Used or New Car?

Many people wonder if they should buy a new car or get a used one. When all is said and done, I think the decision boils down to what you can ultimately afford, and which purchase will give you greater peace of mind. If you don’t have much money, then you may consider getting a used car because of the affordability. A lot of the time you can get a nicer model car that is a few years old, for the same price or cheaper than the base model of a new car. So if you are looking for more amenities then a used car may be the way to go. However, buying used obviously has its own risks associate with it. You may end up paying more over the course of the car’s life because of mechanical issues you could run into. You don’t necessarily know how its been driven or taken care of which doesn’t leave much peace of mind. Chances are a used car won’t have a warranty so any repair work will come out of pocket. That being said you will want to do your homework and make sure you have researched well and asked good questions before you buy any used car. Keep in mind that you can find good used cars. For instance, Overland Park Mazda has some great options. They currently have 141 used cars in a variety of makes and models. Chances are you are bound to find something you like and that works well for your budget. We recently purchased a used car for my husband and I will say that if you take your time and research you can walk away with a great car.

On the other hand, if you have the money and means through an auto loan, you may consider buying a new car. Not only is it new, but often you get to pick the color and all the options that are included. Another advantage with new is reduced maintenance. Usually for the first little while all the car will need is an oil change. If anything else major happens, then it is covered by warranty. Sometimes you can even find dealerships who will pay for these routine visits such as oil changes and car washes so it is even cheaper for you! The warranty gives much peace of mind to a buyer since anything associate with repairing or maintaining a car is usually relatively pricey. You can get great peace of mind with purchasing new. Sometimes new cars also come with roadside assistance. This is a nice feature that allows you to get help if you are ever stranded on the side of the road due to no gas or a hole in your tire.

Another argument for buying new includes that we are in a rough economy. Chances are you can get a much better deal on a new car today than you could even a few years ago. Dealerships are strapped with large inventories and need to get rid of it. I bought my very first car, brand new back in 2010 so it is just over 4 years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have had zero major maintenance which has been nice on my wallet and has allowed me to save.

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