While I'm no fan of beaters I think you should look at the 2 to 3 year old market where models come in off lease. I won't expand on this beyond my last deal.
I picked up a then 2 year old Nissan that listed for 36K USD for 12K USD. It had 30K miles (USA) and a full year left on the Nissan warranty. It wasn't beat up or a "beater." It just wasn't new. What was it? A 2014 Nissan Leaf SV. It's been a gas.
This article claims that by buying old beaters instead of (honestly pretty modest by normal standards) new-ish cars, you can save a MILLION dollars over your lifetime. I thought it made a pretty compelling case, but wondering what others think...
Too good to be true?
Moderator Note: URL disabled so this is not spam or SEO. Good question here.