The first decision that is always considered by many people when buying a car is the choice between a shiny brand new one and the budget-friendly used model. Whether used or new, both have advantages and disadvantages on car buyers. For used cars, there are always the horror stories about accidents and buying a model that will cost more than the original price because of damage maintenance. And for brand new cars, budget is always a disadvantage when we can’t afford the latest model in the market. But there are many successful car buyers for both conditions that armed themselves with enough knowledge first before going car shopping that led them to the cars of their dreams.
When budget is tight and the latest car model seems out of reach, we can always consider buying a 2 or 3 year old used version. But before buying one, a good car buyer should first know the ff information from the car that he intends to buy: maintenance history, previous mechanical problems, number of previous owners, and if the car was ever involved in any accident.
One benefit of buying a used car is that you can often get a great deal in many cases. Also, there is already an increased choice in the market for used cars as an effect of a tough economy that is experienced by most countries today. Prices of SUVs and mid-sized cars tend to go down due to slowing of sales. Reliability of used cars nowadays is also improving since original factory warranty is transferable to second owners. This can be arranged with certified car dealers. Certified pre-owned cars can be bought with its original warranty at an additional price. In finding a used car, check out the nearest used car dealership in your area or visit web sites that sell used cars. Sometimes, used cars are also advertised in online and print classified ads. And when the choice is already made, make sure that you have a mechanic that can perform a full inspection of the car or you can request a Vehicle History Report that will provide more information like if the car was stolen, recalled, or salvaged, if the car failed inspection, if someone tried to tamper the odometer reading, and also the number of previous owners.
As for buying new cars, of course the list of advantages is longer compared to buying used cars. Aside from being the first owner, a new car has a warranty coverage that lasts up to 3 years and some even last longer. Automakers also provide warranty coverage for power trains and corrosion resistance that may also last beyond 3 years. And with all these warranty coverage, peace of mind is guaranteed since you are sure that if there will be problems with your new car, the warranty can cover the cost. While also under warranty, most mainstream new cars come with free roadside assistance that offer reimbursements and even provide alternate transportation if you get stranded far from home. But when buying new cars, it is best to remember the ff information: the last two weeks of December and the period of July to October are the best times of the year to get the best price on a car; do not provide your license or social security number to your car dealer; a missing MSRP or price invoice sticker on cars is illegal; and don’t just rely on advertising, it is still best to do your own independent research
In buying a car, whether used or new, it is always best to ask yourself what type of car suits your everyday needs or is it large enough for the entire family. Also, always reflect on all the costs involved and you can also compare prices to help you decide to buy a new one or a used model. Because when buying something big as a car, one should always consider the money’s worth.