Should I Buy a New or Used Car?
If you’re in the market for a motor, there are lots of decisions to make and choices to consider. One of the most fundamental things to determine is whether a new or used car will suit you best.
Second-hand cars will always be a cheaper outright purchase than a brand new set of wheels, but if you do the sums, you might find that a pre-loved vehicle costs you more in ongoing maintenance and repairs. Deciding between a new or used car, then, comes down to the following basic factors:
- Frequency of use. How often are you likely to drive your new car, and how many miles will you do in a typical year? If you won’t be a heavy user, a second-hand car might be perfectly adequate for your needs.
- Will you be taking your car on lots of off-roading adventures, or mainly using it for the school run? You need to think about how much wear and tear your car will need to withstand. New cars quickly lose their value and if it’s likely to be driven across rough terrain, a used car may be more suitable.
- Talking of losing value, some cars depreciate faster than others. That’s one reason to choose a Land Rover – these perennially popular 4x4s are in constant demand, so as long as they’re well looked after, they tend to retain their value better than most other makes.
- Cash flow. Do you have a limited amount of money to spend outright? Cash-flow issues might suggest a second-hand car is a better choice for you – although you could investigate finance options if you are buying brand new.
There’s nothing that quite compares with driving an immaculate new car, straight off the production line. If you’re a connoisseur of all things auto, saving money might not be your top priority. But the right second-hand car can also be a great buy. The key when choosing between a new or used car is to think about what matters most to you.
- Aesthetics and appearance. Are you the type of person who takes pride in your image? A new car might have extra value to you in that case.
- Rare models. If you’re a vintage car enthusiast, you may have no choice but to buy a used model. For example, now that the Land Rover has ceased production of their classic Defender, fans are flocking to buy Defenders second hand.
- Take a test drive. Performance is important and the only way to know for sure how your car will drive is to go ahead and drive it. Book a test drive to get a good feel for the vehicle. You never know – the new car you’ve been lusting after might not be for you, once you’ve taken it out on the road.
Whether you choose a new or used car, it’s important to keep it in good condition with regular services. So, if your latest car is a Land Rover, be sure to use our specialist Land Rove services here at Broadfields, to keep it running as good as new.
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