Whereas I was originally planning on buying something really sweet like a previously owned Maseratti or an SL, I think that until I decide that I definitely want to live permanently in a car city, and until I can handle my 3 properties better, it makes a lot more sense to get something much, much cheaper. I always thought the mini is cool, and I think I'll get my kicks driving that. Unfortunately my old car that was in storage got totaled in transit to Chicago, so I have to downgrade quite a bit, which I'm ok with. Would you guys go pre-owned on a mini or get the latest model? Not an experienced car buyer at all. My last car was an S600 that belonged to my dad, and I didn't have to buy it obviously. Tips for buying mini? I plan on paying cash.