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3 Reasons Buying a Used Truck is Better Than Buyin

It’s a tired, but persistent debate: new vs. used vehicles. Many will argue that new cars are more reliable, come with warranties that are worth their weight in gold, and have updated tech and safety features. Others will say that if you buy used, you don’t have to pay off a loan with interest, and the purchase price won’t be nearly as expensive.

But, what about used trucks? This debate applies to them as well. While there are upsides and downsides to buying a used truck, I can tell you three reasons why buying a used truck is better than buying a new one.

Cheaper Price

Trucks are expensive, many of them have a starting MSRP of around $30,000 if you’re looking for a full-size version. Not with a used truck, though. A used model is significantly cheaper, thanks to depreciation. Granted, since trucks and SUVs are in high demand right now, the prices will be slightly higher than when they aren’t in demand. But, that doesn’t change the fact that a used truck is still going to be significantly cheaper than a new one, especially if you buy one that’s anywhere from 10-20 years old.

Does that seem like it’s too old? Well, it’s not. Yes, a lot of full-size trucks are used for intense jobs. But, as long as you don’t buy one of those types of models you should be fine. Just check for signs of wear and tear, and ask if the truck was used for any hard work, as in towing or plowing. If that’s the case, don’t buy the truck. Since it will most-likely have an excessive amount of engine, transmission, and frame wear if it was used for the two examples of work listed above.

If you can, find a clean one-owner vehicle. These pickups are great buys, and excellent routes to save some money.

A More Durable Design

Reliability and durability are two different things, and with some of the trucks today, durability has gone downhill.

I’ll give you an example: a new F-150 is made mostly with aluminum. The frame isn’t, but a lot of the body is. The hood is mostly aluminum, and the truck bed is clearly made from aluminum. This not only compromises the truck’s integrity, but it also compromises its safety. A truck like this that gets into a collision will crumple like a tuna can with the right amount of impact.

But a used, older F-150? Those were made of steel. Granted, not all trucks have this issue. New Silverados and Rams are still made mostly from steel. But, some argue that the older designed models are still more durable.

CPO Programs

If you are worried about the reliability of an older used truck, you don’t have to buy one from the 1990s. There are plenty of CPO programs out there that will get you a used truck that’s no more than five years old, along with a guarantee that it will be reliable and high-quality. With no issues.

A cheaper price (most likely), more durable design, and a guarantee of reliability if you want it. Tell me why buying a used truck isn’t a good idea?

by Roger Rapoza on March 14, 2017 - AutoInfluence

3 Things to Know About a Used Car Before Buying

Shopping for used cars can be a tricky and overwhelming process. First, you need to figure out what you can afford. Then, you need to decide what type of model you’re going to buy. Car, truck, SUV, wagon, crossover? After that, you need to decide where you’re going to buy it from. This could be privately from someone on Craigslist, at a dealership, at an online car shopping website, or on a virtual web-based dealership that can get cars shipped to their physical dealership. Regardless of where you decide to buy, you should always thoroughly inspect the car (or get it independently inspected) for any potential issues, as well as test drive it for a solid 10 or 15 minutes to allow the engine to warm up. That way, you can identify any problems the car might have that you’d miss during a cold start.

But, those aren’t part of the three things to know about a used car before buying. However, they are connected. How? Just like those are two things you should do regardless of where you buy, these are three things to know about a used car before you buy it. The cool part? Whether you buy it online or at the dealership, there’s nothing stopping you from learning these three vital pieces of information.

Combine this info with a solid inspection and good test drive, and you’ll be surprised how much better your used car buying experience will become.

The TRUE Value of the Vehicle

It’s important to always know the true value of the vehicle. There’s multiple ways to do this, two of the most reputable ways are through Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds TMV (True Market Value) pricing.

To access either of these two online sources, you’ll need the vehicle’s make, model, year, mileage, and some other information related to the condition of the vehicle. Simply follow the yellow brick road of filling out information, and voila! You have the true value of the vehicle. It’s a little more drawn out than that, but that’s the general idea

This is important no matter where you’re shopping, because then you have a rock-solid price to haggle with. More importantly, it will tell you if the seller is trying to screw you on the deal or not.

Are There Any Warranties in Place? Or Are You Buying “As Is?”

While this relates more towards a dealership or online inventory, it’s still possible — albeit slightly rarer — to find warranties on a used car that’s sold privately.

If a vehicle is sold with the label “As Is,” you’re responsible for any repairs or damages that might happen to the vehicle. Even if the transmission giving out isn’t your fault, and the dealer knew about it, you bought it in “As Is” condition. Contractually, the dealership isn’t obligated to pay for a cent of repairs.

Same goes for a private seller. Find out if there is a transferable warranty on the used car you’re interested in, or if you’re buying it in “As Is” condition. Since most cars sold on Craigslist are much older, you won’t typically find warranties on them. However, if you are trying to buy a newer used car, make sure to look into this.

Know the History of the Car

Just like the true value of the vehicle, knowing the history of the model is of utmost importance. Why? Because, it will tell you about potential issues that the vehicle has had in the past (so you can see and ask if they’ve been properly repaired), any accidents the model has been in, how many owners the vehicle has had, and other vital information.

How does all this come into play? Let’s look at a mock (but very realistic) example. Say you find a car for a great deal, test drove it, had it professionally inspected, and checked out the history of the vehicle. It’s never been in an accident, you’ve seen the routine maintenance receipts, and know it’s only been owned by one person. That’s what I like to call the jackpot. Chances are, even if it has slightly higher mileage, it’s going to last for a long while.

On the other end, if a car has a price that’s too good to be true and you discover that it’s been in an accident and not had the proper repairs done, then it’s probably a good thing you took the time to check out the history of the vehicle before buying it. Right?

Learn about the true value of the car, learn the history, make sure to know what conditions you’re buying it under, test drive it, and get it professionally inspected. Chances are, you’ll find used car buying much less stressful if you apply everything this article has mentioned.

 by Roger Rapoza on May 8, 2017 Autoinfluence

Buying a Used Car Make Sure to Check its History

It’s easy to see the advantages used cars have over new vehicles. The advantage probably highest on most used car buyers’ lists is the price. Buying a used car can be significantly cheaper than buying a car that’s fresh off of the production line, but when you buy a used car, there is sometimes uncertainty about the car’s history. Understanding a used car’s history before committing to the sale is extremely important. If you don’t get a complete picture of what the car’s been through, you might end up over-paying for a car that isn’t in great shape, or even end up saddled with a car that’s going to cost you more in repairs than you spent in the first place!

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check out your used car’s history before closing the deal, it’s called CARFAX. Many readers are probably already familiar with CARFAX, you may have even been presented with CARFAX paperwork at your dealership when making a final decision to purchase a used vehicle in the past. If you aren’t familiar with CARFAX, however, it’s important to understand what a CARFAX vehicle history report checks for before signing on the dotted line. And if you aren’t presented with CARFAX report at your dealership, make sure you do your due diligence and ask for one!

Details included in a CARFAX report give you a better understanding of things which you wouldn’t know just by taking the used car for a test drive. Often, a CARFAX report will turn up things even a qualified mechanic wouldn’t have spotted when they inspect the car. So, if you think having your trusted mechanic inspect the used car before you buy it is enough, think again. A CARFAX report lets you step back in time and get to know the used car a little better before committing.

These are some of the major things that a CARFAX report checks for in its vehicle history reports:

Major Accidents

Before you decided to buy a used vehicle, you want to know whether it’s ever been in a major accident. If your CARFAX report turns up with a mention of “major damages,” you’ll want to dig a little deeper. Many reports will give details like “car was driven from the scene.” In cases like this, you can assume the accident left the car with little more than some bumps and bruises. If it was towed from the scene of the accident however, you should check it out before buying. The dealer or your mechanic will be able to tell you whether the paint job on your used car is original or not and check under panels that have new paint. You should also find out if the repair work was done by a “factory” body shop that’s associated with the car’s manufacturer, or whether a low-cost repair shop did the work. This can definitely have an impact on the car’s value and may make you less likely to purchase the used vehicle.
Multiple Owners

A used car that’s had multiple owners isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if the car’s a little older, but might be a red flag. If the ownership turn-over seems to be higher than average, find out more details. More owners also means that the used car has more opportunities to have an owner that didn’t have routine maintenance performed. Different owners are likely to have had different driving styles as well, which can cause undue wear and tear on a car and impact its dependability. Used cars with only a single previous owner are considered the best, so keep that in mind when shopping for a used car.
Service History

A used vehicle’s service history will give you a good understanding of its current value. Just because the outside of the car doesn’t have a lot of scraps or dents doesn’t mean that the inner workings are performing well. Things you should be aware of include the used car’s last tire rotation, when the brakes were last services, and if the battery has required any work or replacement? Service records will show you exactly when maintenance was performed, and you’ll be able to check it against the car’s user manual to see if it was taken good care of. You can also see exactly who serviced the vehicle, which can be useful information as well.
Flood Damage

Flood damage is one of the most serious concerns a used car shopper should be aware of. You may assume that a car that has been in a severe flood was sent to the junkyard, but many of these flooded cars are rebuilt and put back onto the market. Often, these cars are sent far away from where the actual flood took place with the hope that prospective buyers won’t know the warning signs to look for. Shady right? If your CARFAX report shows that the used car has been in a flood, you should probably jump ship (no pun intended). Water can ruin electronics, lubricants, and the mechanical systems of cars. Even if it takes months or even years for the problem to manifest itself, flood damage can drastically reduce the life of your used vehicle and make it unsafe to drive, especially if it’s affected airbag controls, something you wouldn’t necessarily think to have a mechanic check.
Branded a Lemon

In the USA, a lemon is a car that is technically new, but has so many flaws and manufacturing defects that it can’t be sold on a regular market. If your CARFAX vehicle history report shows that the used car you’re interested in is a lemon, run! These cars may seem too good to be true because they are almost new and have few miles on them. The truth is that they are too good to be true. Manufacturing defects affect the used car’s safety, value, and usefulness. Do you really want to drive around in a car that had so many severe issues that it couldn’t be sold as a new car?
Mileage Rollback

This is a dangerous thing to see on your CARFAX report and can save you from spending a bunch of money on a car with poor value. Mileage rollback often referred to as “rolling back” or “spinning” an odometer, is when someone tampers with the odometer to make it look like the car has many thousand fewer miles on it. This is particularly common with leased vehicles with mileage limits when their drivers don’t want to pay the penalty for driving more than the allowed amount. Some sellers will also tamper with a car’s odometer to improve the selling value of the used car. If the car actually has 100,000 miles on it already but is showing a mere 30,000, buyers will be more likely to buy at a higher price. Don’t let yourself get scammed and make sure to check the CARFAX for mileage rollbacks before buying.

Here are some other facts that CARFAX vehicle history reports check for in used cars:

  • Structural Damage
  • Open Recalls
  • Registration History
  • State Owned
  • Total Loss
  • Rebuilt
  • Warranty Information
  • Airbag Deployment
  • Mileage Rollover
  • Not Actual Mileage
  • Salvage Titles
  • Hail Damage
  • Junked
  • Estimated Miles Driven Per Year
  • Last Reported Mileage
  • Length of Ownership
  • Commercial or Personal Use

It’s important to understand a used car’s history before you commit to buying. If you don’t, you could find yourself overpaying for a car that is worth less than it appears or even a car that will put you and your family in danger on the road. Some things that show up on a CARFAX report may be alright with you, minor accidents, etc. Other things might be red flags, however, and keep you from buying. If the seller tries to dissuade you from getting a CARFAX report, take the hint and don’t buy from them! Getting a CARFAX vehicle history report early will likely save you lots of headache down the road.

by Veronica Turk on February 8, 2019 Autoinfluence

Finding the Best Used Cars in Your Area

A hand is holding car keys to a used car while giving the thumbs up.
Before the internet, buying a pre-owned vehicle was a scary process. To find a selection of used cars near you, you’d have to either comb through the classified ads in the Sunday newspaper or drive around from dealership to dealership and get heckled by pushy salesmen. Nowadays, finding a pre-owned car is easier than ever before. All you have to do is search online for exactly what you want. You can find the most highly rated used car options that are currently available in your area.
Gone are the days of used cars being 12-year-old lemons that break down one week after you seal the deal. In today’s market, you can find a Certified Pre-Owned car that may not even be a year old yet. The options are endless, so we came up with a list of the best used cars to look for during your search.

2018 Nissan Altima
As an affordable, mid-size sedan, a used 2018 Nissan Altima is a great entry-level choice. It’s not old, so you will get the added benefit of advanced tech features depending on which trim you happen to come across. Powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the 2019 Altima generates179 horsepower and 177 pound-foot of torque. It also comes with FWD and a CVT, which means that the fuel economy is rated at 27 city / 38 highway.
A birds eye view of a red 2018 Nissan Altima that's parked in an empty outdoor parking garage is shown.

For this model year, there are four trim levels that you may come across during your search. The base is called the S, and it includes safety features such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. That’s pretty significant as many base-level sedans don’t come with any high-tech safety features. Rolling on 16-inch steel wheels, this model also includes a rearview camera displayed on a 5-inch monitor and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling. You can listen to music through the 6-speaker stereo and charge your mobile device via the USB port.
The SR trim rides on larger 18-inch alloy wheels and includes foglights, daytime running lights, a sport-tuned suspension, and a spoiler for a sporty look. Inside the cabin, the upgraded leather-wrapped steering wheel features paddle shifters for a racecar vibe. Next is the SV, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, and a slew of added safety features such as blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Dual-zone climate control has also been added for comfort.
Finally, the top-tier SL model receives LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, and heated leather seats. For entertainment purposes, the stereo has also been upgraded to a 9-speaker Bose sound system. That’s pretty impressive for a pre-owned car.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
If you happen to come across a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, snag it! This sharply styled car offers advanced tech features and plenty of room. The first three trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that pushes out 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, it gets about 27 city / 36 highway. The top-of-the-line Premier model gets its power from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, this version has a fuel economy set at 22 city / 32 highway.
A white 2018 Chevy Malibu, which is a popular model among used cars near me, is driving past an outdoor restaurant.
If you happen to come across a 2018 Chevy Malibu, it will be one of four trim levels. The first is known as the L. It’s the base model that is ideal for commuters. Riding on 16-inch steel wheels, it offers Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and a 6-speaker stereo system for listening to your favorite songs. Cruise control is also included, which is a nice feature on a base level trim. Next is the LS, which adds the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen. This upgraded system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless audio streaming. Laminated side windows help to reduce cabin noise, and a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot is also included to keep you connected everywhere you go. Stepping up the 1LT will add heated exterior side mirrors, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and back seat air vents. The top-tier model is called the Premier. It includes added comforts such as heated/cooled leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. It may also have advanced safety features via the Driver Confidence package. This will include a forward collision avoidance system, adaptive cruise control, parking assist, and emergency braking.
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu also comes in a Hybrid model. If you find one on a used dealership lot, it will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated with a battery-fed electric motor to produce 182 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Its features are the same as the 1LT model.

2016 Honda Accord
If you are looking for a used car that is family-friendly and loaded with cool features, you should keep your eyes peeled for a 2016 Honda Accord. Most models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a CVT, this motor has a fuel economy set at 31 mpg combined (27 city / 37 highway). The Sport trim level adds dual exhaust, which pushes the performance up to 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. The trade-off is a slightly lower fuel economy set at 30 mpg combined (26 city / 35 highway). You might also find one with a robust 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the V6 gets about 22 mpg combined (18 city / 28 highway).

A blue 2016 Honda Accord Coupe is parked on pavement with mountains in the distance.
The 4-cylinder sedans are available in four different trims. The first is the LX, which is generously equipped with advanced features like a rearview camera, cruise control, and an infotainment interface that operates with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. A USB port is also provided as well as an auxiliary jack. Next is the Sport, which adds mostly exterior upgrades such as larger 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and LED lighting. The EX model offers heated exterior side mirrors and a sunroof. It also has a 7-speaker sound system for listening to your favorite music. Finally, the EX-L heated leather seats, power-folding side mirrors, and driver memory settings.
The V6 models are available in two trims. The EX-L adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a sportier feel and the previously mentioned dual exhaust for more power. The Touring model adds LED headlights with automatic high beam control, rain-sensing wipers, front and back parking sensors, and a rear decklid spoiler. The cabin also gets a few upgrades with the addition of a navigation system and heated back seats.
You should also note that any of the 2016 Honda Accord models could also be equipped with the Honda Sensing safety package. That includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic braking.

Choosing the Right Used Car
No matter which used car you have your eye on, you need to be sure to ask for a vehicle history report before you commit to a purchase. Many dealerships that offer used cars provide one for you. Finding the right car is only half the battle, you also need to find a reputable dealership you can trust. If you find one of these great used cars available near you, and the dealership is highly rated, go in for a test drive before it’s too late!

by Evan Riley on January 1, 2020 

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Top 5 Benefits To Shopping For Used Cars Online

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When it comes to finding a quality used car that both suits your needs and your bank account, buying through a traditional car dealer may actually be the last thing you’d want to do. With limited space on inventory lots, many dealers try to push out vehicles they don’t need to make room for new ones – resulting in a better chance that you’ll be pressured into buying a less-than perfect vehicle. Plus, with sales people working on commission and a dealership trying to make a profit behind them, it’s not unlikely that you’ll be overpaying for the experience of finding a vehicle that’s not actually the car you want. With all these pitfalls, it’s no wonder more and more consumers have come to dread the experience of visiting a used car dealer – but luckily, online used car shopping has changed all that.

By shopping for your used car online with a nationwide service like online.cars, you manage to avoid many of the trials and tribulations that come with shopping at a dealer’s used car lot. Whether you’re new to the car buying process entirely or simply tired of the same runaround when it comes time to put money down, there’s a serious appeal to online shopping that can make any buyer’s experience just that much simpler, happier, and more stress free than a traditional dealership ever could.

Here’s a look at the five best reasons to shop for your next used car online rather than in person, and what you can expect form working with online car dealers from the comfort of your own home or office.

No More Dealing With Dealers

If there’s one part of the car buying process that’s fairly universally dreaded, it’s working with a car dealer directly – sometimes pushy people with an eye for how to make you spend more money than you should on a car you may not actually want. For many consumers, this is absolutely the worst part of the shopping experience, and for good reason – the image of the sleazy used car dealer is one of the hallmarks of today’s auto sales landscape. But with online shopping, you become your own advocate – requesting precisely the year, make, model, color, condition, and whatever other qualities you want in your vehicle. After that, a Nationwide Search can connect you to available options from around the country and help you figure out which option is best for you – all without pushing you to try out a model you weren’t interested in to begin with.

Do It On Your Own Time

If there’s one thing that really sets apart online shopping from shopping in person, it’s the time it takes. While having to go from used car lot to used car lot in search of a particular model or particular price can take an entire day or even longer, narrowing your search with the power of online filtering makes finding that perfect car a minutes-long process done from the comfort of your own home. And since a web-based car shopping platform can connect with sellers nationwide, you’re more likely to find exactly the vehicle you want without all that painstaking searching beforehand. It’s easy to put a price on a vehicle but hard to put a price on your time – and by shopping online, you know you’ll be saving a ton of it.

Find The Best Price For You

Nobody likes the awkwardness of haggling over a vehicle’s price, especially when that number seems to shift and jump around with last-minute add-ons from a dealer. That’s why shopping online is so much better for those looking to find a good deal on a used vehicle: by allowing users to filter by price, the work of finding a vehicle that fits in your price range is that much more straightforward. What you see is the price you’ll pay, and you’ll even be able to find multiple prices for the same model to help make your choice that much easier on your wallet. And say goodbye to annoying haggling – by picking the price that’s right for you to begin with, you’ll be able to rest confidently knowing there’ll be no sudden surprise hikes in price at signing time.

Narrow Down To Exactly What You Want

One of the gambles of strolling into a used car lot is working with the inventory on hand – whether it be old beaters with a fresh coat of paint to hide the underbody rust or the model you’ve been looking for in a terrible paint color. But by narrowing your search online to exactly the specifications you’re looking for, you can make sure the car you buy is the one you want the first time without having to settle for “close enough.” Plus, you’re more likely to find a vehicle in good condition and at a fair price by comparing against other similar models, meaning no more overpaying at one dealer and missing out on a great deal at another.

You Can Still Take A Test Drive

One of the great modern myths regarding online car shopping is that you’ll have to forgo the test drive and simply be happy with the car that shows up upon delivery – and these days, this is totally off key. Plenty of online services like online.cars offer the buyer the opportunity to test drive the vehicle before putting down any non-refundable cash, meaning you can test the very car you want to buy and walk away with no obligations if it doesn’t suit your needs. And best of all, if the test drive does go well you can usually sign the papers and drive home with it that day. Say goodbye to blindly shopping for cars and say hello to a truly all-encompassing shopping experience made to satisfy the modern driver – and know that online shopping is here to stay.

Get Online And Get Yourself A Used Car Today

Whether you’re new to the car shopping experience or simply sick of getting the runaround from used car dealers, few improvements to the shopping experience have had as much of an impact as online shopping for used cars. Taking the stress and confusion out of the shopping process one buyer at a time, online services like online.cars are here and ready to help you find exactly what you’ve been looking for without the pressure of dealing with a pushy sales person. So go ahead and start looking for that great used car in your future – and don’t be surprised if you never want to visit the dealer’s lot again.

Source: AutoInfluence.com by CONOR SNELL on JUNE 25, 2016

10 Good Reasons to Buy a Used Car

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Whether you're exclusively browsing used-car listings or the latest television advertisement has you set on a brand-new model, each avenue offers benefits and drawbacks. To help you decide, we’ve compiled 10 reasons to buy your next car used.

1. Depreciation

Let’s get this one out of the way. Cars depreciate. With a few outstanding exceptions, buying a new car as an investment is a bad idea. Cars are lasting longer and longer, but vehicles still lose most of their value early in their lifespan. While some models handle depreciation better than others, most shoppers can expect a new car to lose up to 50% of its value within three years of rolling off the lot. Dad always said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” and, unfortunately, that holds true with cars; for all the perks that come packaged with new vehicles (warranties, free maintenance, low financing), the inevitable law of depreciation remains a substantial cost and a great reason to shop used instead.

2. More Car for Your Money

This is where shopping for a used car can be a lot more fun than budgeting for a new one. Thanks to that pesky depreciation, your hard-earned money can take you a lot further in the used car market than if you were to buy new. Your budget may afford you only a base trim or entry-level car on the new market, but if you shop used, that same budget can buy you something significantly more fancy or better equipped.

3. Certified Pre-Owned Options

For many shoppers, having a warranty to protect them against a vehicle’s shortcomings is well worth the premium they pay for a new car. Today, however, virtually all carmakers offer some version of a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, making a used-car purchase a much less worrisome endeavor. CPO programs vary depending on the manufacturer, and there is a significant difference between manufacturer certified and dealership certified, with the former almost always offering a more robust package. All manufacturer certified vehicles include some level of warranty (although the mileage and time covered vary) and often additional perks like free roadside assistance or a free loaner car when yours needs to head to the shop.

4. Variety

Every year, roughly 350 models are offered for sale on the new-car market in the United States, but if variety is the spice of life, consider the used-car market worthy of Emeril Lagasse’s kitchen. Three hundred fifty models may sound like quite a few, but that number is positively dwarfed by the number of models available on the used-car market. We all have different tastes, and maybe the car you want isn’t made anymore. Luckily, the used market has you covered. There aren’t many truly small pickups made today, but the used market will deliver Ford Rangers and Chevy S-10s. How about a retro hatchback? The Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevy HHR have you covered. Want a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagon with wood paneling? Well…you get the picture.

5. Data

Ah, data. We’re bold, so we’ll say it: This is where CarGurus shines. We have tons of data on both new and used cars, but the simple nature of time and history has allowed us to compile reams upon reams (or spreadsheets upon spreadsheets) of used-car pricing data. Tools like CarGurus’ Instant Market Value, which compares similar listings in our database, help shoppers estimate how much a particular used car should cost. By analyzing specific criteria beyond simply make and model, IMV can help ensure that no one overpays.

6. Lower Insurance Costs

Your car’s value is the primary item your insurance company considers when determining rates. That makes sense; the more valuable a car, the more money they’ll potentially have to shell out in the case of a wreck. It’s understandable that a BMW purchased used will cost less to insure than one purchased new, and that all comes back to depreciation. You might not notice the difference between your 3-year-old BMW and a brand new one, but rest assured, your insurance company will.

7. Cheaper Registration Fees

It depends on where you live, but older cars often cost less to register, too. Sure, some states charge the same fee no matter what kind of car you’re registering, but others vary their cut based on a car’s age, weight, or even power. Buying used won’t save you money on registration if you live in Missouri, where the fee goes up as horsepower goes up, or Illinois, which treats all cars equally (to the tune of $101 per year). But some states, like Montana, structure registration fees based on a car's age. On top of registration, many states charge yearly taxes, which are also often based on a vehicle's age. In Massachusetts, for instance, an excise tax is levied on all vehicles, but that tax is reduced dramatically once a car is two years old and bottoms out in the car’s fifth year.

8. Cars Last Longer Now

There’s a reason nobody sells cars with 5-digit odometers today. The option of a CPO warranty should mollify many used-car doomsayers, but the mere existence of these CPO programs lends credence to a decidedly convenient truth: Cars last longer than ever. In terms of mileage, 200,000 may not be the new 100,000, but nonetheless, automakers have taken impressive strides. Used-car shoppers should still be sure to have potential purchases inspected by a mechanic, but often concerns about a used car’s remaining lifespan deserve to be put to rest.

9. Vehicle History Reports Make Used Purchases Less Risky

If “cars last longer than ever” isn’t enough to sway you, the availability of vehicle history reports might. The emergence of AutoCheck and CarFax has helped shoppers gain greater peace of mind when considering used cars. The companies offering vehicle history reports rely on their sources to provide accurate and up-to-date data, meaning any time a vehicle changes hands, has an accident, or is repaired, the vehicle history report should reflect it. There’s a catch, of course, in that these incidents need to be reported properly in the first place. A good rule of thumb is that a bad history report can save you from buying a bad car, but a good history report does not render an independent inspection unnecessary.

10. Used Cars Have Helpful Aftermarket Communities

One of the beauties of the used-car market is the unyielding potential of aftermarket communities. Whether you’re shopping for a Honda Civic or a Studebaker Dictator, there is a corner of the Internet devoted to owners like you. CarGurus offers its own Questions section, where countless users have asked and answered thousands of mechanical questions. While the new-car market is constantly handling recalls and other unexpected setbacks, often times the common problems surrounding used models have already been solved.

Source: CarGurus.com by MATT SMITH

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