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Are Used Cars Worse the Brand New? - Pros and Cons of Buying Second Hand Auto

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Are Used Cars Worse the Brand New? - Pros and Cons of Buying Second Hand Auto

Jaromto Twinds
October 20, 2012

Buying a second hand auto is a good choice if you do not want to spend much money and buy an affordable vehicle. This alternative is also good for individuals with a limited income, which cannot allow buying a new auto. However, if you think of buying a second hand auto, you need to know the downsides of having this type of auto. Thus, before you start looking for a used auto, you need to learn all advantages and disadvantages of purchasing and having such car.

Let's discuss the advantages of buying a second hand auto:

Low price

The main advantage is a low price. Most buyers prefer buying used cars because they can be purchased a significantly lower price than brand new. It is a great opportunity to purchase a desirable vehicle without applying for a loan. If you still need a loan, you can also benefit from buying a used car, because the installments will be lower, so you will get an opportunity to cut down your monthly expenses.

Of course, you will find the best price only by doing a decent research and comparing prices. A research will help you find the right vehicle, while a detailed price comparison is the easiest way to find the price that will meet your budget.

Affluence of available options

Another advantage you will get when looking for a second hand auto is the affluence of the available vehicle options. To find your ideal car you can visit local dealerships or private sellers. Buying a previously owned auto with a dealership is more safely, because you can check the dealer's reputation and read customer reviews. You can look for the available autos by switching your computer and surfing the Internet.

Cheaper insurance.

It is not a secret that car insurance is quite expensive nowadays. The total price usually depends on the type of the car its age and some other factors. Used cars are usually cheaper to insure than new, however be sure to consult your insurance agent before making your ultimate choice.

What are the disadvantages of buying a previously owned vehicle? Below you will find a few disadvantages of purchasing a used car that you should be aware of.

Possibility of buying a vehicle in a bad working condition.

Since second hand cars have certain driving history, there is a possibility to get low-quality auto. Seasoned sellers know how to hide the defects of the vehicle, as well as persuade a buyer that it is worth the stated price. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you need to be very selective and careful when buying a used car. Never purchase a vehicle before inspecting and test driving it. To get a better idea about the auto you consider purchasing, it is recommended hiring professional mechanic, who will give a detailed report about the vehicle.

High maintenance costs
Another drawback of having a used auto is higher maintenance costs. Even if you were lucky to buy a second hand car that is in good condition, you may still face some difficulties when the car gets older. To avoid high maintenance costs it is recommended to buy an automobile that has a warranty http://vehicletraders.co.za.

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