Should I Buy a New or Used Car?

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A common dilemma that many car buyers face is whether to buy new or used. Although pre-owned vehicles are usually less expensive than newer models, there are many advantages to buying a new or used car. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Advantages of Buying a Used Car

  • It’s less costly
    As we mentioned earlier, buying a used car typically costs less than purchasing a new vehicle. With lower used car costs, you typically get lower monthly car payments, and you may be able to get shorter financing terms.

  • It depreciates less
    The second you drive a new car off the lot, its value depreciates. By purchasing used instead of new, the first owner absorbs most of the depreciation while you get a much lower-priced car that depreciates more slowly.

  • You can easily research the car’s history
    Companies like or make it much easier for used car buyers to check the car’s history. A vehicle history report can show you a car's title history, its record of maintenance, how many owners it has had, and information about collision and repairs.

Advantages of Buying a New Car

  • You’re the first owner
    One of the great things about buying a new car is that you don’t have to worry about wear and tear, whether previous owners mistreated the vehicle, were involved in accidents, or failed to do routine maintenance.

  • Less investigative work
    Rather than researching the car’s history (since there is none), you can spend your time researching the type of car you want.

  • The latest technology and features
    Another advantage of buying a new car is that it can come with the latest technology and features such as a heated steering wheel, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, and Apple Play/Android Auto.

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