The Advantages of Used Cars

In today’s economy, purchasing a used car makes perfect economic sense. In fact, since so many people are holding onto their cars for longer periods of time that used cars have actually increased in value. This is due, in part, to the fact that fewer used vehicles are coming on the market. Thanks to better engineering, it is possible for almost any modern car to last for nearly 300,000 kilometres, if properly maintained. The average age of the car on the road today is slightly more than 11 years.

The most obvious advantage when purchasing a used car is the smaller down payment required. In many cases, if the buyer has budgeted wisely, he is able to buy his car outright for cash. Even if the individual is not able to eliminate his monthly payment altogether, he will have a payment that is a great deal lower by purchasing used. With job insecurity at an all-time high, lowering monthly expenses is a prudent measure that provides a safety net. In addition to the smaller down payment, you save on taxes and fees that are associated with purchasing new.

The cost of insuring a used vehicle is usually considerably less, especially if you decide to eliminate comprehensive and collision coverage. Another advantage to buying a used car is that most of that kinks or hiccups will have been worked out. The previous owner will likely have taking care of any problems that were on the scene at the factory. This makes your car more reliable. Even though you are likely to love your used car, you are less likely to be stressed about keeping it looking brand-new and scratch free. It is also likely to be less of a target for theft. When it comes time to sell or trade in your use vehicle, you may find that it hasn’t lost much in value. That is because the steepest depreciation usually comes within the first six months of a car’s life. So you are likely to find that your used car holds its value very well, if you have chosen well.

If you are looking at used cars, please pay us a visit. We have many quality used vehicles in stock and will be happy to help you select a car that fits your budget and that you will love.

Your Guide to Securing an Auto Loan With Ease

Securing any type of loan is not easy, and securing an auto loan is no different. The process for securing the funds you need to purchase a vehicle can be time consuming, convoluted and downright frustrating. However, if you keep in mind the following advice before shopping for car loans, you can make the car buying process much less of a hassle.

Know Your Credit

A higher credit score means better interest rates, so if you have a good score don’t be afraid to brag about it. If the lender thinks that you’re unware of just how good your credit score is, they may try to undermine you by offering just average rates. Don’t let this happen, and make it clear from the get-go that you expect prime rates for a prime score.

If your credit score is not so great, don’t worry—you’ll still be able to get an auto loan. However, you may have to pay higher interest rates, so just take your time shopping around for the lowest rates your credit will buy you.

Set a Budget

Just because you have a great credit score does not mean that you should shop outside of your means. The dealership will probably try to convince you to take out more than you can afford because your credit can support it, but don’t do this. To set a realistic budget, add up all of your monthly expenses, including how much you plan to save each month, your yearly tax obligation and any other annual fees you have (property taxes, health club, etc.). Subtract the total from your annual salary and that is how much you can afford for a vehicle.

Show Up With a Down Payment

An ample down payment is the best way to reduce the amount you need to borrow and therefore, to make you more a more desirable borrower in lenders’ eyes. The less risk you pose the better, and a nice down payment is a sure sign of a safe debtor.

Car loans aren’t impossible to come by—just difficult. If you want to eliminate the hassle of car shopping, try the tips above.