Well, the spy shots of the proposed 2012 Beetle are just ugly as sin. With its squashed roofline and tacked-on fenders, this looks, as one commenter put it, “like a cross between the original New Beetle and a PT Cruiser.”
Some autobloggers appear to like the look, calling it “retro” and “sportier” and comparing it to the Porsche 356. Do today’s buyers want a 356 look? This car looks like a styling exercise that Ferry Porsche scrapped.
I thought the last Beetle was a great design, and that’s the one I’d still buy. So I would search out a used, late-model Beetle, despite what is likely to be a better powertrain in the new car.
I will bet this sort of disenchantment with new models happens a lot. The new car just doesn’t have the features you want, or the company has ruined a good design, or you are tired of being led down the path of having the Very Latest. So the alternative is to buy used, save a lot of money, and get what you want.
Some buyers may feel the same way about the Lincoln Town Car, as opposed to the coming MKT, which we discussed here. Looking at our nationwide DealFinder Town Car listings, for instance, you can find at least six opportunities (today) to save $4-5,000 and more on 2010 cars with around 15,000 miles or, in some cases, a lot less.
BMW has just redesigned its X3 for 2011 but, possibly shooting itself in the foot, has floated “vomit-inducing” sketches (per our own tgriffith today) of yet another future Sports Activity Vehicle called the X4. God knows when that will be built, but you can get some terrific bargains on used X3s: 2007-2010 cars with less than 30,000 miles at savings of $5-13,000 below market.
And so it goes. When the auto companies insist on producing stuff that makes you ill or that you just don’t want, the used-car alternative can make you very happy.
Have you ever been turned off by a specific new-car offering and then turned on to a used version of that car?