She should hold off as long as possible and look for a really good deal. I bought a 1993 Toyota Tercel with 77k for less than 2k and drove it into the ground. It took me a month to find the deal, and I had to take a bus 400 miles to pick it up, but it saved me thousands. BTW, I found it on Ebay. I also bought a 1985 Grand Am with 51k on it for...oh, how much was it...I think like $1200...anyway, it was cheap and in great condition with a stack of receipts and brand new tires. Old couple's car. In used cars, holding your horses is the difference between garbage and gold.