Originally Posted by Mark
GM stocks over 4,000+ dealerships in the States.
Mitsubishi stocks about 350 dealerships in the States.
Just noting the difference, & nothing else.
I go back & forth between driving my Forester & Mirage more during the winter months. The Mirage is nothing more than an under powered tin can on wheels. I don't mind driving a car like that in the least, but I would not pay $15,000-20,000 for something like that. Add all the crap you want, & it is still a tin can on wheels. I don't care if it's the cheapest, only economy car left in the States. I could not spend that amount on a Mirage & feel good about it.
I honestly don't see myself buying another new vehicle in my lifetime. Someone else can pay those initial years of depreciation on a vehicle. My best purchases have been low mileage used cars.
The only exceptions to that have been
My 1990 Ford Festiva L manual (designed by Mazda, built by KIA, sold by Ford) - Ford offered a $1,000 rebate making a base level Fesitva $5,300 brand new in 1990. We got $850 for a piece junk Plymouth Horizon that day & drove the Festiva home.
My 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES manual. Once I discovered WB was selling these cars brand new for $7,500-9,000 (depending on the loyalty, VIP, or military rebates you qualified for), I gave up looking at low mileage used cars.
In between those two new vehicle, I bought low mileage used vehicles. For example -
I paid $12,000 for my 2000 Honda CR-V LX AWD manual with 20,000 miles in 2004. It was a private party purchase from a registered nurse who used it as her winter vehicle. She stored the CR-V during the rest of the year & drove a convertible & motorcycle. The couple were from my hometown area, but located in Green Bay at the time. My used 2000 Honda CR-V was the best value vehicle I have ever owned by far.
Times have changed. Prices have surely gone up. On a positive note - our Mirages we aren't depreciating as fast during this current market.
I could care less about the Chevy Spark & other GM products. I had this conversation with a driving student last night. Her dad bought a slightly used 2019 Chevy pickup truck. They run a large green house plant business in my area. That truck was constantly leaving them stranded, & the GM mechanics could not solve the wiring issues. They eventually took it back. My brother missed a few days hunting at my place this past fall, because the starter went out on his 2018 GMC truck with under 30,000 miles on it. He's an electrician and knew it was the starter. It was covered under warranty, but really?
I was sad to see the Honda Fit leave the North American market. I wouldn't buy GM, KIA, Hyundai product these days.