I live in New York City and do not currently own a car. I'd like to purchase one just for this winter season so that I can drive myself up to VT/NH for skiing whenever I want (have the MaxPass). This would probably be cheaper and less of a pain than renting every week. I have access to free parking so that isn't an issue. My goal is to buy a car that:
1) will have excellent resale value after the four months are over
2) will be able to handle steep, possibly snowy roads.
Lastly, I'd also like to hear your opinions on if this is a foolish task that won't be practical for one reason or another. I understand there are ski buses available from NYC, but I prefer to avoid that option this season for reasons I don't want to go into.
Aside from the basics of buying used, 4WD, and snow tires, can you please suggest makes/models that could fit the bill and retain value very well? I'd rather spend 5k and get back 4.5k than spend 25k and get back 24k.
Thanks a bunch guys!
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