Brand New or Used, Which Car to Buy?

Brand New or Used, Which Car to Buy?

You are probably going to make many decisions when buying a new vehicle. We have put together some pros & cons to remember before you start your shopping to help guide you in the right direction.

Firstly, the Insured Car Is Essential.

It is an investment to add another car to your family garage, no doubt about that. You get significant discounts on your insurance when you insure more than one vehicle on the same policy. If your car is fresh or used, you will save when you insure more than one of them.

The Disagreement on Interest Rates

Unbelievably, when buying new vehicles, the interest rates are lower than the interest rates for purchasing used cars. For prime borrowers, those with credit scores between 661 and 780, the bank rate lists interest rates at 3.59 percent for new vehicles and 5.12 percent for used cars. The bottom line is that you should expect to pay more for used cars than for new vehicles per dollar borrowed.

The Great Race of Depreciation

Depreciation can be a killer for new vehicles because the value always drops steeply after the first year of ownership. Many of these vehicles qualify for certification programs from carmakers.

In contrast to used cars that are not factory-certified, these programs provide extra scrutiny and care when preparing vehicles for sale. Also, provide expanded benefits and warranties to consumers for a slightly higher selling price.

Previous Owners’ Leftovers 

However, if you purchase a used car, you might have a few residual leftovers from the previous owner or owners, such as stains on the carpets or the seats. Alternatively, the lingering tobacco smell or the favorite incense of the previous owner. Please enjoy those smells. Not so much if you find them disagreeable.

If it’s a scratch in the paint, a smudge on the mirror, or just a slight tear in the seat fabric that you can see, when you’re searching for a new addition to the family, you may find that the blemishes from a used car are a deal-breaker for you.

Considerations of Warranty 

If you buy a late-model used car, it is necessary to read the fine print and know which (if any) warranty provisions can pass to you. Otherwise, you might want to make sure that you buy cars known for their reliability. So that you do not have to pay out of pocket in the supermarket.

Advanced Features in Security 

While some used vehicles can give you the best safety features as options or add-ons for their model years, many new cars on the market today have some beautiful technical safety features.

More significantly, many car manufacturers are struggling to upgrade their safety systems. And the most innovative options available are often only for newer vehicles. Some are mandatory, and some are optional. The thing about purchasing a new car is that you can choose to have all those options mounted on your vehicle at the time of purchase, which is not always true for used vehicles.

Taxes, Tags, and the Cost of Registration 

Because most states charge sales tax on selling new and used vehicles alike, you are expected to pay tax according to the car’s costs regardless of its year. 

Payments Should Be Monthly.

The amount of money you pay per month for your transport varies unless you purchase your vehicle outright. And that depends on your down payment and the retail value of the car.