There used to be a lot of risks associated with purchasing a pre-loved vehicle. If the previous owner hadn’t kept up with maintenance, or if it had simply faced the wear and tear that comes with the job, it could be unreliable, and drivers may end up just buying another car within a few years once that one falls apart. However, these days, in the face of a more competitive auto market, cars are being built to be more durable and last longer. This is a huge benefit of buying used.
Automotive research says that over the past decade, issues with the exhaust, engine, and transmission are less of an issue in today’s market. This means that vehicles produced within the past five years shouldn’t need any major repairs for the next six to eight years.
Safety is another big thing. After 2009, advanced safety systems like an antilock braking system or traction control became commonplace, so even a used car made within the past 7 years will have updated safety features that can compete with even the newest vehicles on the market. That gets even better the more recent model year you buy; following 2012, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) legally required all vehicles to have stability control as a standard feature.
Value is, of course, a major benefit to buying used. Not only are used cars significantly more affordable than new cars, but they don’t lose value as quickly, either. New cars begin losing value the moment you drive them off the lot, with most depreciation occurring within the first three years. Used cars older than four years, then, have already gone through this process and won’t have a depreciation curve quite as steep. You can get pre-approved by filling out our pre-qualification finance application.
Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking to drive a greener car, buying used can have significant positive impact on the environment. The process of building or disposing automobiles is terrible for the planet, as studies show that anywhere between 12 to 28 percent of carbon dioxide emissions released by a vehicle occur during manufacturing and shipment. You can cut this percentage out of the process entirely by purchasing a used car.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by Pollard Used Cars located at 4101 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX and browse our inventory. Or give us a call at (866) 202-0928.