Originally Posted by texas008
it also surprised me that i heard that new LS460 back then could be got for less than $70k,
and after 3~4 years they are still more than $45k.
The high resale value is actually a tribute to the overall quality and desirability of the Lexus brand. The free market sets the price for used cars, and if the used vehicles are perceived as reliable and valuable, they will hold more of their original price.
A 3-year old Lexus that has been serviced regularly by a Lexus dealer is worth considerably more (as a percentage of original MSRP) than a Chevy or Kia of the same age.
I bought an 8-year old CPO LS600hL with 58K miles, and I couldn't be happier with the overall refinement, quality, durability, and ride of this "ancient" vehicle. Mine stickered at $115K in 2008, and I paid $42K, which seems like a lot for an 8-year old car. Again, I have no regrets...
Good luck! Shoot for $45K or less!