When it comes to buying a car, you may be wondering whether to get something shiny and new with no history or whether to get something that’s been around the block – just not too many times.
While driving away in a top-notch vehicle that no one has ever owned before may seem appealing, a used/nearly new car can also provide you with a significant amount of joy – so let’s look at the benefits of buying a pre-loved model.
If you buy a car that’s recently entered the market and is packed with all the latest mod cons and tech advancements – expect to leave a dent in your bank balance. Brand new runners can be pretty pricey compared to used cars for sale, which are often a lot more affordable. Once a car is bought and has been driven around a bit it instantly depreciates in value, meaning you can pick up a really good, almost new runner at a fraction of the price than something you’ve revved off the manufacturer’s display floor.
When you hear the term ‘used car’ you might automatically thing about ‘old bangers’ or vehicles so run down that they can’t even make it off the driveway. While there are a few deteriorated rides out there that are not really road worthy, reputable car dealerships will only offer vehicles that are fit to be sold on – and you’ll be surprised by the great variety of used and nearly new cars out there.
Of course, when buying a new car, you won’t have to think about its history – as there isn’t one. It was made, it was sold to you – that’s about it. With a used car, however, it’s crucial to assess its service history and to have a mechanic look it over if you feel the need. Not only will this give you peace of mind but it will ensure you’re aware of any current or potential problems before making a purchase.
Just because you’re buying a used car does not mean you have to be stuck in the dark ages with a tape player – unless you have nothing against a tape deck that can be found in old Citroen Saxo models and such like. These days, even second hand cars often have an exceptional technology specification, offering everything from Bluetooth and USP ports to smartphone compatibility. It all depends what generation of vehicle you’re looking at, the marque in question and, of course, your budget. As with new cars, the more you are willing to pay the more advanced your vehicle is likely to be.
Head to your local dealer to find a selection of used cars for sale. Remember that the Approved Used label and variations thereof are an indication that checks have been made on the vehicle’s mechanics and history. With a wide range of finance solutions available o pre-owned models too, buying a used car is more affordable than ever.