For the past couple of months I've debated back and forth whether I should sell my beloved VW golf TDI and buy a different daily driver or keep the car as long as I can. A couple of things have prompted this question in my mind... 1) My wife and I have our first baby on the way and when I purchased the car almost 6 months ago that wasn't in the picture. This is my 2 door daily driver so it's only really practical for my wife and I, and even though she'll be taking the little guy most of the time, having 4 doors will be nice. 2) My insurance premiums have definitely taken a hit (since my previous civic) and maintenance costs have gone up as well, as evidenced since I did the 40k service myself and the parts alone weren't cheap. 3) Maybe one of the biggest reasons I've thought about this was over thanksgiving I had a pickup truck hit me on the highway putting the golf in a body shop for about a month in a half. Even though there was no (immediate mechanical damage) about $12,000 was poured into body damages and suspension damages (paid by my insurance). Even though this car has been absolutely trouble free (no recalls, no problems ever) and babied from it's previous owner, after that accident I'm worried about the longevity of things going wrong in the future. Maybe I'm just anxious since previously I was a diehard Honda guy lol. The car itself is a hoot to drive though, and even though I hate paying for diesel at the pump the extra torque of the diesel engine has me hooked. It's by far the nicest car I've ever owned, optioned out with everything you could think of, even with leather seats you can't get in other golfs. Still, I've looked at everything from a Honda fit (more practical, still fun me thinks), to Honda civic si, to ford fiesta st and many other cars in between. The one thing I am worried about is even though the car is now in immaculate shape post body shop (new wheels, tires, body panels, everything), it still is going to have that accident on it's record and on it's carfax. I'm wondering if that will cause it's value to drop a whole lot and not give me as much bang for my buck if I sell it (I've still got a partial loan to pay off). Any thoughts from my gear page brothers?