New vs. Used Cars: Which Are Better for Your Wallet?
Since everyone is stuck at home, we have had a lot of time sitting and thinking about our cars that are also just sitting outside. More and more people are leaning towards purchasing a used car rather than a new car because there is less commuting and the need to spend less money. So we are here to help you find out what you need to look out for when you are searching for a pre-owned vehicle. 

 

New vs Used

Should You Buy A New Car Or A Used One?

 

A new car comes from a dealership and is exactly the same as the others made in the factory; a used car can come from a neighbor, friend, or from a dealership as well. New cars have no previous owners while used cars can have multiple owners before ending up in your name. This means that each car has a different history and that determines the condition they are currently in. You can never know what is “under the hood” from just looking from the outside, so here are some smart tips to help guide you to buying a used car. 

 

Checking the Mileage

 

The first question to ask the owner or dealer about a pre-owned vehicle is the number of miles that is on the car. You can tell a lot just from this number. The mileage will give you a good clue to how the condition of the car is health wise. It is one of the few factual evidence you can find and can see for yourself when searching for a used car. To be able to gage the health of the car is to check if the average miles per year is around 15,000 miles. For example, if the owner has had the car for 5 years- the mileage on the car should be around 75,000 miles and if it is much higher than that then the car has “high mileage”. Low mileage might also be deceiving as well so you must ask and check other aspects of the vehicle.

 

Maintenance History

Checking the Service History of a Car | CARFAX Blog

 

Once you know the mileage of the car, the next thing to look for is the history of how the vehicle was maintained. Did the previous owner neglect the car or had regular services? Was the maintenance performed at the dealership, at an independent contractor, or at a “shade tree” mechanic? These aspects all make a difference and need to be asked to the owner of the vehicle. If the vehicle was regularly maintained at the dealership it came from or at an independent mechanic it is considered fine and the car checks out. If they went to a “shade tree” mechanic, these cars should be avoided because you can not certify that it was taken care of properly. The next step is to make sure that all maintenance is up-to-date with the owner.

 

Collision History

 

The following aspect you need to check is the collision history to look if there were any accidents and how much the damage was. You should never depend on just the vehicle history reports because they are not 100% accurate and they leave out some of the accidents that happened. What you can do to conduct your own added research is simply ask the owner themselves for any accidents. For added protection you should also conduct a car inspection, which is already done for you if you purchase a pre-owned car from a dealership. This inspection performed by a licensed personnel is the second step to discover what is really “under the hood”.

 

Conclusion

 

After all the research has been done, the only thing left to consider is whether the pre-owned vehicle meets all your needs and wants. Conducting the right and thorough research will make buying a used car successful and help you save a lot of money during this pandemic. So remember all these tips and remember to also stay safe while doing so. If you are looking for a “contactless” transaction, you can click on Keller Ford Inventory tab at the top and begin searching!