Top Five Reasons to Buy a Used Car

Author // NPR Car Talk
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If you’re in the market for a car, chances are you’ve considered the benefits of buying a used car and buying a new car. While buying new has many advantages, there are also many great reasons to buy used. To help you on your search, we have complied a list of what we think are the top five reasons to buy a used car as opposed to a new one.

1. Lower Cost

A used car is oftentimes more affordable than a new one. In fact, pre owned vehicles in the U.S. can be 35-40% cheaper than new vehicles.

2. Lower Insurance Cost

Insurance costs are always a concern whether you are looking at used cars or new ones. In general, you’ll pay less to insure a used car than you would for a new version of the same model.

3. Safety

A common worry when purchasing a used car is that they aren’t as safe as a new car. However, safety features such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, and side air bags have been commonplace for several years so most pre owned vehicles should have them. You can always ask an auto tech to find out which are the safest used cars in your price range. You will likely be surprised by how many options you have.

4. Reliability

Of course a pre owned vehicle’s lower price doesn’t mean as much if you will have to invest in too many major repairs in the future. Fortunately, Consumer Reports’ annual subscriber surveys have shown that five year old cars have one third fewer problems than five year old cars did in 2007. With proper maintenance, the safest used cars (and also the highest quality ones) should be able to surpass 100,000 miles without major overhaul and many may even reach 200,000 miles.

5. Choice

Since you will not be limited to models released within the last year or two, you will have a much wider selection of cars to choose from when buying used.

A car is an investment and, therefore, choosing the one to buy is an important decision. If you decide to buy used, it’s a great idea to research which are the safest used cars and also which are the most reliable. It also helps to talk to an expert auto mechanic who can help you learn what to look for when purchasing a used car and which dealerships are the most reputable.

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