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post #1 of 21 Old 11-15-2017, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrade after only 3 years?

So I feel a bit ridiculous, but I'm getting an itch to upgrade. I have a 2015 Accord EX that has been serving me perfectly fine, but I really like the idea of all the new Honda sensing safety features. The crash avoidance stuff is amazing, and we're planning on having kids soon so that sort of thing seems 10x cooler to me than it used to.

So I'm wondering, am I crazy to upgrade after only 3 years? I know people do it for leases, but I financed. Blue book estimated trade in ($14-15k) is about 5k above what I still owe (~$10k).

How often do you get a new car? When I bought my 2015 I figured I would be driving it until 2030.
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Several members here have done in less than a year.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-15-2017, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Several members here have done in less than a year.
haha well I don't feel so bad, though I'm guessing they hated whatever they bought enough to take the hit on that. I'm just glad Hondas keep their value well enough that I'd have a decent trade in value even including paying off the current financing.
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YOU can justify it ! Wait until you do have a child.

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It's only money. If you have plenty, why not?
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Have you justified the "planning on having kids soon" thing?


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When my wife and I had our 1st child we were driving a Dodge Neon and a Honda Civic. Neither are safe by any means. We traded in the Neon which was a horrible car and started in the 08 Honda, then shortly thereafter got rid of my civic for the 7th gen 2007 Accord.

We do the Majority of our driving in our 2016, and feel very safe. I was nailed by a texting driver in my 07 and did walk away no issues (car was even driveable afterwards with a dragging muffler)

Kids are a lifechanger. But having up to date safety is top priority. Especially with a newborn. Best of luck, the 18's are nice. You thinking 1.5 or 2.0?.
Im a little scarred from my '08 with the "first model year" so I would personally wait until 19 to pull the trigger and let them work out any kinks with the 1st model year.

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All those safety features are over rated. If you keep the kid in the trunk you don't need any of that. I'd keep the '15 and get a couple of comfy blankets for padding. Boom, done.
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I feel pretty safe in the Accord and the Camaro. It's like sitting in a nuclear sub, in the Camaro. There's just so much car on all sides of you. Especially the front end. And the low stock ride height, you're probably not gonna flip over if you're hit. You're not going anywhere buckled up in that back seat, except maybe if the T-tops are out, haha. Any passenger I've had back there, said it was legitimately the safest they've ever felt in a car. Also, I was brought home from the hospital as a newborn, in my mom's '86 Daytona Turbo Z coupe... haha.

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Have you considered getting a Pilot or a bigger car? With having a family, I drive them in the SUV as much as possible.

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I'm a firm believer in buying a new car and keeping it for at least ten years. However, the rapid advances in technology may change my mind. Although the Honda Sensing features will help prevent an accident, they are still an early attempt to protect us from the limitations of our mental perceptions from our senses by using cameras and radar to fill in when our brains are distracted. Driving your current car defensively by keeping a minimum of three seconds following distance the car in front of you, slowing down in inclement weather, driving within the speed limit, driving like a little old lady,as opposed to aggressively and putting distance between your car and anyone driving erratically should keep you safe. In the event all those safe driving tips fail the antilock brakes, crumple zones and airbags should keep you alive and whole.

My advice is to keep you current car until the mid cycle refresh which may introduce even more safety and technology features. In three more years your car will lose less value than it did during the first three and that might be a more economically beneficial time to trade in your car. If you are going to finance the new car you may want to trade now because of the historic low interest rates. Under the current U.S. government interest rates can only go one way, up.
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That $5k is nothing compared to the cost of having kids.

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That $5k is nothing compared to the cost of having kids.
Hear, hear! But I think you will be thinking of a minivan in no time. A lot of us are speaking from experience.
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Don't do it! Take a defensive driving course! You can drive better than a computer! Also the 9th Gen Styling is timeless.

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