New vs. Pre-owned Cars
Pro's And Con's
There are advantages and disadvantages to getting a new car or a used car (a.k.a. pre-owned). Cars last longer today than they did 1015 years ago in part due to competition to make reliable cars. Listed below are some areas to consider:
|New Car||Pre-owned Car|
|Not previously owned so it's likely to not give you problems after you have driven it away from the dealer.||Even if a car looks great, there may be hidden problems waiting to happen.|
|Comes with full manufacturer's warrantee.||No warrantee or limited short warrantee. You can however get a 3rd party extended warrantee for quite possibly a reasonable cost (also available for new cars).|
|Price is easier to determine.||It can be difficult to determine the real worth of a used car.|
|You get the options you want.||Less control of the options unless there are abundant choices of the model you want.|
|No need to check the car's history since you would be the first owner.||If you are concerned about the history, you'll need to check on it. Carfax.com can provide the details.|
|Price for a new car is expensive. You will pay considerably more. As soon as you drive the car off the lot, it depreciates about 10% or more in total worth if you were to resell it shortly afterward. Check pricing at Edmunds.com.||You can save considerably by getting a 2 or 3 year old car. Many recent models made just 23 years ago are still in great shape, similar in functional value and design, and you stand to save 30-40% or more in cost. The only exception to the value might be if the new car has just undergone a major redesign (which could be used as a negotiating point to lower the cost of a used car). Cars change very little between major redesigns. Check pricing at Edmunds.com.|
|No need to have a professional determine if the car needs immediate repair work.||You may want to ensure that the car does not require extensive repair work by hiring a mechanic to look at the car. Dealerships usually will not let you take the car, but individual owners are more agreeable about allowing a checkup by mechanic.|
The bottom line is that there is more work involved when checking out a used car if you
want to ensure that the car is worth the price being asked for and whether or not it's a
car you should even consider. However the price difference can make the used car a great
More often than not, a late model Japanese used car will likely have a better reliability rate. American made late model used cars are designed better in recent times, but the percentages still favor Japanese made cars as a category. Individual models however can range quite differently and you may in fact find an American made that is better than some Japanese makes.
Check your car guide like Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports contains the most non-biased auto reports in existence today due in part because they do not accept paid advertisements nor do they take endorsements for their reports.