Luckily for me a family friend - a Col. in the army gave some good advice.
- As soon as you leave the dealership with a new car the value drops .
- Buy a low mileage used car between 3 to 5 years. At the 5 year mark the car may have lost atleast 1/2 its value
- Do your homework before you go to the dealership. Kelly's Blue Book, Consumer Reports recommended.
Books on this topic:
Insider's Guide to Buying a New or Used Car
Don't Get Taken Every Time: The Ultimate Guide to Buying or Leasing a Car, in the Showroom or on the Internet
How to Buy A Car Guide : The Art of Negotiation
Buying a Car for Dummies