Are you opting for a second hand car? It is important to have comprehensive information on the benefits and disadvantages on second hand cars in order to make a prudent choice.


One of the greatest advantages of buying a used car is that there will be enormous savings in cost.  When you buy a used car, expect that you will get it at a fraction of the cost of a new model. New cars have the misfortune of depreciating in value the instant they leave the showroom.  However, this loss to the seller serves as a blessing in disguise for a buyer. Not only is the price low but there is an opportunity to bargain. The price tag is therefore a mere suggestion, take it as an opportunity to negotiate. Another way that you will be laughing all the way to the bank is that as a used car buyer you won’t incur any additional costs on top of the selling price. Those extra costs were already covered by the seller, you won’t have to worry about them. In fact you will even part with fewer pounds on insurance than with a new car.

Hidden Problems

One of the biggest disadvantages of buying a second hand car is that of hidden problems. When you are buying a used car, you are basically taking the word of the seller on the condition of the car as the gospel truth. You have no concrete evidence on the car’s actual condition. The seller in their attempt to paint the best picture of the car, may hold back some information. You must be wary especially when buying from an individual not a car dealer. It is not uncommon to hear stories of cars that irredeemably broke down a mere three months after being purchased. When buying a used car, it is wiser to buy from a reputable dealer and/or have a competent and trusted mechanic inspect the car. Better safe than sorry.


Another trait of the used car market that used car buyers will appreciate is the variety of cars available. Used car buyer can not only expect variety but a variety of car models from brands which would have been inaccessible to the buyer when new due to their high cost.  In that extensive catalogue of cars available, you may be surprised at the amazing deals you get on cars you had dubbed expensive. You might even start rethinking getting that inadequate new car you were settling for, simply because they’re better functioning cars at better prices in your reach at the moment. Simply put, the used car market is simply a cheap way of driving that expensive brand you have been dreaming about.


Another disadvantage of used cars is that more times than not you will be buying a car without a warranty. This is especially true for cars bought from individuals. Buying a used car already bares the risk of possible hidden problems, how much more of a greater risk are you exposing yourself to when you buy a car without a warranty? The importance of a warranty for vehicles cannot be stressed enough. A car as a machine is already imperfect, there is always a risk that it may not be as it is packaged. With a warranty at least the manufacturer remains liable for any manufacturing faults. However, it must be said that it is very rare to have to use it. Most car manufacturers ensure their cars meet the topmost caliber. The good news is that there are used cars which include a warranty. It is best to opt for those.