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Why Buy a Used Car?

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Why Buy a Used Car?

Levi Quinn
April 2, 2011

Levi Quinn

Despite the encroaching responsibility of making car payments, purchasing a new car can be a very exciting experience. Sure, the novelty wears off after awhile, but there is something about the feeling of driving home in a new car that has the ability to block out those ever-present thoughts concerning payments, even if just for a day or two. When looking for a car, though, everyone is faced with one important question: should you buy a new car or a used car? New cars are shiny, fresh from the manufacturer, and come complete with that new car smell, but the truth is that there are some great reasons for buying a used car, too. In fact, for many people, buying a used car is hands down the best way to go.

First, used cars are usually less expensive than their new counterparts. Yes, you do have to deal with the natural wear and tear that comes with use and age, and perhaps a few scratches and dings left by the previous owner, but the fact remains that a new car largely depreciates in value after its initial drive off the lot. Used cars, however, do not undergo this extreme loss in value and can often be found at a great price.

Another factor to consider when purchasing a new automobile is the fact that, like other forms of technology, cars are constantly changing. The tools that are used to make them, and the resources that they provide to drivers and passengers, have been in state of constant flux since the first Model-T went into production. Despite this everlasting state of technological advancement, cars have offered the same basic features to the public for many years. Spending extra money for the latest and greatest features may be pointless, as these features are sure to be replaced in the next couple of years by an even more advanced model. When you purchase a used car you save money while gaining access to the basic functions that you need a vehicle to provide. Forgoing all of the bells and whistles may be hard for some people, but by investing in a used car you can still benefit from the technological contributions of an older model while saving money. Now that fancy features have become quite common, many used cars can offer the luxury that you are looking for at a cheaper price.

Finances and special features aside, buying a used car can help protect the environment. The amount of resources used to make a new car is astounding, and purchasing a used car is a way of recycling materials that are still perfectly good. Furthermore, today's market is flooded with used cars that get great gas mileage, allowing you to contribute to the care of the environment while enjoying a new ride.

Making the decision to buy a new car is a big one, and the choice between new and used cars is one that every buyer must face. The best way to determine which car will be best for you is to weigh all of your options and choose what is most tailored to your lifestyle. Used cars should never be ruled out, though, as they provide a great deal to the buyer in terms of both financial and environmental benefits.

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