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New Cars vs. Used Cars
You need a new car, truck, SUV, crossover, or van; but do you need a brand-new vehicle? One of the first questions that a shopper must consider is whether they would prefer a new or used vehicle for their next long-term ride. For those who are firmly on the fence, there are advantages to either choice that might help sway your decision. Consider the following major advantages of each approach.
Pros of New Vehicles
Get it How You Want. If you are particular about the kind of vehicle you want—whether it be a particular engine or transmission, a certain sort of seating material, or even a preferred exterior color—buying new may be the best way to go. You can get your next vehicle exactly the way you want it, up to and including equipping it with certified parts and accessories.
New Vehicle Warranty. Buying a brand-new car guarantees the full, unfettered protection of the factory warranty. If you purchase a new Nissan, for example, you will be protected by a 36-month/36,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. With a new vehicle warranty, you will have one less worry in the watches of the night.
The Latest Everything. If you value being on the cutting-edge technologically, there is no more sound choice than buying new. A brand-new vehicle offers the absolute latest not just in infotainment and connectivity technology, but it also provides the most up-to-date safety and performance technology, which means you will be better protected and save more money at the pump and in the shop.
Pros of Used Vehicles
Lower Prices. By purchasing a used vehicle, even one that is only a model-year or two old, you will have a lower upfront cost thanks to natural vehicle depreciation. Furthermore, buying a used vehicle tends to carry lower insurance costs and cheaper registration fees and taxes. Because of the lower cost, you could move up market and buy a used luxury vehicle or add any number of parts and accessories to upgrade your vehicle of choice.
CPO Programs. If you are still put off by the long-outdated stigma attached to used cars, consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. Nissan offers a CPO program that requires a vehicle be less than six years old, have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and pass a 167-point inspection. Nissan CPOs are protected by a 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty and are offered with the peace of mind of 7-year/100,000-mile 24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance and Car Rental Reimbursement.
More reliability. Even if the vehicle you want does not qualify as a CPO, vehicle manufacturing standards have improved exponentially in the last 20 years, meaning that even a well-used model that has 100,000 miles or more on the odometer should be more than up to the task of getting you from point A to point B dependably.
When shopping for a new vehicle, there is no such thing as a wrong choice so long as you follow what you want and adhere to your needs. Consider your priorities when narrowing down your search, and you will likely wind up with a vehicle that you will love for years to come.