Driving It Home — 6 Unexpected Benefits Of Buying A Used Vehicle

Did you know that 75% of car buyers say their next vehicle will be purchased used?

Buying used vehicles has never been uncommon, but in recent years it’s become the preferred option for most drivers.

There’s the obvious reason of course — they cost a heck of a lot less.

It goes deeper than that, though, and some of the benefits you might not expect.

Here are a few things to consider before driving a new car off the lot.

  1. Options

It’s nice to have options, lots of variety to choose from — but all your options have to fit within your budgets.

A budget that would give you a few options when it comes to new cars, will allow you to choose almost any used vehicle.

2. Depreciation

When you drive a brand new car off the lot, it’s a nice feeling.

Until you realize that the second you exited the parking lot, your new car lost nearly a third of its value.

A used car on the other hand loses value incredibly slowly, and can often increase in value with some minor repairs.

3. Long Term Reliability

New cars come off the production line in mint condition — but how long will they last, and what’s going to break first?

Nobody actually knows because they haven’t had a few years of field testing.

Used cars are easy to research now, and you can find out just how long they’re likely to last and what problems are most common.

4. Extended Lifetime

20 or 30 years ago it might have made more sense to buy a new car — used cars didn’t last all that long.

Things have changed though, and the engineering that has gone into newer vehicles has greatly extended their expected lives.

It’s not uncommon anymore for vehicles to be running well past the 100,000-mile mark.

5. Warranty

The warranty on today’s vehicles can last quite a long time.

A used vehicle that’s not too old can still have years left under warranty.

6. Certified Pre-Owned

CPO vehicles can provide you with the same peace of mind you would get from buying a new car — because you can be sure it’s still in great shape.

These vehicles are gently used, rigorously tested, and perfectly reconditioned.

To qualify as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle a car has to meet strict requirements for age and mileage before the dealership will even consider it.

While it’s not exactly an immediate benefit to you, buying a used car is also beneficial to the environment — as long as it’s not super old.

So the next time you’re shopping around for a new car, consider getting a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle instead.

It’s better for your wallet, will give you more options, and even helps the environment.

That’s a certified win-win situation.

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