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So the time has come for you to buy a new car or replace your existing vehicle. Some people will suggest you buy a brand new vehicle so that you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong with it. Others will say there are many benefits of buying a used car that should not be overlooked. Although there is no right or wrong answer, there are definitely some benefits to buying a used vehicle that one should consider before committing to a new purchase. Here are just some points to ponder.
1. Used vehicles do not depreciate as quickly as newer ones. This is one of the biggest and most well known downfalls of buying a brand new vehicle. Did you know that the value of a new vehicle can depreciate by as much as 30 percent by the time it is just two or three years old? Even by purchasing a used vehicle that is only a few years old, you will save yourself that plunge in value. This is the reason why many new car buyers are upside down on their loans. Simply put, a brand new vehicle depreciates at a faster rate than most people are making their payments for the first few years of car ownership. As such, new car buyers often find themselves owing more than their vehicle is worth if they did not lay out a large down payment at the time of their initial purchase. In the event that the car was ever totaled in an accident, the insurance company would base the total loss payout on the actual market value of the vehicle rather than the amount owed on that vehicle. This leads to instances of people having to continue to pay for a vehicle that they no longer have just to make good on the deficit.
2. You will pay less sales tax. As you might already know, when you purchase a vehicle, you will be responsible for paying sales tax on the purchase cost of that vehicle. If you were to purchase a new vehicle at a cost of, let’s say $24,000 , this can definitely add up. Suppose the sales tax rate in your area is 8%. Sales tax on a $24,000 vehicle would be just shy of $2,000. If you were to purchase a used vehicle, for let’s say $8,000, your sales tax liability would be a mere $640. What a difference!
3. Your car insurance may be cheaper. Depending on the vehicle, some insurance companies have cheaper rates for used vehicles because they typically weigh less and cost less to repair in the event of an accident claim. If you were curious to see just how much your insurance would be prior to purchasing your replacement vehicle you can simply contact your insurance company and give them the VIN number for the prospective vehicle and they will be able to tell you what the insurance premium would be for that particular vehicle.
4. Used cars cost less to repair. Because there is an abundance of parts available for used vehicles, the cost of their parts is generally cheaper. This is good news if you have to replace a part on your vehicle that otherwise would not be covered under a warranty, such as a wear and tear item.
Speaking of repairs, if you have ever owned a brand new vehicle, you are sure to remember the anxiety you felt when you got the first scratch or parking lot ding on your new vehicle. When you purchase a used car, even if it comes in excellent shape with no dings or dents, you are not as likely to feel that same level of anxiety as you would when you suffer a dent on a vehicle you’ve just driven off a new car lot. For this reason, you may be able to enjoy your new used car purchase even more.
5. Finally, you won’t have that dreaded car payment everyone is always complaining about. One of the biggest advantages buying a used vehicle is you may be able to avoid a car payment on together if you have put aside enough cash. Even if financing a used vehicle is your only option, the good news is that your payments will be significantly lower than if you had purchased a brand new vehicle off the showroom floor.
Buying a vehicle may be one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Taking the time to do your research before making your purchase can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run, and who doesn’t like to save money?