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Should You Buy a New or Used Car?

Ready for an upgrade on your vehicle but a little unsure whether to look at a new or used car? We know how difficult it can be to make the choice, which is why we’ve come up with the pros and cons of buying a new or used car and shared them with you below.

Pros of Buying a New Car

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  1. 1. Get Exactly What You Want

When buying a new car, you can pick the exact specification you want. From the colour of the car, the alloys, the seat material, to extra features such as heated seats and media packages; everything can be chosen to your style. With this in mind, you know that your investment isn’t being wasted on something that isn’t exactly what you want.

  1. 2. Full Warranty and No Unknown History

As it’s a brand new car, you can be sure that there isn’t any unknown history or history that could be being hidden from you. You’ll also receive a full warranty package from the manufacturer for if any faults did occur during a short time of you owning the new vehicle.

  1. 3. Advanced Technology

New cars now have much more advanced technology which can improve the safety of you as a driver and your passengers. For example, technology such as stability control can really benefit safety. Some technology can also help to make the car more fuel efficient.

Cons of Buying a New Car

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  1. 1. Breakdowns Cause by Electrical Faults

Many breakdowns from new cars are due to electrical faults. These cannot be dealt with at the roadside, making it difficult for breakdown recovery as the fault would need to be diagnosed before any work is done.

Pros of Buying a Used Car

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  1. 1.Avoid Depreciation

As soon as you leave the showroom with a new car, an average of 20% of the vehicle’s value is wiped out which can be considered as money lost. However, when buying a used car you know that the money you’re paying is the value of the car at the time.

  1. 2.Approved Used Schemes

When buying a used car, you can take advantage of manufacturers’ approved used schemes. Although the price of the used car will be a little more than used car garages, you’ll get the customer service of buying a new car.

  1. 3.Less to Buy

If you’re on a bit of a budget, used cars don’t always break the bank as much as a new car might. This makes them especially great for first cars for young drivers as they’re much more affordable.

Cons of Buying a Used Car

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  1. 1. Uncertainty with Car History

You don’t always know if you’re going to receive the full car history when buying a used car. Some service documents may have been misplaced or not given to hide the fact that there could be problems with the vehicle.

  1. 2.Tampered Mileage

It’s still very common for people to tamper with the recorded mileage on the car to make it seem like it hasn’t done as many miles. This is something that will always be a risk when buying a used car.

If you’d like to find out more about buying a new or used car and, in particular, a German new or used car, get in touch with German Specialists Ltd. Give us a call on 0161 476 4422 or fill out our online contact form.

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