Are you in the market for a used car? Some people think if you buy a used vehicle that you won’t be able to get anything nice or reliable. But the truth is far different. As a matter of fact, there are many unique benefits to buying used cars and when you purchase a certified pre-owned car from Patriot Mac, you can enjoy a level of transparency and trust that’s just as safe as buying new.
That’s not to say buying brand-new doesn’t have its merits, of course. But you shouldn’t see buying used as a second-rate alternative. Keep reading to understand some of the benefits of buying used vehicles at Patriot Mac, keep reading.
We’ll start with the most obvious benefit of buying used: when you opt for a pre-owned car, you save money on your purchase. In fact, buying a used car could cost almost 50% less than buying the same car brand new, even if it’s in great condition.
There are a few different ways you can take advantage of this benefit. If you initially came to the dealership prepared to buy a new car, you could instead buy a nicer vehicle that’s just a few years old for the same money. Or you could take some of the money you saved for buying a car and get some accessories for your new-to-you vehicle. No matter what you choose to do with your savings, saving money on your car will give you more options.
When it comes to new cars, there are only so many options to choose from. Car manufacturers make a limited number of vehicles each year. On the other hand, used cars will have a significantly wider selection of vehicle with greater variety. Instead of simply choosing based on make, model, and color, you’ll also be able to look for cars based on mileage, condition, and year.
The benefits of this may not be obvious at first, but by checking different used cars’ conditions, you can find one that’s well suited for your needs while saving money. And by comparing models from different years, you will have more information to find the vehicle that perfectly fits your lifestyle. More options are always better. With a wide range of used and new models, you can’t go wrong with Patriot Mac’s selection of used and certified preowned inventory.
It’s practically a cliche to say that a vehicle starts losing value as soon as it leaves the dealership. This effect may be slightly exaggerated, but that doesn’t change the fact that new cars depreciate in value very quickly. Meanwhile, vehicles that are over a year or two old retain their value much more effectively.
This is because pre-owned vehicles have already experienced most of their depreciation. As a car gets older, its rate of depreciation slows down. So, if you buy used, you’re much more likely to get a similar price to what you paid if you ever want to sell it. The best part is you can find a used car in near perfect condition rather easily. You may even feel like you’re driving a brand-new car off the lot in a vehicle you saved thousands of dollars on.
One reason people may be hesitant to buy used vehicles is that they think used cars may have defects that they won’t know about until it’s too late. While this can be the case when you buy a car from an individual, the risk is all but eliminated when buying from a trusted, reputable dealership like Patriot Mac.
Still, you may feel wary of assuming the risk of a car with an unknown history. That’s where certified pre-owned comes in handy. When you buy a certified pre-owned car from Patriot Mac, you can get the value of a used car with the peace of mind that comes from buying new. This may come in the form of a CPO program offered by the manufacturer.
Certified pre-owned vehicles undergo rigorous presale inspections, often involving more than 100 checks to various parts of the car. These typically include the engine, transmission, battery, and tires, as well as the car’s cosmetic appearance.
Depending on the manufacturer or dealer, a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO), can also include certain limitations on things like a vehicle’s age, mileage, and accident history. Choosing from CPO vehicles will make it more likely to find a car that’s reliable and in good condition.
No matter what car you buy, Patriot Mac stands behind its vehicles. And with a CPO car, you can get even more peace of mind.
Enjoy an Extended Warranty on Some Cars
Did you know that some used and CPO cars will still have part of their original warranty? Even if the car you buy is a few years old, if its warranty is still valid, then you can still enjoy convenient servicing and repairs from factory-trained technicians.
Other used cars have the option of creating a new warranty at the time of sale. These warranties may be based on mileage or time. You can also buy your own extended warranty using some of the money you saved by getting a used car.
Saving money on car insurance is another benefit of buying a vehicle used. The insurance premium you pay is based on the value of your vehicle. If your car is brand new, it will be worth more, which means your insurance premium will be higher.
Not only that, but you would also need to buy gap insurance for a new vehicle. Because new cars depreciate significantly immediately upon being purchased, there’s going to be a “gap” between the value of your car at the time of an accident and what you actually paid for it. Gap insurance ensures you get paid based on the car’s brand-new cost, but it also requires a higher premium. You can avoid this hassle altogether with a used car and save money in the process.
Once again, cost savings are often a huge benefit of choosing a used or CPO car. When you buy a car, you’ll have to begin paying an annual registration fee to your state. In most parts of the country, that fee is based on your vehicle’s value and model year. Most of the time, the rate is highest during the first three years and levels off after five years.
By purchasing a car that’s at least three years old, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars in new and annual registration fees. It’s just one more way that buying a used car can save you a lot of money.
Last but not least, buying a used vehicle is always the best choice for the environment. Gas-powered cars get a bad rap for polluting the air, and unfortunately, those facts are mostly true. However, nearly one-quarter of all the carbon dioxide produced by a single vehicle during its lifetime occurs during manufacturing and shipment. By purchasing a used car, you can help prevent the carbon dioxide output into the environment caused by vehicle manufacturing.
Electric vehicles are often hailed as the savior of the environment, but they come with a significant downside. Electric and hybrid cars use batteries made with either lithium-ion, lead-acid, or nickel-metal hydride. These materials have a severe environmental impact, particularly when disposed of.
If you care about improving the environment, buying a used car is almost certainly the best way to go.
As you can see, buying used vehicles isn’t any sort of last resort for those who would rather buy new ones. Besides the comparatively lower cost, there are several advantages to choosing used vehicles over new ones. And when you buy a CPO vehicle from Patriot Mac, the stability and quality of your purchase are guaranteed. If your ready to find the perfect ride for you. Check out Patriot’s Used and CPO inventory today and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.