I guess I'm supposed to do this when I sign up, and I always follow the rules ::rollseyes::
I was looking for a toy here in Nashville since I turned 60 years old a couple of months ago and never had a mid-life crisis. My budget was $15,000 and I was searching for used hot hatches but both times I tried to test drive an ST it was sold that day. I also drove a FiST and a GTI. Almost drove a MazdaSpeed3, but it was getting brakes right after it was delivered from auction when I showed up for my appointment. I thought why not raise my search budget to infinity just so I could drive a FoST and see if it fit. Saw a 2018 locally offered at $19,500 and liked it.
My thoughts were that I'd have to hold back $5000 for repairs on a 4-7 year old hot hatch with 70-90,000 miles on it, so I was committing $20k anyway. And since the 2018 had warranty to spare on it I decided to just spend the extra $5k right now for a car with only 12,500 miles. It was a Budget Rent A Car, so there are suitcase scratches in random places, but for a 20% discount I'm OK with that.
Been having fun with it for two weeks now.