Bearing in mind just how many of us are having a hard time keeping on top of our finances at the moment, it might seem to you as if buying a car is a bit of an extravagance. Certainly, buying a new car may well be beyond your price range. However, provided you look in the right places, you should be able to find some genuine bargains – and this is why it’s worth thinking about just what used cars have to offer. More and more motorists are opting to buy used cars, and with good reason. But just why should you choose a used car over a brand new motor?
Don’t forget the depreciation
It’s important to remember that used cars have a tendency to depreciate rapidly in value, particularly over the first few years of their lifespan. This could mean that if, for whatever reason, you find yourself needing to sell a car a couple of years after buying it brand new, you may have no choice but to accept a significantly lower price than the one you originally paid for it. It should go without saying that this is an expense that many of us simply cannot afford at the present time. However, you should also remember that this depreciation is likely to work in your favour as a second-hand buyer – so you should be able to find two or three-year-old cars available at a price which offers genuine value for money.
Think long term
When you buy a used car, you should expect to get at least a few years of reliable service out of it. This is why it’s a good idea to be careful before you go ahead and commit yourself to buying. The first thing you really need to think about is just what sort of car you actually want to buy. Consider what you’re actually likely to be using your car for. If you’re only going to be using it to help you complete short journeys, then perhaps a small runaround will do the job. On the other hand, if you live in the countryside and you frequently encounter tricky terrain, then perhaps you need something a bit more heavy duty. Whatever your needs, working out what sort of vehicle you’re looking for beforehand can help you avoid the temptation of splashing out on a motor which later turns out to be ill-suited to your requirements.
Find a reliable dealer
Used cars – and particularly used car dealers – might have had a bit of a bad public image in the past, but this has largely dissipated now, and justifiably so. The vast majority of used car dealers are reputable, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be on your guard against those who might seek to rip you off. Before you buy a used car, it’s well worth carrying out a spot of research so you can get a better idea of just what it is you’re likely to be getting for your money. Arrange an appointment with the vendor to check the car up close before you buy, and make sure you take a good look to see whether there are any signs of wear and tear. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you feel they need to be asked. This should help you get your hands on the used car that’s just right for you.