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True Advantages And Disadvantages Of Purchasing A Used Automobile

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True Advantages And Disadvantages Of Purchasing A Used Automobile

Debra Garrett
February 1, 2013


The acquisition of a used vehicle is a wise and economical decision. Though there are many benefits of buying second hand vehicles, you should not forget about pitfalls that may catch you and turn this crucial acquisition into a huge disappointment. Among the main advantages is lower price. Even if the auto was used for just a few years, its price will be significantly lower as compared to a newly released model. This means, you can buy the auto of your dream for the smaller amount of money. Second hand cars are also cheaper to insure, thus lower insurance costs are another benefit of purchasing previously used autos.

Since the car you are purchasing is not new, you must be aware of all possible disadvantages of this acquisition. If the vehicle is old and was used for many years, you may spend much money on repairs, because such autos do not have any warranty. Thus, all repair costs should be paid out of your pocket. In other words, the older the car, the more serious and expensive repairs it may require. Make sure you consider this factor when choosing a car. If you purchase a brand new auto you get the warranty and do not have to worry about this issue.

Tracking the history of a used car may be a challenging task, because not all accidents and repairs are reported to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) or to the insurance company. Thus, discovering the auto's full history is virtually impossible, unless the previous owner reveals all secrets. Besides, seasoned dealers know how to conceal flaws and trick inexperienced buyers. Many buyers overspend just because they do not know how to choose a quality auto.

Of course, this does not mean that you should give up the idea of buying a used car and buying brand new automobile. If you know a few buying tricks you can avail all advantages of buying a second hand automobile. Below you will find a few simple recommendations that will help you find perfect deal and choose the best auto for your money.

If you have considered all pros and cons and firmly decided to purchase a used vehicle it is recommended looking for a certified automobile or CPO (certified pre-owned car). These automobiles have undergone serious examination and are proven to be safe and rarely have serious flaws. In other words, certified autos are as secure as their brand new counterparts are. When purchasing a certified second hand vehicle you will get an extended warranty that will help avoid expensive repair costs.

Generally, certified automobiles are more expensive than regular second hand vehicles, but benefits that come with this acquisition are worth the money you will pay. Certified autos are available in a great assortment, thus you need to do a decent research to find a car that meets your requirements and budget. If you want to find the best deal do not be in a hurry.

Buying a certified second hand automobile is a wise investment, because this is the main guarantee of getting a quality vehicle.


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