The used car market has always been plentiful, and used cars have a lot to offer in terms of money savings compared to new models. But if you are keen on getting a used car – whether it’s a second ‘emergency’ vehicle, your very first car, or more – you should consider your various options and weigh them carefully, so you come out on top with your final decision. Used vehicles can be up to 25% less expensive than their new car cousins, but if you want to be sure of your purchase and want to get the best possible deal, here’s the easiest way you can select the best-used vehicle you need.
- Know what to expect
First things first – you have to know what to expect. A used vehicle may not be as attractive as a new car and may not have that enviable ‘new car’ smell; the process of buying used is not as simple as purchasing new. You should be aware of this from the start so you can set your expectations, and this way, you will not be disappointed, either. The phrase ‘like new’ is not valid because it already depreciates as soon as the car is driven off the car lot. But if you prepare for this and have this in mind, you can be happier with your used car purchase than if you were expecting something ‘like new’ right off the bat.
- Determine the type you want
We all have different requirements when it comes to vehicles, and vehicles will have varying sizes, shapes, and features as well. In the past, choices were just limited to sedans or saloons, pick-up trucks, or SUVs, and that was about it. But today, there are more sub-categories, from crossovers to sub-compact sports utility vehicles to MPVs and AUVs and more.
As a rule of thumb, choose a vehicle that will fit your requirements, at least almost all the time. Of course, you may have changing needs, but don’t purchase a huge SUV if you will only need it on your annual road trip.
- Know your budget for the car and other related expenses
One significant aspect of buying used is that your finances can go far, and you have a range of choices that include high-end luxury vehicles, efficient vehicles, practical cars, and more, such as the range available from used car Utah specialists like Young Automotive. But while you have to think about the vehicle’s actual cost, you also have to think about other related expenses, including consumables, maintenance, registration, and the like.
- Consider safety
Older vehicle models will not have the same safety features as newer models, but the vehicle you are looking at still needs some basic safety features, such as airbags. Today’s models have more airbags, and if you’re going for a newer used model, check how many airbags it has as well as where they are placed. The same is true for other safety features, such as anti-brake locking systems, a lane departure assist feature, backup sensors and cameras, which have already become a standard in vehicle safety.
If you have other features in mind, think about whether or not these are negotiable or non-negotiable; and it’s easier to make a compromise on a particular feature or component if you want to get a more practical deal.