The appeal of new cars can be hard to ignore when you are looking at vehicles. But the shine, and smell, of a car that just rolled out of the manufacturing plant is unmatched. Manufacturing that leaves large footprints on the environment around them. The transport ships that pollute the air with their big engines. The semis that shoot harmful vapors into the air as they deliver the new vehicles to the lot.
You may think that helping decrease the harm done to the environment may not be of interest to you. That may be the case, but the environmental impact of new cars is not the only thing to consider when looking at vehicles. Used cars and trucks are by far a better choice for you to look at when you are checking around for something different. Car and Driver states that the advantages of used cars are much more substantial than those of their brand-new counterparts.
- Money-The value of a new car drops as soon as you drive it off the lot. Every make and model will have their own depreciation rate, but the point is that used cars only lose value on a yearly basis. You can stand in front of two similar cars. Same year. Same accessories. Same everything. The value of the pre-owned car will be around half, for most of them. This is a substantial difference when you consider that other than a few miles driven on the used version, that they are the same car.
- Fees-New vehicle dealers will charge substantial amounts of fees that you are unaware. Transportation and storage fees can be in the thousands of dollars, tacked on after the asking price. A used car dealership will have a small docking fee that is added on, which is typically only a hundred or so.
- Customization-One of the biggest add-on charges that new cars will have comes from custom items. You want a bigger stereo and heated seats; you will see an increase in the asking price. Used vehicles, on the other hand, already have extras installed and have been included in the price that has been posted.
- Environment-This has already been covered in the opening of this article. It is an important topic that deserves extra coverage. The impact of the manufacturing and transporting of new cars has been given. Keeping used cars from the junkyards, which are scattered across the country, is another reason to consider. The more cars that are reused, the fewer new cars that will need to be made, and the lower the number of wasted vehicles parked in yards and fields.
- Insurance-Used vehicles have a lower insurance premium requirement. The older that you go, the lower the payment will be. Once you hit the years that are considered classic, though, rates will start going back up.
- Registration-The registration costs of used cars are also lower than that of their newer twins. You may even be able to get a great deal if the vehicle is old enough to get permanent plates on it. The cost is about two years’ worth of registration, but it lasts for the lifetime of the car.
Used cars and trucks are by far a better choice when you decide to start checking out vehicles. Most car lots will have a mechanic go through the entire vehicle, top to bottom, to ensure that it is in good condition. Some will even give you a warranty. Others will still have factory guarantees that are active. The bottom line is that used cars are well worth the time to look over.