With all of us living at such a fast-pace, a car can play an essential role in making our lives easier. But what car do you buy? Most of us can’t stretch to a brand new car – especially during the current climate. That’s why it maybe time to consider buying a second-hand car instead.
I love my second-hand car. I use it all the time; for long road trips, for nipping across town to visit family and friends or driving up to the South Downs where I walk my dog. It is one of the bigger purchases I’ve made recently. I was anxious I purchased the right car especially as I couldn’t afford to make an expensive mistake by buying a wreck that needed endless costly repairs.
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My second-hand car hasn’t let me down – and year after year, it passes its’ MOT with flying colours. It feels like a part of my family and it makes me so happy to know that I can hop in my car and go at any time.
If you are shopping for a car then you may want to consider buying a second-hand car just like me.
Below, I’ve listed my four reasons why buying a second-hand car is a smart option for you in collaboration with Brighton’s very own used car garage KAP Motors.
4 REASONS WHY BUYING A SECOND-HAND CAR IS A SMART OPTION
1 You Get More for Your Money
We all know that the cost of living is sky high in the UK. Necessities like food, bills and petrol eat into our monthly incomings. Most cities, like my home town of Brighton, have particularly high monthly rental charges too. Or if you’re trying to climb onto the property ladder – then you’ll want to be money savvy so you can save for deposit.
If you want your money to go further, then you’ll need to spend every penny wisely. One way is to make your money go further, especially when shopping for a car, is to find a great deal. With brand new cars you’re paying maximum price for a vehicle that will decrease in value as soon as you drive it off the forecourt! That is not a smart move, is it?
Clever shoppers know that with the same budget, you could buy a second-hand car which has ALL the trimmings. You’ll be able to afford an (older) superior model which will have lots of cool features. Yes, it maybe a few years old but who cares when you can enjoy a DAB radio, safety features and built-in Sat Nav? I know I wouldn’t mind a few of these features.
If you want optional extras that will make your car a comfy ride, then why not take a look at the huge range of second-hand cars for sale? There’s one out there waiting for you.
2 Good Reliability
One reason people splash the cash on a brand new car is they think their new vehicle is going to be reliable. And that they will have a warranty from the garage if something goes wrong.
But did you know, that many car manufacturers offer extended warranties on most cars. And a majority of these warranties last for five years and some even stretch to seven. When you buy a second-hand car you can still get peace of mind without compromising on reliability.
3 Lower Levels Of Depreciation
All cars lose some value over time. It’s an inevitable consequence of driving around and clocking up miles, and the reduced price reflects daily wear and tear on your car. However, the greatest amount of depreciation you will ever see from any vehicle is when it is first bought.
Simply by registering a brand new car with its first owner, the vehicle will lose thousands of pounds and that’s before it has even been driven! On the other hand, second-hand cars depreciate at a slower rate over a longer period of time. If you don’t want to waste money, a second-hand car is a more sensible option.
4 Insurance Costs Are Lower
Another cost to factor in is how much it is to insure your car.
Your insurance will be especially high if you have a new vehicle on your policy. This is because the cost of replacing a new car is much higher for insurance companies if it was written off or stolen.
Due to their lower value, second-hand cars are more affordable to insure making them a clever purchase for people looking to make their money go further.
Do you feel more confident buying a second-hand car after reading these tips?
If you are looking to make your money go further, then buying a second-hand car is a smart option. However, finding a credible used car dealer is a tricky one! If you live in or around Sussex then why not take a look at KAP Motors. You can buy used Nissan Micra in Brighton from KAP Motors. Nissans are the best car for squeezing into Brighton’s tight parking spots! They have a huge range on-line so you can shop from the comfort of your sofa.
Visit at their Brighton or Folkestone garage or call them at 01273 748484 to find out more about each individual car they have on offer.
Have I you tempted to look again at second-hand cars? If so, let me know in the comment box below, I would love to know.