When it comes time to buy your next vehicle, you have two primary options. You can either buy a brand new vehicle or you can get one that is pre-owned. Getting a pre-owned vehicle comes with some great benefits that may make it the best option for you. Below, we’ll outline some of the great advantages of getting a used vehicle along with how you can find the perfect pre-owned vehicle for yourself starting today.
If you’re unsure of whether you want to get a pre-owned vehicle or a new one, there are some significant benefits to getting a used one. Below are just a few of the benefits you may be able to get with a used car:
For starters, used vehicles are typically more affordable. As soon as a vehicle starts accumulating miles, its value begins to depreciate. Therefore, a car with some miles on it will cost less than a new one. However, many used vehicles are still in great shape, even though they have miles on them.
What you really want to think about is how many miles you’ll likely still get from that vehicle. Many cars can accumulate over 100k miles, and sometimes even more if they are well taken care of. Use the number of miles you are likely to get from a vehicle as a basis for determining its value and you can likely save yourself a lot of money.
With the lower payments comes the ability to pay the car off sooner. Paying off a new car can often take many years, especially if you start off with a lease or opt for lower monthly payments. With a used car, however, you may be able to complete payments on your loan in just a few years. Then you won’t have to worry about that monthly payment anymore, which is a great luxury. In addition, the longer you keep your vehicle after that, the more value you’re getting from it.
Insurance companies often base their costs on the value of the vehicle they are insuring. Therefore, if you have a car that has a lower value, you will likely have lower insurance costs as well. It’s important to factor in your insurance costs when considering the total cost of owning a vehicle, as auto insurance is required everywhere. Talk to your insurance provider about the difference in policy costs between a car valued under $20k and a brand new one to see the difference.
Finally, with used vehicles, there are more options available. If you want a brand new vehicle, you can only choose from models released this year. In addition, due to the popularity of new vehicles, the model or trim you want may not be available. With pre-owned vehicles, however, you can choose from any vehicle made in the past. There are always plenty of options available, allowing you to have more say over the types of features you get for your money.
When shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, there are some things you’ll want to consider to ensure that you get a car that’s right for you. Below are three things to keep in mind for each car you consider:
The cost is perhaps the most important factor. The reason you’re buying a pre-owned vehicle is likely that you’re trying to save money. Think about how much you’re saving on getting a used vehicle versus a pre-owned one. If you’re not saving much money, then perhaps you would be better off getting a new vehicle instead. Also, ensure that the price is something you are able to pay each month. If you’re unsure, you can talk with our sales staff about your payment options to ensure the monthly payment is something you can fit into your budget.
The other primary consideration is the condition of the vehicle. You don’t want to buy a pre-owned vehicle only for it to experience major complications a week later. Before buying a used vehicle, learn as much about it as you can. This includes getting a full accident report and vehicle history. You should also try to learn what sort of maintenance or repair work has been done on the vehicle. If it would make you feel more comfortable, you can have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic.
Finally, you should see if there are any warranties on the vehicle. Some pre-owned vehicles are still under warranty for parts of the vehicle. These warranties cover things like the engine and transmission and typically last for a set number of miles or years. If there is still a warranty covering the vehicle, this can help protect you in the event that something breaks down after you purchase the vehicle. Talk with the sales staff to learn why types of warranties are available and how much longer they will cover the car.
Ready to drive home in a new-to-you vehicle for a great price? Explore our inventory of used cars for sale under 20k today! If you have any questions about our current inventory before stopping by, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to helping you find the perfect INFINITI car under 20k.