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Considerations between Buying a New or Used Vehicles

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The start of the world health pandemic changed how people live, work, eat, travel, and even what they purchase.  For instance, many employees began working from home or partly from home and office (a hybrid model) to minimize the spread of the virus.

But now, the transmissions and new corona cases have reduced, and now people are required to resume work, travel, or go shopping.  You’re here because you might be one of those considering getting a new car.

The prospect of owning a car can cause both excitement and anxiety.  Like most people, you might be wondering whether to buy a new or used vehicle.  You want comfort and, at the same time, a vehicle that you can sell later and recoup some loss.  Before going to the dealership, you need to consider some factors because this can help you save money and time.

Here are the top 10 factors to consider when buying a brand new or pre-owned vehicle.

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The Cost of Buying the Car

Do you have the money that you need to buy a new vehicle?  Possibly not.  The pennies you have saved might not be enough for a new auto straight out, but maybe an old one.  But if you can save longer, get a job that pays well, or check if you qualify for a car loan, you might afford a new one right away.

A loan provider may lend you the amount of money to buy a new vehicle.  You can check and compare prices or calculate the loan you need on  On the other hand, you might not need to take a loan to buy a used car based on the make and model because it’s cheaper than a new one.

The Cost of Insuring It

Insurance is another cost that you need to consider when buying a car.  It costs more to insure a new vehicle than a used one.  The cost also varies depending on the make, model, age, etc.  It also costs less to replace a much older model than a brand new one.

Also, a teen driver pays a higher premium than a driver in another age group.  Insurance providers consider drivers in their early twenties risky due to their lack of driving experience and higher potential to engage in an at-fault  crash.  So, it will cost you less to insure a used sports car than a new one if you’re a young driver.  Therefore, narrow down your options and run a comparison between insuring a new and used car of the same make.

The Type of Car for Your Needs

You must evaluate what type of vehicle meets your needs.  Do you need a bigger car to accommodate your family or a smaller one for your own use?   What are the features and technology you’re interested in?  Of course, brand new vehicles are better in terms of technology and features.  You can decide on a vehicle with lower emissions and better gas mileage or a hybrid one.   The beauty of improved technology is that you can find your way with GPS, listen to music, connect with your smartphone and play an online driving game on as you wait for your buddies.

Further, buying a new car gives you a great opportunity to upgrade the sound system and tires and get extra safety measures as well as advanced features.  However, this is not possible when buying a used car.  You can’t get all this luxury in someone else’s vehicle because they purchased it based on their preferences but not that of the future buyer.  Also, you should be cautious when searching for a pre-owned car.  You risk getting one with hidden major issues that the dealer is not ready to tell you about despite the Used Car Rule by FTC that mandates them to display a Buyer’s Guide.

The use of the car can help when deciding the type to buy.  For instance, do you need to drive short or long distances, go out with friends, shop for groceries, etc?  Such information can guide you decide on the style and the age of the vehicle that best suits you.  Also, car reviews on specific makes and models can help decide whether to purchase a new or used one.


Buying a car is not an investment.  It’s not like buying a house or stocks.  But many new vehicle owners tend to ignore this factor.  Automobiles depreciate their value over time.  In fact, a new car loses its value immediately after you drive it off the parking lot and is hit by the biggest depreciation in its first three years.

On the other hand, a used car doesn’t have such issues because the previous owner took that biggest depreciation.  Of course, you can find a well-maintained pre-owned vehicle, and when you maintain it well, you can recoup the costs when selling it.


Consumer goods, cars included, have warranties.  Actually, you might have heard several reports of manufacturers recalling some vehicles models because of some faults.  This is because these automakers are not perfect, so they make mistakes.

A warranty is crucial because it protects the buyer, and in case of major repairs, the bill will not be on you.  The good news is that brand new cars have a factory warranty which is longer and can protect you for a few years.  However, some used vehicles have a standard warranty but not for an extended period; otherwise, the seller will charge you more.


Whether to buy a brand new or a used car depends on you.  It depends on the amount of money you have or the amount of loan you intend to apply for and whether you qualify for it.  It also depends on your needs, the cost of insuring the car, the depreciation ad warranties.

While a new machine smells special and has the latest software and features, it costs more to acquire and maintain it.  Your new vehicle loses its value (depreciate) as you continue driving it.  But if you want to save some money and a used car can serve your needs, search for one.  Remember, your happiness comes first.

Be a safe driver and happy driving.

Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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