So, you’re thinking of buying a used car? While buying a used car has many benefits, like anything with life, there can also be drawbacks. Driving can be expensive, and purchasing a brand-new model right off the assembly line can set you back thousands.

While purchasing a used auto can save you money in the initial purchase, it can also come with some added costs down the line, depending on the model you choose and the car’s age. Read on to learn more.

Repairs

Buying a used car means that you should expect a higher number of issues than buying a brand-new vehicle. Number one on the list has to be any repairs going forward. Car parts wear and break down naturally as the car is used over time. While it’s always good to have reliable mechanics you can use, knowing what faults are common and signs of wear can help you avoid making a bad purchase. Doing your research into the car, you want to buy and taking someone with you who knows what to look for under the hood can potentially save you from many headaches and much expense down the line.

Gas

From fully electric models to hybrids and simply better mechanics, there is no denying that technology is doing wonders for the auto world. Newer cars are more energy efficient and use less gas. however, older cars don’t come with many of the benefits of mower models, meaning you can potentially be paying more for gas for an older car than you would for a brand-new vehicle.

Increased Insurance Premiums

There are many factors that play a part in how much your car insurance costs, from your address to your driving history and the make and model of the auto. Did you know that the age of a car can play a part in how high your premiums are? Get a quote ahead of time, so you know how much you can typically expect to pay for your premiums to remove any doubt and see precisely how much it’ll cost.

Depreciation

Cars will lose value from the very first time they are driven. That is a fact. It will continue to lose 15-20% of its value each year it is driven. So if you are looking at potentially reselling it in the near future, i.e., if you are to upgrade to a newer vehicle, you should bear this in mind. Pay attention to this when purchasing your car, especially when looking at older models. If this makes a difference to you, it can be worth looking at used vehicles that are only a year or too old to help retain as much value as possible.

Conclusion

Driving can come with many costs, from maintenance to insurance costs, gas, and keeping it in good condition. All of these factors and more should be considered for any purchase, especially if you are considering older cars. Always do your research and ensure you can afford the ongoing costs associated with used vehicles to ensure you can drive it and enjoy it for as long as you need to.

 


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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