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We are in the process of purchasing a new car because our family has grown over the years. However, in order to buy one car, we have to sell another. We cannot figure out which car to sell! One of us has a 2000 Lexus RX300 (with 130,000 miles) and the other has a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee (with 70,000 miles). Which should we keep? Which will cost less to maintain as time goes on?

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Cherie Watters, President of Sales and Marketing at AskPatty.com Dear J Priluck Wow, does anyone prefer one car over another? I think you need to look at which one cost less to operate. Which one requires less maintenance? Which one do you like better? Overall, I think Lexus probably would cost less, but then there are those unexpected things that no one knows about. Maintenance schedules are available on the manufacture web sites. Compare them see what cost you more to own. I like both automobiles. Keep us posted.

Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Go on line to KBB.com or NADA.com to determine an estimated value on both cars in your area. Check with your mechanic regarding projected maintenance costs and the history of each of these vehicles in general. Think about your overall driving needs and consider how the sale of either will affect what you buy. Then think about how much that yet to be purchased car will cost. After reviewing and studying the information that you gather, hopefully your decision will not only be an easy one, but a sound one as well. Good Luck!

Patricia J Roberts, Director Business Development  at AskPatty.com, Inc. The best way to make this determination is to visit used car websites. You will be able to enter all of the information regarding your two vehicles to determine their values. Or you can visit dealerships and get the vehicle appraised by the used car managers. New car dealerships have a used car manager. And visit with a mechanic to determine the condition of the vehicles and their recommendation on future maintenance costs. Remember that as the vehicle age it will cost more to maintain.

Chris Walsh, Owner at Consolidated Automotive Services of indiana The Jeep is far less to maintain then the Lexus. Plus you have half the mileage on the jeep and it is 7 years newer

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