Benefits of Buying a Used Car

Buying Used Car

When the time finally arrives to head off to pick out a new set of wheels, Callaway and Springfield area drivers are flush with great options. One of the first things you’ll have to consider is whether to choose a used car, truck, or SUV over a brand-new model.

While each offers their own distinct advantages, this article will focus on the benefits of buying a used car. Continue reading and please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Volkswagen of Panama City with any questions!
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Why Buy a Used Car?

Car Financing In the debate over used vs. new cars, it’s easy to go around in circles over which type of vehicle is the better option. Ultimately, the plain and simple truth is that it all comes down to your own personal preference. If you love the idea of being the first owner of a new car, truck, or SUV, we fully support your decision.

On the other hand, if this doesn’t top your priority list, then buying a used car is often a smart choice. A few important reasons include:

  • Minimizes Depreciation

It’s a well-known fact that the bulk of a new car’s depreciation occurs within the first 12 months of ownership. Depending on the type of vehicle, this number is often between 20-30%!

Buying used allows you to avoid taking this initial hit while still enjoying a high-performing vehicle. The bulk of used cars in our inventory range from 1-3 years old, meaning you won’t miss out on any of the latest innovations and special features many modern cars supply.

  • Greater Variety of Options

Simply put, the used car market dwarfs the selection of new cars out there in the world. This not only gives you lots of wiggle room financing-wise, it also makes it possible to find the model and trim that perfectly suits your unique needs.

  • It’s Often Easy to Upgrade 

Depending on its age, mileage, and condition, it’s possible to secure a great rate on a higher trim level or luxury brand if you choose to buy used. A used car may be perfect for those with premium tastes, but want to stay within a specific price range.

  • You Sometimes Can Snag an Existing Warranty

If you come across a lightly-driven used car that’s only a few years old, you might have the good fortune of it still being under the factory warranty. This not only grants you greater peace of mind, but depending on the brand, additional perks to enjoy, too!

Used Car Buying Tips

Used Car BuyerSo, you’ve decided to go the used-car route. Now, before you make a bee line for the dealership, we suggest first taking a few steps before your first test drive like:

  1. Take account of your lifestyle. We all have dreams of cruising along the coast behind the wheel of a sporty coupe. Now, should you imagine that coupe filled with soccer equipment and a child’s car seat?
  2. Set a Budget. The average length of a used car loan is five years. So, it’s wise to determine what you’ll be comfortable paying month after month before signing on the dotted line.
  3. Check the Vehicle’s History Report. Using a site like CARFAX® can provide you with key insight into a used car’s service records, accident history, and any potential recalls.
  4. Always Take a Test Drive. You wouldn’t buy a home without doing a thorough inspection, the same rule should apply for any used car you have your sights on.

Final Step: Visit VW of Panama City

We hope you found our short guide to the benefits of buying a used car helpful. If you’re still weighing your options between used vs. new cars, we hope you’ll allow our friendly team to lend a hand.

To take a closer look, visit our convenient location near Callaway and Springfield or go online to schedule a test drive today!

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Volkswagen of Panama City
Volkswagen of Panama City
3605 E 15th St
Panama City, FL, 32404 US
(850) 257-2800
Volkswagen of Panama City 30.1756692, -85.6043328.