The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear used cars, is probably some old clunky, yellow, metal box of a car and a matching plaid-clad salesman trying their best to rip you off. And while some parts of that do exist, the reality is quite far from it. In fact, there are many used car lots are filled with certified vehicles that look like new. If you go the used car route, as opposed to buying new, you can actually reap a variety of benefits. If you are wondering what said benefits might be, keep reading.

Advantages of used cars.
1. Better Price

“The price gap between the average new and used car is right around $20,000,” according to Joe Wiesenfelder,’s Executive Editor. Taking the 2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 TD V6 HSE as an example; a new one would cost you a clean £98,000 while an almost new one with about 50,000 miles would cost you £20,975. Read about the price gap between new and used vehicles to find out more on this.

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2009 Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 TD V6 HSE
2. Depreciation Benefits

Remember when they said that a car starts to lose money as soon as you drive it off the lot? Sadly that is still the case and it’s why used cars are better bargains. It’s also why you can buy a 2009 Porsche for the price of a 2013 Honda. Should you buy a car that’s a year or two old, it will still depreciate, but you’ll lose less money less quickly. And you’ll avoid that big initial hit that the previous owner took. I say that is a win.

3. Variety (You can buy any make or model year)

Because you are not limited to certain makes and models and trends etc. You are literally free to get anything that you want (car wise of course). This is also dependent on whether you are importing the car or buying it locally. Certain countries; KenyaAsiaSouthern AfricaAustralia & New Zealand have some restrictions when it comes to importing from other regions.


5. Technology

What did people do before the internet? Now, you search for cars online, pay and have it delivered to you without having to leave the comfort of wherever it is you are. If you want to know a car’s value, you have sites like where you can search for the value of a specific year, make, and model in various conditions. Other sites allow you to find out historical information about specific vehicles. Now tell me that isn’t just the greatest thing you ever heard in your life?


Whilst there are a number of advantages for used car, there are also major advantages of new cars too. Some of the advantages of a new car include:

1. Made to Order

You can specify a new car just the way you want it, or at least have the dealer search for one with the right combination of options and interior and exterior. All you need to do is snap on some goggles and go car shopping

2. It’s Not Used

Obviously! A new car has not been in any accidents or mistreated by unknown monsters. It does not have a funny smell. It has seen no wear or tear (yes they add character to the car, but are you buying the character or a new car?). The best thing is that it has only being driven off the line, onto a transporter, and around the dealer’s lot. It also comes with warranty that is untouched, the best one there is.

3. Higher Fuel Efficiency and Lower Emissions

Cars largely getting more fuel efficient, even while simultaneously getting more powerful. The newest versions of diesels are cleaner than ever before, and options in the hybrid segment are growing, too, if you are into that sort of thing.


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2015 Land Rover Range Rover 3.0 SD V6 Vogue

New cars smell amazing, but how much is that scent really worth? When you buy a used car at a manufacturer’s dealership, you’ll know that they’ve inspected the vehicle and that it meets the strict requirements for certification. Find out more about how to avoid buying stolen cars from the UK here. By going beyond the initial sale price and considering the total cost of buying new, you can get a better idea of how much it costs to have the privilege of being the first owner of your next car. You will thank yourself (and me) for buying a slightly-used car that’s in good condition.