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Buying An Old Car: Common Myths Busted!

Buying An Old Car: Common Myths Busted!

Posted On 07 Aug, 2013

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When you are looking to purchase a used vehicle, it can be difficult to decide what is important and what is less so. There are a lot of false facts that float around in the used car world. These can hinder your chance to get the best possible deal. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the worst myths and associated facts.

Myth: Buying a used car is risky, because you don’t know about the car’s problems or what happened to it before you purchased.

Fact: All vehicles have unique identification numbers. This means, if the vehicle of your choice has been involved in any incident or accident during its lifespan, you can find out all about it. You can even order a paper copy of this information to read at your own leisure. This is a great way to ensure that you feel safe and secure in your search for a used vehicle.

Myth: Used car dealerships ill-treat the customers and try to trick them.

Fact: Now that the internet provides reviews of most businesses in the world, it is almost impossible to stay unaware of shady dealerships. In fact, it is unlikely that any businesses of this kind would even stay open long. You can read reviews, and research any dealership, no matter how large or small, and make sure that you are making an informed purchase. Large dealerships, like Hertz, are safe and already have a brand reputation that they have to take care of.

Myth: Used cars are not as good as new cars.

Fact: The truth is, used cars can be sold with a comprehensive warranty just as easily as a new car can. In addition to this, the relatively lower cost of a used car, means that you can add any extra features for a fraction of the cost. Items such as heated seats or a sports package can definitely make a car much more valuable in the long term. If you don’t want to add on features yourself, don’t worry as a lot of used cars have also been upgraded by their previous owners. So, if you look hard enough, you can purchase a fully kitted out car, again, for a fraction of the cost of a new one without any additions.

Myth: Used cars aren’t as reliable.

Fact: Used cars that have been maintained by their owners and come from a good manufacturer should be as reliable as any new car. As long as you make sure that you have a good warranty on your chosen used vehicle, it should last many years. In fact, it is better for you to buy a used car with a reliable brand, than a new car of a cheaper brand that you know less about.

In short, it is important to enter the arena of ‘used car purchasing’ with an open mind, and to remember that the tried and tested category beats the new and unexplored in a lot of cases.

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