In today’s car market car buyers need to be aware of what they are getting themselves involved in when they make the decision to buy a car and when a person comes to them and says “I’m looking to sell my car“. Of course, the first choice all potential car buyers need to make is, will you buy a new or used vehicle? The first obvious difference is the price. However, while used cars are generally much cheaper than new cars, there are certain advantages to buying new cars too. Your brand new car will come with a warranty and a lot of dealers throw in something for free these days such as a free service, floor mats or car wash coupons to sweeten the deal. Some car dealers even offer more extravagant gifts such as city breaks, patio furniture and state of the art barbeques to the first number of customers who buy the latest model to hit the showroom. Unfortunately a brand new car is beyond the reach of most car buyers, even with financing and since the vehicle loses a whopping 20% of its value as soon as it’s driven out of the showroom, this is understandable.
The majority of car buyers are looking to find a reliable, clean, problem-free car which they can put their trust in for a few years. Even if the car is just a year old, the price will be significantly down on whatever they are selling for in the showrooms. When buying a used car, car buyers should always check the vehicle out in person. If you’re not mechanically minded then it is highly recommended to have your mechanic give the car a thorough look over before buying to ensure that everything is in proper working order. There are some great deals to be had on used cars and it’s always worth shopping around. However, there are some scam-artists out there too who will pull the wool over your eyes without a second thought. If something seems too good to be true then it probably is and every precaution should be taken to ensure you don’t lose out. After all, once you buy a second hand car, especially privately, you have no comeback. This is one instance where “you bought it as you saw it”, comes in to play and you should be sure to see every inch of the car before committing to sale.
Whether you choose new or used, buying a car is an exciting thing for everyone. Even if it doesn’t have that ‘new car smell’, it’s a fantastic feeling to have a new set of wheels under you. Remember to keep your car well maintained, clean and mechanically sound because it might not be too long until you are approaching car buyers looking to change up your ride.