There are a number of good reasons you may be considering a used car or truck for your next vehicle purchase.
Price is certainly one of the more common motivators. If you’re primarily needing to get from place to place in relative comfort, the right used vehicle might fit the bill at half the expense – or less. If you’re comfortable with an older model and know enough about basic maintenance, there are some serious bargains out there.
Some buyers like older models because they’re easier to work on and they like doing basic maintenance themselves. A few may be looking for specific “collectors” models, despite the higher price ranges involved. Or maybe you have reasons of your own which don’t quite fit any of these categories. There are no “wrong” reasons for wanting a used car or truck.
Deciding to buy used gives you a wide array of options for where you’ll shop as well. Major dealerships almost always have a selection of used vehicles of various makes and models they’ve taken in on trade. You’ll likely notice countless smaller dealers set up on smaller lots around town as well.
Then, of course, there are always individuals looking to sell, through the local newspaper, online posts, or flyers posted at work or school. In the past decade, the internet has exploded with sites offering to find the vehicle you want somewhere near you, and may even show you the average purchase price of comparable options in the past year so you’ll have a better idea what to expect.
It’s great to have so many choices, but it can be a bit daunting sorting through them all. Generally speaking, the greater the security of your purchase – going through a well-established local dealer, for example – the more you’re likely to pay. The more risk you take – paying cash to a guy you found on a flyer – the better deal you may get. Or not.