On pistonheads.com there are dozens and dozens of used Elises for sale. Do any of you have an opinion why? It makes me a little nervous to see that so many are parting with this car. Please make me feel better.
I would guess the reasons are varied. But here are some I would expect-
1. They had kids Can't afford or are not willing to keep an extra car for fun. The Elise will be replaced with a nice sport 4 seater. Or maybe even a minivan.
2. They upgraded to a newer Elise.
3. The upgraded to another car. Tastes change. Perhaps they got something large, more exotic, faster, better gas mileage, or ???
4. Traffic is getting bad. Broke their left ankle. Want to be able to commute directly from Starbucks. Got an automatic.
5. It just didn't work out. The car was not practical enough. Not roomy enough. Too difficult to get in and out. Hard to haul cargo. The wife hated it. The car is not for everyone... and represents compromises in order to maximize handling and performance. Some people will find that those compromises are not worth it to them.
To me, the question would be if any of those things applied to you. And if they don't... it does not matter that other people sold.
For me, I owned a little 2 seater race car. Prepped for racing. No A/C. Loud. A handful to drive. And I got rid of it and bought an SUV with heated leather seats and a wonderful stereo. It was relaxing in my den as I drove... and I really liked it. Really. Lexus quality. And in the end, I sold the SUV... because the compromises for me to own the luxo-cruiser were the lack of performance...and in the end, it was not worth the compromise.
And now I can't wait for the 2 seater car with little storage, no cupholders, loud, and a pain to get in and out of.
Keep in mind Randy, that there is a whole world of cars between the 2 seater race car and a Lexus SUV. Sports sedans/coupes for example, provide ample amounts of performance in a daily driver format. Think M3, M5, E55, etc...from your experience, you might find an Evo 8 comforting!
Another reason - a person might initially buy it, not really thinking or caring what kind of financial impact it will have. Eventually, they get tired of struggling pay check to pay check just for a hefty car payment.