Many people who need a car decide to buy the cheapest used car they can afford. This might be okay and you just might happen upon a bargain, but it’s much more likely that you will do nothing but fork out money for repair after repair as the years go by.
For a start, a cheap car may have hardly any time left on it. The tires might be shot and the clutch be bad. So what happens? You have to fork out money for repairs before you’ve even finished paying the cost. You might have factored repair costs into your budget but what about the hassle of breaking down on the road? It will not be a good feeling to find yourself stuck in the middle of peak hour traffic with irate drivers honking their horns at you while you try and push the car off the road. Then there are the towing fees….
If you go for a quality car on the other hand, you may have to pay a bit more for it initially but most of the above will not happen to you. A quality used car will be a safer vehicle to drive. It will give you peace of mind if you need to take long trips. A quality car will usually have better safety features like adjustable seat belt height, anti-lock brakes and air bags. You should have a reasonable warranty on a car that is just that bit more expensive, so if there are repairs needed, you may not have to pay for them out of your own pocket.
A quality car will usually be worth more as a trade-in when the time comes to sell it. If you buy something that is heap of junk now, you’ll be lucky to interest even the auto-wreckers in it in a few years time, so it’s really worthwhile considering whether you are really saving anything.
Insurance is another big consideration. A quality car will have good insurance on it, while a junk pile may not have any. While a used car may cost a lot less in terms of insurance, registration and so forth, you don’t want to pay out for these things and then find out you have no car because major repairs are needed before it is roadworthy. So take time to consider what is the best car for you.