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4 Reasons to Buy a New Car

February 5th, 2014

When I was car shopping for my first vehicle my dad was adamant about telling me to buy a used car instead of a new one. That’s probably because his dad told him the same thing. Generations of people have been giving the same advise that buying used is better than buying a new car, and it’s pretty rare that this advice is questioned. No matter how far back the legacy of used car recommendations go in your family, it’s always wise to at least listen to the other side of the story before making a final decision.

Car ShoppingIn today’s unpredictable economy the rules of yesteryear don’t necessarily apply to today. Although there are tons of reasons to choose a new car over a used one, we narrowed it down to the four strongest arguments: safety, cost, responsibility and market value. At least hear us out before you head down to the neighborhood car lot to see the man in the plaid coat, will ya?

  1. Risk Less. There’s no other way to put it: New cars are safer than used cars. There are a lot of reasons for this. First of all, new cars–especially within the past few years–have an amazing amount of new safety features integrated with the latest technological developments. There are warnings for when another car is in your blind spot, rear-view cameras for fender-bender-free parking, and communications systems wrapped in to every aspect so if you find yourself in an emergency there will be someone there to help in no time. Compare this with your expectations for a used car where before you even take it home you budget for immediate tune-ups and major fixes. Not to mention the constant risk of breaking down or having unknown problems arise, and the cost of maintenance at a paranoid level to soothe these worries. Used cars are riskier than new cars. That’s all there is to it.
  2. Spend Less. Have you looked in to any of the government cash incentives for purchasing environmentally friendly cars? To get the good discounts you have to buy the most recent models, but it’s worth it–you can get anywhere from a $4,000 to a $7,500 tax credit for making the decision to purchase a fuel efficient car. Wasn’t that about how much you were planning to spend on repairs for a used car within the first few months? Beyond getting tax credits from the government for fuel-efficient cars, automotive manufacturers are practically giving cars away these days. If they are offering new cars for pretty much the same price as an old one there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in the less expensive, less risky option.
  3. Pollute Less. If you’re not trying to reduce your carbon footprint in the world, you’re not living in 2014. The automotive industry has had such amazing breakthroughs in fuel efficiency over the past decade that shopping for cars is as fun as shopping for organic quinoa. Even if you’ve never hugged a tree you’re not exempt from the record high gas prices. Fuel-efficient cars save the earth without breaking the bank. And this doesn’t just apply to tiny British import cars anymore. Now you can get trucks, SUVs, and any other type of vehicle in a fuel-efficient option and save tons of money on gas in the long run. Green is the new black!
  4. Worth-Less. Once upon a time the entire world was focused on how much value a new car lost as soon as its owner drove it off the lot. Today, thanks to the government’s excessive money printing and the declining value of the dollar, inflation is so rapidly eroding that you mind as well agree to today’s car prices, since they’ll be worth less and less as time goes on. Related to this, the federal government has a significantly lower cost of lending than it did in years past. Who knows if it’s possible for interest rates to get any lower. Now is the time to buy.

What other reasons are there to buy a new car instead of used? Tip us off in the comment section!