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5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Used

Why do we always just want to buy the new stuff? There are many previously loved cars just waiting to bought

2y ago

There comes a time in a petrolhead’s life when a new car is required. This may be as your first car – that moment of long-awaited freedom – or it may be to replace your current pride and joy (or piece of crap). For many people the new car market seems to be the only place they look to acquire a new car and tend to ignore the used car market for some reason. Having been in the position of searching for a car, and not having the means of buying a brand new car, the used market opened my eyes as to what is available out there if you just look hard enough. So, here are five tips and reasons you should consider buying used:

1. There are some bargains out there

When I was looking for a car, Alfa Romeo was a car I really wanted but couldn’t quite afford. As a result, I was looking for hatchbacks such as Ford Fiestas and Hyundai i20s. However, having scrounged around at various dealerships, I came across an absolutely stunning example of an Alfa Romeo MiTo. A 2012 car, with around 60 000 km (approx. 37 000 miles) that was for sale at about R25 000 (approx. £1350) less than market value, it would be stupid to turn it down. So I didn’t.

2. Avoid internet shopping. Seriously.

Having browsed the interwebs for a good 6 or 7 months, whenever I rang up to enquire about a car it would either already be sold, or the details of the car would be rather incorrect. It’s best to go to the dealerships physically to see if the car is in an acceptable condition and go for a test drive. You will save yourself a lot of time and money. Admittedly, this is only relevant to the more cheaper and less premium cars out there. The more you pay, the more reliable online adds tend to be. (This also might just be a problem in South Africa.)

3. Depreciation

One of the more obvious reasons, but one worth bringing up anyway. We all know that used cars depreciate a lot less quickly than new ones. So, if you’re looking to lose a bit less money, or simply cannot afford to lose a lot of value, then head on over to the classifieds.

4. Used cars are tried and tested

Generally speaking, if you are looking at a used car many people will probably also have bought and lived with that particular car or model. Therefore, you have the very convenient and useful resource of internet forums where fellow owners highlight any issues and traits you should look out for when looking for that car. All-in-all, it makes for a convenient and comprehensive shopping experience.

5. Use the filters!

This may also seem a bit trivial, but many people tend to ignore the filters. If you are looking for a car online, make use of them. Even if you are certain your dream car cannot possibly be in your price range and in your favourite shade of blue at the same time, just give it a go. I was very surprised at some of the gems that popped up at some even more surprising prices. Don’t just do a generic make and model search, be specific.

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Comments (42)

  • You raise some very good points but nothing beats the experience of purchasing a new car from a dealer with the ribbon and unveiling experience. Not to mention, it’s yours from the beginning and you know some hobo hasn’t sat there before. The warranty is also at its full capacity.

      2 years ago
    • Very true! I don't deny that at all. In a country like South Africa though, buying used is a more financially viable option for many people

        2 years ago
    • I bought new once. It is a nice way to buy, but expensive!

        2 years ago
  • But there might be an old French fry deep beneath the seat. You just don't know.

      2 years ago
  • I read somewhere that a '70s Ford Falcon 6 cylinder was at it's best when it was loosened up from about 100,000 miles of driving. So I bought one for $260 and discovered it were true.

      2 years ago
  • I have an Alfa Romeo mito myself. It's a wonderful car. You got yourself a nice example.

      2 years ago
  • A brand new Hyundai i20 or a used Alfa Romeo? Not really a difficult question to answer is it? I’ve bought a brand new car once and the amount it was worth when I sold it four years later compared to what I’d paid was scary!

      2 years ago