One of the biggest inconveniences in life is having to buy a new car. Perhaps your old vehicle has thrown in the towel and isn’t as feisty as it used to be. You now have to spend hours searching online and visiting dealerships to find a vehicle that meets your needs. You’ll have to test drive multiple cars, negotiate with sellers, and sign all the complicated paperwork that guarantees your ownership of your new set of wheels.
Most people want to own a brand new car. A vehicle that has never been driven before and really makes you feel as if you own it. But for many, this is not an affordable goal. Factory fresh cars are significantly more expensive than used models, so you need to have a comfortable bank balance to do so. Of course, there are financing options that allow you to pay in installments over a set period, but you’ll still end up paying a hefty sum.
For the vast majority, a secondhand car is the only practical solution. But there is no reason to turn your nose up at a used vehicle. Just because a car has had previous owners, it doesn’t make it any less likely to get you from A to B. There will certainly be sneaky dealers out there who want to sell you an old deathtrap for a sky-high fee, but as long as you find the right deal and know what to look for, you can buy a perfectly serviceable secondhand car.
If you’re still not convinced, here are four great reasons to go secondhand.
It is cheaper
The most obvious reason to buy a used vehicle is that it offers you better value for money. You will pay a fraction of the sum you would for a new vehicle, and you will usually make further savings on cheaper repairs and replacement parts. You will have more money in the bank to spend on the things that really matter.
A secondhand car can be just as reliable
Some people can be reluctant to go secondhand because they think the car will be unreliable or faulty. But as long as you ask the dealer for all the relevant information then there will be no nasty surprises. You should be able to obtain a full service history as well as details about previous ownership and mileage. This will help you to make the right decision.
No waiting period
If you’ve just put down a deposit on the brand new 2021 Toyota Camry then you most likely won’t be able to drive it off the lot on the same day. Most dealerships only house one or two show models of newer cars so you will have to wait a while. With a used vehicle, however, you can take it home as soon as the money changes hands.
When you buy brand new, you will probably be making payments on your new car for years. But what if you fancy a change? Spending less money on a car you’re not that attached to means you can easily upgrade your wheels if you come into some money or see a new car you like, but you don’t have this freedom with a factory-fresh model.