|New Vs. Used|
Everyone knows that when you are at the dealership every brand-new, shiny car looks like the perfect car for you. However, before you drop a couple of extra Gs on those brand new wheels, you might want to consider the less alluring, but far more practical, alternative of buying a used car.
It doesnít take a genius to know that buying a new car has its benefits. First and foremost is the prestige that comes with telling everyone who gets in your new car how much you love that ďnew-car smell.Ē However, the new car smell isnít the only up side to purchasing a new car. All new cars come with a warranty that covers most mechanical malfunctions on your car within a certain mileage. Basically, having a warranty means that if something breaks on your car, the dealership will replace it for free. Unfortunately, warranties donít cover parts that are designed to wear out like tires. Also, bear in mind that should YOU break something on your car (if you run into your garage, for example) the dealership cannot be held responsible. The only time the dealer will fix your car for free is if it breaks on its own.
When you buy a new car you also save yourself the headache of wondering whether or not the car has been well maintained. Luckily, every new car should work, sound and look like a well oiled machine. Thus, if it doesnít, you know something is seriously wrong with the car before you buy it. On the other hand, a used car can have some major problems that you never discover during the test drive. Often times these problems only surface once a mechanic has checked under the hood. New cars also tend to come equipped with better safety equipment, higher crash test ratings and slightly better gas mileage than used cars.
But donít sign the check for your brand new car just yet. New cars have their downfalls too. Every new car will lose 20-40% of its value within the first 1-3 years of ownership. By purchasing a used car, you let the previous owner take on the largest portion of the depreciation value. Once a car is a few years old, the rate of depreciation begins to taper off. Another added bonus is that many used cars have been well maintained and run just like the day they were originally purchased. Thus, you are getting an excellent vehicle for a lower price.
However, just like new cars, used cars have their pitfalls. If you buy a car that hasnít been taken care of you are likely to run into some major problems as the mileage increases. You may find yourself facing expensive maintenance fees to keep your car running further down the road. If your car has been poorly maintained, you wonít just have to replace the usual things (like the alternator, the battery, or the starter), but you may also have problems with parts that were designed to last the lifetime of the car (like the axle or the doors). Used cars also donít come with warranties folded into the purchasing price. Therefore, if you want a warranty for a used car, youíll have to purchase one separately from the original price of your car. You also have the option of skipping the warranty and simply replacing parts as they wear out.
When it comes time to make the decision between buying a new or a used car, make sure you do your research. Never buy a used car without paying a mechanic to thoroughly inspect it first. Also make sure to consider the types of cars you can get that are in your price range. You may be able to buy a new car for the same price as a used one that is considered to be a more reliable make or model. It is your decision, but remember donít be blinded by flashy colors, fresh paint or the prestige of owning a new car.
|On Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008, jaden said:|
i think that an older car would be better because the engine is used to running
|On Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008, troi said:|
hello i just wanted to say that i think that this is a good idea.
|On Thursday, 12 Apr 2007, Emily said:|
Once when my mom bought a used car and the transmission broke within a month. The warranty she bought more than paid for itself so I think it's best to always get a warranty.
|On Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008, mia said:|
I plan on getting a used car but no one will ever no one will ever know because it's going to be hard to tell . I am going to fix it up and it will look brandnew ya dig
|On Thursday, 3 May 2007, Jeffrey said:|
I plan on buying a used car that is reconditioned and i will inspect it with all of my knowledge being applied.
|On Thursday, 5 May 2011, j money said:|
i think a new car is needed for every one getting there first car cause it teaches them more responsibilty on how to treat the vehicle cause someone getting a used car dosent care cause its used but if its new they want it to stay looking new and stuff so new is the way
|On Monday, 4 Jun 2007, Paulina said:|
Yeah, a used car is best for the reason that its cheaper. I agree with Emily, a warranty is always best. If it's because of looks, there are thousands of cars out there that are used and look good-for a good price-.
|On Thursday, 7 Jun 2007, TEW said:|
|On Friday, 14 Jun 2013, Harrison said:|
I believe that classic cars are the best. They were built back when cars were meant to last.
|On Friday, 29 Jun 2007, Cassidy said:|
When I get older I also agree that I am going to buy a used car. There are many upsides to getting a NEW car, and one thing that is always a plus for people is that nobody has literally taken the car home. But have you seen the deals on used cars? Here are a little bit of plus side info on used cars:
1) A lot of the cars that used car dealership sells look no different from a new one. Used car dealership's can promise that they will give you the best car <<OTHER THAN NEW>> that they can give.
2) Used cars cost A LOT LESS! They are great and affordable! AT THE EXACT SAME TIME!!!
3) They have great deals. Unlike other car dealership's used car dealership's say, "IF YOUR CAR IS BROKEN WE WILL FIX IT FOR FREE!" What a deal!
That is personally why I like used cars. And if anyone wants to know: when I am 16, I want a hot pink Jetta!
|On Monday, 30 Jun 2008, Josh said:|
Hello, and my name is Josh, i just think that no teen should have a new car, it's crazy!!
|On Thursday, 26 Jul 2007, blk dued said:|
new cars are great, but used cars are easier to buy (thats what i think, anyway)
|On Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007, Charlie said:|
Do your homework! Check and compare by going online and doing research. Just because you want a car doesn't necessarily mean you need an SUV or high end car.
Never sign anything until you are sure of what you are buying. Last thing you want is to be stuck with a loan and a car that no longer runs.
|On Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007, snoozbuster said:|
I'll probly get a used car
|On Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009, titus said:|
i am looking for a lambergeni
|On Monday, 5 Nov 2007, Boaz said:|
TALK TO MECHANICS ABOUT:
1. WHAT COSTS MORE TO FIX ?
2.AT WHAT MILEAGE THAT COULD HAPPEN?
3. HOW MUCH FOR PARTS AND LABOR?
4. NEGOTIATE WITH DEALERS AS LOW AS U CAN GET THEM AND THEM LEAVE. U MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET IT CHEAPER.
5. INSPECT THE CAR A LOT!!! EVERY SINGLE LIGHT AND SWITCH. U CAN GET MONEY OFF THE PRICE!
|On Friday, 7 Nov 2008, jordyn said:|
most teens wreck atleast one of their first 3 cars/trucks.so i thinkit'd be best to get a used car.
|On Friday, 16 Nov 2007, lashanda said:|
i think buying a new car will benifit you more in the end.
|On Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007, KIERA said:|
I WAS LOOKING FOR A CAR THAT WAS AFFORDABLE
|On Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007, david said:|
I need to do a bit of saving. although I'm moving abroad due to my dads work I am going to need a car when I come back to the U.S. since I will be graduating from high school next year. however my main concern is when we are leaving since I am waiting on time for my drivers license and if we leave within the next month I wont be able to get my license but if we leave during the summer I will be able to get my drivers license. and I dont want to be 18 and not have my drivers license and need to get around but not be able to. Although I got my permit a little late I also need to get a new job since I only had a summer job.
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