my car is like an appliance. i just need something reliable that looks halfway decent and i can run the shite out of it.
Same here. I often lust over cars that I'd love to own, but at the end of the day, I'm too cheap to pay a lot of money for a depreciating asset (except for a bicycle).
This past May, I sold my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero with 103k miles (what a piece of shit, by the way) for $2700 cash to a Mexican. I bought my grandmother's 2002 Mazda 626 with 60k miles for $3500.
Bluebook on the Alero was around $2500-2700, Bluebook on the Mazda is about $4500-4700. It's in amazing shape, just had to replace the rear tires because they were old--plenty of tread, but the tread started delaminating due to infrequent use and age.