We are looking to buy a vehicle.
We are wanting a mini-van.
We would like it to last years. Or we at least want years of owning a vehicle without payments.
buy new and make payments for 4-5 yrs but have it for many years. (good mpg)
buy a newish certified used vehicle with low milege and many years left and make payments for 3-4 yrs and have it for many years. (good mpg)
buy an older used vehicle with high milege and less years but not make any payments on it. Or pay it off within a year. (not great mpg)
We can afford payments, but of course would rather save our money or spend it on other things (like up grades to our fixer upper we bought 2 yrs ago).
What is the smart way to go around buying a vehicle?