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      Junior Member Northeast's Avatar
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      keep or trade decisions based on ownership experience - does it make sense?

      I've always made the keep or trade decision based on what my repair and hassle history has been with a car over the past few years of ownership. If I had a lot of expensive repairs, or some really inconvenient experiences (like wife stranded somewhere) then I tend to unload the car at the first opportunity.

      So here's the question I have: As I approach the end of lease for my '13 S60, which has been trouble free, is it rational to believe that it's a better car than a similar used vehicle on the dealer's lot?

      If I buy it, I will finance for 4-5 years and hopefully keep it several years longer. If I return it I will try to replace it with another Volvo of similar age/miles/features, hopefully CPO if I can locate one, again financed 4-5 years.

      I know there are a lot of folks on here who buy and sell a lot of cars, and I'd be interested in hearing whether you think that all reasonably good used cars offer the same risks, or if one with a known good history is always a better choice. For the sake of the discussion, I would only be considering purchase of 3 year old Volvos purchased from a reputable dealer with clean CarFax and at least some maintenance records (should only be 3 scheduled maintenance visits plus any problems by 36k).

      Am I being superstitious thinking that my S60, after its "extended test drive" while leasing will continue to be a great, trouble free car? Or should I get real and accept that I just got lucky and there's nothing special about my car versus other similar examples?
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      Well I think if you know the wear and the tear and every little thing that's ever existed with the current car, it is indeed better off than a new variable.
      Beyond that, it's a crap shoot I'd say.

      Unless the other car has something you want, whether it's an upgrade or different color, or, if you buy the different car you may get a longer warranty (CPO for example)

      But "the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence" may be the case when looking at different vehicles
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      Why not lease a new one?
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      Quote Originally Posted by GrecianVolvo View Post
      Why not lease a new one?
      Well, I don't really feel that a 2016 S60 AWD is much different from what I have, and since the trim packaging has changed I would have to spend more to get a comparable car. And I'll be in the market for another car 2 years from now when the C70 will be paid off and moved to seasonal duty, at which point a new model S/V60 or XC60 might appeal.
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