When purchasing a new car, the first question that comes to mind is often: “new or used?”. It is one of the toughest decisions to make. Some suggestions from friends or family can just make things harder. However, your decision to buy a used or brand new unit boils down to your budget and preference.
Before you head to the nearest car dealer, let this guide help you make a sound decision. Below are the advantages of new and used cars:
Advantages of used cars
Cheaper – compared to new cars, used cars are relatively cheaper. Often, you can get better value out of this deal.
More choices - the market is literally flooded with different makes and models. This makes it easier to find the right vehicle for your needs. Although, some features may be missing from a certain used model. However, the money you can save from the purchase can help you add those missing features.
No depreciation - since it is a used unit, its market value has already depreciated. Once you drive it out of the dealer’s lot, its value is not going to decrease as fast as a new car.
Lower insurance rates - insurance rates are affected by a vehicle’s age. In this case, since it is a used unit, the rates are lower compared to insuring brand new ones. Just remember to do your research before accepting any insurance offers.
Used cars may not be as appealing as new cars, however, there are hundreds of well-maintained pre-owned units in the market. These units are thoroughly checked and certified road-worthy. Some dealers also offer extended warranties for used cars.
Advantages of brand-new cars
Unique - your car must suit your lifestyle and new cars can be made to order. Dealers can help you find the right accessories, exterior add-ons and body colours to suit your preferences. Interior leather covers, dashboard accessories and the car’s body colour helps make a brand new car uniquely designed for a customer.
Manufacturer’s warranty - one of the advantages of buying a new car is its warranty. It is easy to purchase warranties for used cars. However, you may need to pay an extra premium for it. Brand new cars already come with a manufacturer’s warranty – for free!
Best options and features - new units usually come packed with tech features like touchscreen multimedia consoles, GPS navigation interfaces or driver-assist technology. The best in car tech are usually featured on brand new models.
Lower maintenance expenses - vehicle manufacturers usually cover routine maintenance items for the first 10,000 kilometres. New batteries, an exhaust system, brakes and tires are not needed in the first three years of ownership.
Some people prefer brand new cars because it gives them a sense of pride. Owning one means selecting a unit, which reflects their personality. In addition, it also gives them peace of mind while driving their new purchase. These advantages can help you decide on what to purchase on your next visit at the dealership.
If you are in the market for a new Subaru in Brisbane, come visit Bartons. They have a variety of new and used cars on sale. For enquiries, you may call them on these numbers: Wynnum – (07) 3087 7333 and Capalaba – (07) 3198 1188.