That new-car smell, those cushiony seats, and those shiny new buttons that come with a new vehicle sure are alluring. But is a new vehicle versus a used vehicle the right decision for you? A simple Google search on the topic yields countless results that leave car shoppers more inclined to hide in their trunk than hit the pavement on a quest to find their next vehicle. Let’s get you out of the trunk and into the driver’s seat as we explore which route is right for you.
Most people assume new cars are more expensive than their used counterparts, which is mostly accurate. However, a higher price tag now can mean less money spent over time. A new vehicle won’t need maintenance for the first several thousand miles, and then only an oil change and tune-ups are required. Manufacturers also typically cover new vehicles under warranty for at least 3 years or more. If you crave even further peace of mind, consider our exclusive lifetime Warranty Forever™ Program that features an engine, transmission, and powertrain warranty, including seals and gaskets, for as long as you own the vehicle without any extra money added to your bottom line. The Warranty Forever™ Program is available for qualifying used vehicles as well.
Moreover, if you have good credit, it’s often possible to finance a new-vehicle purchase with little or no down payment through rebates, dealer incentives, and other offers made by the manufacturer. Financing a used car will usually require a down payment. However, keep in mind that new cars depreciate—that is, lose their value—when they are driven off the lot. With a used vehicle, there typically isn’t a substantial depreciation hit. There’s also less “mental depreciation” about the first drive on snowy roads or parking-lot ding because chances are the car’s previous owner or owners took care of those for you.
Additionally, new vehicles can be more reliable than used ones and typically feature the newest-available safety features—such as advanced frontal airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), antilock braking systems (ABS), and curtain airbags—and the highest standards for fuel efficiency. It’s also important to remember many people view new vehicle purchases as a social cachet, whether it’s because of their pride, ego, or status. There’s no question that driving a new vehicle packs a big psychological punch for many people. With that said, the used-car market has changed dramatically in the past few years. Today’s new cars—and thus used cars—are simply made better, increasing the pool of quality used vehicles from which to choose.
Further, used vehicle purchases can be somewhat of an unknown; buyers are not aware of how the vehicle has been driven or the care and maintenance that have been put into it. Luckily, there are firms like CarFax and the like that may provide us with this information. These firms will track down the history of your prospective vehicle by its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), usually listed on a metal plate just inside the windshield. If the car has ever been sent to a junkyard, a salvage title will show up on the report. Used vehicles can also offer lower insurance rates for wallet-conscious shoppers.
In the end, the decision you make is a personal one and should be made to suit your individual needs. We suggest stopping into one of our locations on Route 30 in Irwin or on Pittsburgh Rd in Uniontown, and looking at vehicles. Test drive a few vehicles, and find out the calculated numbers. Keep our advice in mind, and make the decision for YOU.