Its a bit of a story. I currently drive a 2012 CTS 3.6DI AWD, fully loaded except the recaro seats. Fantastic car. I bought it new, and it currently has 30,000 miles on it. Prior to this, I was driving a 2004 SRX V8. I honestly miss driving an SUV, and also miss driving a car with a V8.
What I am considering:
Sell my CTS, assume I get 35k for it by the time all this happens. I'm 22 and in grad school, so if I were to go for a loan, I would be comfortable with a 15-20k car loan. So i would have roughly 50-55k to spend.
I drive 22k miles a year, and need to get to work and school through the snow, therefor a V wouldn't be able to be my only vehicle.
Would consider buying a used 2010 or 2011 V for 35-40k. And then go and find another old SRX, say 06-08 V8 for less than 15k.
Would you guys justify me selling a "new" car for 2 used ones? Any other suggestions are also appreciated.
When I went to purchase the CTS a year and a half ago, I also looked at the Escalade and Escalade EXT. GMC Sierra Denali, Mercedes GL. I was not happy with the 5 series or E class, and have been completely satisfied with Cadillac in the past. So that would be the other option for me to consider, is since I don't really like driving a sedan all the time, for me to pretty much swap for a Used one of those. The GMC would be closest in price, and the rest i would probably have to come up with another 10k cash if I found them in a 2012 model with 30k miles. Back then I wasn't making as much money, and wasn't 100% sure that I would be able to maintain the bigger car. Now that I am making more money, Its worth considering again.