How new does a car have to be for you to consider it a "new car"?

What qualifies as a "new car" varies greatly depending on who you ask. Some people think a car becomes "old" as soon as it is no longer showroom fresh. A former co-worker of mine who restored Model-Ts used to tell me he didn't care much for "newer cars" like my 54 year old Plymouth Belvedere. This weekend we want to know about your definition. How new does a car have to be for you to consider it a "new car"?

To me a "new car" is a 1993 or newer. Some might take issue with me using the word new to refer to an 18 year old car, but years spent behind the wheels of 40-50 year old vehicles has warped my perception of what I consider to be a new car. I've picked this seemingly arbitrary model year because the newest car currently in the Joslin fleet (a 2002) is a slightly updated version of the model redesign which was introduced for 1993. Surely my "brand new" 9 year old car cannot be based off of anything considered to be old.

You've heard my answer, so tell us how new does a car have to be for you to consider it a "new car"?

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