told her I DID NOT WANT
to deal with that again! End of discussion.
Well, she finally came around when she was at a dr's appointment with her mom and saw used truck prices (since she knew what I was going to get with or without her approval.
). They were only a couple K less than brand new, and who knows what you're really getting into buying used. So she finally agreed we might as well go new, full warranty, break it in the way WE wanted, and not have any issues caused by the previous owner.
The payments are a bitch, but the truck runs! No questions asked, no work needed, she just GOES! Now, we've watched her parents buy a jimmy/blazer thing for $800 that needed $2k in repair work, their car needs engine work, their truck was sold in exchange for a 00 Dodge Ram. The old truck was rusting out, starter was broken, 4wd needed work..... Neighbor managed to fix that just after he sold it for them (funny, couldn't do it during the last month when my FIL owned it....
), and now the Dodge has problems. Speedo doesn't work, 4wd doesn't work.... And that doesn't include a friend from work going through 4 used cars in a year because they kept dieing (all domestic, imagine that.....
Meanwhile, my 98 Corolla with 180-190k on it is running fine. Burns a little oil, but engine runs fine, body is in good condition, and really only needs new suspension up from (still original OEM). And maybe to fix the oil burning thing.