I have never owned a Mini, but have loved them for years. I am so excited to be purchasing a Mini within the next week. I was living outside the country for the last three years and have not had a car in three long years. Now I have narrowed my choices down to two beautiful 2013 Hardtop automatic. I don't know how to drive a manual and don't want to learn with a new car. Please give me your advice which one you would go with. I understand this is subjective. And I know I will be happy for years in either one, but I'm torn. Thanks for the help! Option #1 = 2013 Chilli Red Mileage: 2710 Doors: 2 door SUNROOF + HEATED SEATS + BLUETOOTH Bodystyle: Hatchback Drive Line: Front-wheel Drive Engine: I-4 cyl Engine Size: 1.6L Transmission: Automatic Trim: Cooper Exterior Color: Chili Red Interior Color: Carbon Black It is not certified, which will cost $750. It was used by the dealership manager. The original maintenance runs through 10/2015. So I would purchase the additional maintenance plan for $1695. I love the color. Total cost = $23,445 Option #2 = 2013 White Silver Metallic (Basic Model Zero Miles) Brand New Doors: 2 door NO SUNROOF + NO HEATED SEATS BLUETOOTH Bodystyle: Hatchback Drive Line: Front-wheel Drive Engine: I-4 cyl Engine Size: 1.6L Transmission: Automatic Trim: Cooper Exterior Color: White Silver Total cost = $22,920 I love the fact it is totally new. But don't want to fixate on that. Questions: #1 If I go with the red model, do I need to have it certified? #2 If I go with the red model, should I buy the extended maintenance? #3 Do the amenities on the red one out way the benefits of a brand new, never driven model?[/COLOR] Sorry for the long post. But I have no reference point to make a sound decision that I will live with for several years. And like many people I am trying to stay within a certain budget. Thanks for your helpful advice.