BENEFITS OF BUYING USED
Still wondering whether you should buy a new car or a used car? Buying a brand-new car has its benefits, but a slightly used car is also a great buy for anyone looking for their next ride. Here are a few good reasons for checking out a used vehicle from Puklich Chevrolet.
Less Expensive Than New
Whether you’re on a tight budget or just don’t want to spend too much on a new car, going used simply gives you less sticker shock. That’s because used cars simply cost less than their brand-new counterparts, even with various rebates, discounts and incentives factored in. The reduced asking price of a typical used car gives you yet another advantage – you’ll be able to pay it off faster, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars in finance fees and interest.
One of the biggest complaints people often have about buying a new car is how quickly depreciation sets in. A typical new car loses around 11 percent of its value as soon as it leaves the lot and upwards to 60 percent of its value over three years. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for any buyer looking to sell or trade up to another vehicle in just a few years.
With a used car, the worst of the depreciation curve is already behind it. Not only do you benefit through a much lower price and much less severe depreciation, but you may even see your used vehicle gain value as the years pass.
The new car market offers plenty of choice with anywhere from 300 to 400 new car models offered for sale in the U.S. at any given time. However, those choices can still feel a bit limiting if you’re looking for a particular model, trim and color combination or miss out on features offered for only one year. The used car market, in contrast, offers a literal smorgasbord of brands, models, and trim levels to choose from.
If you’re looking for a particular body style that’s hard to find on the new car market, going used may be your best option. Take small pickup trucks, for example. While the mid-sized Chevy Colorado offers a smaller alternative to traditional full-size pickups, the used market offers numerous examples like the Chevy S-10 that offer a closer fit to what you’re looking for.
Buying a used car also lets you stretch your budget further, allowing you to get more car for your money. For the list price of a typical compact SUV that seats up to five, for example, you can step up to a slightly older midsize SUV that easily accommodates seven passengers while offering more features. Instead of settling for the base trim of a brand-new vehicle, you can opt for a used version of the same car equipped with a higher trim level for the same money.
Certified Pre-Owned Programs
Most people enjoy the peace of mind that owning a brand-new car provides. That also explains why some people have anxiety when it comes to buying a used car or shy away from used cars altogether. Fortunately, most automakers are addressing those fears by offering certified pre-owned cars as an alternative to the typical used car.
Unlike ordinary used cars, certified pre-owned cars are thoroughly inspected according to rigorous standards set by the manufacturer itself. Cars that pass muster are reconditioned and offered for sale with warranty coverage, which helps eases fears about reliability. You’ll also get benefits like roadside assistance and free rentals in the event your vehicle needs servicing. Certified pre-owned cars are a great way to buy a used car without the worries that often come with used cars.
Cheaper Long-Term Costs
Owning a vehicle has its long-term costs, but going used could give you a well-needed break when it comes to maintenance, insurance, and registration costs. For starters, parts for used vehicles are often cheaper thanks to the broader pool of available parts and aftermarket support. Since used vehicles cost less to repair or replace, insurance companies often charge less to cover them.
You’ll also enjoy lower registration fees when you buy a used car. Most states base their fees on a vehicle’s age, so the older your vehicle, the less you’ll pay each year to keep it legally registered on the road.
These are just a few benefits of buying a used car from Puklich Chevrolet. Stop by today and let our dedicated sales team help you choose the right used car, truck, SUV, or minivan that best suits you.