in 1997, i bought a 1987 dodge omni from a used car lot for $1000.
in 2001, i bought a 1989 toyota tercel from the same lot for $2800.
in 2007, i bought a 1991 VW passat from a private seller for about $2300.
in 2009, i bought a 1987 tercel privately for $800. it needed work.
in 2012, i bought a 1990 toyota corolla for $1300. it also needed work.
my point is that used cars hold their value way better now than they did when i was a kid. i mean, my first car was only 10 years old and in good shape so it was a steal at $1000 — and that was from a car lot so you know i overpaid for it. if i was to buy a 10 year old car now — a 2007 — the only way it could be so cheap would be if it was a sunfire that had been beat to shit by some scum who smoked and puked in it, drove it into walls, etc.
so instead, i’m continuing to buy vehicles from the late 80’s/early 90’s, and i’m still paying the same prices for them, even 20 years later.
that’s fucked up.