We have always bought older low mileage vehicles and have had great success with that strategy. Here in central Wisconsin our choices are rather limited, but the logistics of buying in the Milwaukee, Chicago or Minneapolis areas would not be unreasonable.
Our plan is to sell both the Toyota and the GMC and get something with most of the van’s utility and much of the Camry’s economy. This vehicle will be my daily driver (~75 miles/week), plus utility vehicle for frequent weekend canoeing/camping/sailing/
trips, plus 1 or 2 annual car-camping trips of 5-8000 miles total.
DT E-i-C Vince: In 2009 Ford released the Focus based Ford Transit Connect into the US market in a limited production capacity for small business/fleet use. Production continued through 2013 and these are now prime on the used market. You get a 2.0 liter Duratec inline-4 that returns decent fuel economy, a car-like ride, and tons of room for your stuff. For example, here is a 2010 Ford Transit Connect offered here on eBay for $9,995 buy-it-now located in Riverhead, NY.
What do you recommend for John? Comments below.