So you want to buy a used car, but how used? Answering that question will obviously depend on your motivations. Are you looking to save over the cost of a new car, but still want a “newer” vehicle? Or are you buying used because you’re on a tight budget?
Either way, we’ll help you determine how used your next car or truck should be:
If you’re looking to save, but still want a newer car…
If you want to reduce what you spend on a car or truck, but still want something newer and more reliable, consider a car that’s between two to three years old. These cars have taken the biggest depreciation hit (approximately 47% in first three years, according to Consumer Reports) and have lower insurance premiums. You can get more features for your price point than buying new.
At the same time, you usually don’t have to worry yet about the maintenance issues related to older, higher mileage cars. As an added bonus, some cars, trucks and SUVs at this age may still be eligible for a manufacturer’s warranty.
If you’re buying on a small budget…
If you can’t afford a car that’s two to three years old, then perhaps an older, higher mileage car is for you. How “used” a car is has more factors than just age. Considering these factors can help you find a less used car for your money:
- Still consider buying from a dealership where the car has undergone a maintenance check so you’re aware of any issues. You can request the car go to your own mechanic for a check too.
- Cars with just one owner and that had all their routine maintenance performed are good choices.
- If you’re looking at cars with high mileage, ones where most miles were acquired on the highway are better since constant speeds are easier on car parts.
Buying a used car can feel scary, but educating yourself and relying on an honest car dealer can help make the process easier. If you’re in the Northwest Kansas City area, stop by Platte City-Airport Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located at 2605 Northwest Prairie View Road in Platte City, Missouri, to talk with a dealer and to view our selection of reliable used SUVs, cars and trucks. You can also give us a call at (816) 858-5575 to speak with a member of our friendly sales staff.