There can be a lot of good reasons why it’s better to buy used or pre-loved cars. Even if there are quite a lot of brand new choices nowadays, there are still a few compelling choices to get a used car.
First of all, you may really want to buy a specific car model for years now and you may have actually found one of a particular model year with a much lower price today. Also, you might have the cash to be able to afford a used car but wouldn’t want to deal with all the hassle by paying for several years like you would usually do with a brand new car. You may also be running a small business and somehow you see yourself saving a lot more cash if you just get a used car to own compared to getting a brand new one.
However, keep in mind that because of the fact that these are already used cars, you may expect these to have its pitfalls. Not like a brand new car wherein it is expected to have everything running perfectly, you can only depend on the reliability of the used car based on the previous owner’s driving and maintenance habits. You may want to keep the following things in mind whenever you plan to go for a used car:
Expect to replace more parts with higher mileage. You may start replacing inexpensive things like brake pads and fuel filters, but you should know for a fact that this could actually get bigger such as having to deal with transmission overhaul or even a new radiator or perhaps a replacement of A/C compressor. You should also see to it that you get yourself a copy of the car’s periodic maintenance schedule so that you’ll exactly know what to do with the car.
Avoid being cheap. Of course, you can be thrifty, yes, but if you decide to delay replacement of worn parts, you’ll definitely have to spend a lot more. This is particularly true for the cooling system where things would get a lot worse if replacement of this item is delayed.
Make a budget for two things: one for your initial payment for car purchase and one to make it truly roadworthy. You might want to set aside, say 20% of the total price as your budget for fixing things. Doing so will guarantee you a budget to help you deal with all the parts that need to be replaced.
Know more about the car by doing a thorough research. It is very important that you know the car’s reputation that you’re planning to buy and in order for you to do this, you should talk with somebody you know who owned that specific model you’re eyeing.