Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Deals on used cars

If anyone has looked at the price of used vehicles recently you know how bad prices have gotten. There’s been delays getting new cars so used are even more popular than ever. Even old vehicles like my Blazer are selling for two or three times what I paid for it. While I could make a profit, buying a suitable replacement is way out of my budget. 

In spite of that, there are still some good deals out there. The catch? You know there’s always a catch. The cars selling for decent prices have manual transmissions. Most drivers don’t know how to drive a stick. It’s not that hard to learn and you’ll save a bundle.

You may even be getting a more reliable vehicle. Take my 2015 Nissan Versa Note for example. The CVT automatic transmission that came with that model is garbage. Even when new the performance was terrible. It accelerated like a fat man jogging. They quickly went downhill from there. On the other hand, the 5 speed manual gave better performance and has much better reliability. 

All you have to do is master one skill. It’s a skill with immediate return on the time invested.



  1. Been a long time since I regulary commuted in a stick drive car. 1966 VW Beetle. Simple simple, reliable and durable.

    It isn't a joke that manual transmission is a theft deterrent. So many people I know are like me. At least half the people I know have never driven manual transmission of any sort.

    1. A lot of places with valet parking warn people they can't drive a stick.

      All kids know how to drive manual as does my lovely wife.