New Car Versus Used Car
You may have no other choice than to buy a used car if your finances just cannot stretch to a new one. Still, you tell yourself that a second hand vehicle is better than no vehicle at all. The unfortunate fact is however, that this is not always true.
Cars are so important to our lives. We attach a tremendous amount of importance to them. For many of us, they are the defining measure of or our worth and accomplishments. Cars are the ultimate status symbol in a society that is unashamedly hooked on material things.
Aside from being a status symbol our vehicles do in fact provide the very practical function of transporting us from place to place. They are extremely convenient because they literally deliver us from door to door unlike public transport which requires people to get to a designated station in order to join it. Our vehicles are handy for moving our families around and the storage trunks mean that we can move goods too.
Given that a vehicle provides such an essential component to many of our lives, be it social standing or practical assistance, we have to be sure that we get the right one that will serve our needs properly. Also, since they cost quite a bit of money, it is important that we invest sensibly because it will be extremely hard to recover the amount should we make a mistake.
If you buy a new automobile you only need worry that you get one that is aesthetically pleasing to you and that it has the physical capacity to meet your needs in terms of size and fuel consumption etc. Other than that you have little worry. It is likely to be 100 percent reliable and if something did go wrong with it within a period of time you can return it to the dealers and have it replaced with another new one. There are few surprises with a new vehicle.
Second hand cars on the other hand are a whole different ball game. And it can be pot luck as to what you end up with. In many cases there is very little come back if things go wrong and you could end up with a disaster on your hands. Also, unlike a new vehicle, or one less than a few years old, you will be required to perform annual road worthiness tests. The tests in themselves cost money and getting the car to the standard in which is passes could also leave you out of pocket.
This is not to say that all second hand cars are a disaster story. If that were the case, the used car industry would not be so robust. You just have to be sure that you are purchasing something that will serve you well. There are certain things you can do to improve your chances of getting a good deal. For example, buying from a reputable dealer that offers guarantees or checking that there have not been too many previous owners.
Purchasing used cars can work out well and help you live your life respectfully and with convenience. However, do your homework thoroughly before you are tempted to part with your hard earned cash.