Buying a car to help you get around South Burlington, Chittenden County, and St. Albans can be one of the most exciting times of your life. While you're researching models and features that best meet your driving needs, there is one other major factor you need to consider: Should you buy a new or used car?

Both new and used cars have their distinct advantages, which can sometimes make it hard for consumers to choose between the two. Here are some quick facts to help you decide between new vs. used cars, so you can pick a vehicle that meets your driving needs and your shopping budget. 

Advantages of Buying a New Car

If you're trying to decide whether a new or used car is right for you, it's best to examine their strengths and weaknesses individually. Let's start with new cars.

One of the biggest advantages of buying a new car is that you can choose a vehicle that's loaded with the latest and greatest features. Every year, new features hit the car market, particularly in the realm of technology, and buying new means having these cutting-edge features right at your fingertips.

Newer models also provide better performance and fuel efficiency than used cars. This means that a new car will require much fewer stops at the gas pump and a more consistent driving experience.

The drawbacks of buying a new vehicle have mostly to do with cost. The price tag will be much higher on a new car, and your vehicle's value will start depreciating almost immediately after you drive off the lot. In addition, buying a new car also means having to cover sales taxes and other fees.

Benefits of Purchasing a Used Car

For many consumers, particularly cost-savvy individuals, buying a used car can be a fantastic choice. The upfront cost of a used vehicle will almost always be thousands less than a new car, and you'll also not need to save as large of a down payment. Since the total price of the car is much lower, you can opt for a higher end vehicle, such as a luxury model, that comes loaded with great features.

Also, when buying used, most of the depreciation of the vehicle will have been experienced by the original owner, saving you a great deal of money and stress. Used cars also usually won't require the same amount of taxes or fees as a new car.

The disadvantage of a used car is that you must be very careful about what vehicle you're purchasing. If you don't check the vehicle's history, you may end up purchasing a car that hasn't been properly cared for. Fortunately, this shouldn't be an issue if you purchase your used car from a dependable dealership.

Buy a New or Used Car

Purchasing either a new or used car is a big decision, and depends entirely on your needs. If you need help choosing new vs. used cars, you should get advice from a trusted dealership like Goss Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep.

Goss Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep serves car buyers from Chittenden County, St. Albans, and South Burlington, and our team can help you decide which of our new or pre-owned vehicle is right for you.

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Goss Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep FIAT

1485 Shelburne Rd
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