If you’re in the market to buy a vehicle, you should ask yourself if it’s really necessary to buy new. Sure, nothing beats the feeling — and smell — of driving a brand new car right off the lot, however, buying a brand new car has several disadvantages. For example, did you know that new cars begin to depreciate in value the minute you drive them off the lot? In addition, depending on the make and model of the new car you buy, your insurance rates can sky rocket.
So why buy a used car? Easy, it just makes sense and can have you cents, too!
Buying used cars is a lot different than it used to be, however, the fear of ending up with a lemon — a used car that requires a lot of repairs in order operate safely — is still very much real for a number consumers. Luckily, they don’t make cars like they used to. Today’s pre owned vehicles are among some of the safest used cars on the market, and can run upwards of 100,000 miles or more without any major repairs or overhauls.
If reliability and safety are major concerns for you, you may want to consider purchasing a factory-certified pre owned vehicle. So, what’s the difference? Although certified pre owned program may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, in essence, certified pre owned vehicles are vehicles that meet the manufacturer’s strict criteria for resale and carry some form of guarantee against defects similar in nature to a brand new car warranty.
However, if you’re purchasing a vehicle via a private sale directly from the owner, it pays to do a little research. In order to avoid costly repairs and in order to ensure you’re making a wise investment, ask an auto tech or mechanic to give the vehicle in question a once-over in order identify any potential problems.