Some people always prefer to buy a new car. But as we’ll discuss below, buying used cars has many valuable advantages.First of all, as you already know, used cars nearly always cost less than new cars. Even if a car is still in pristine condition, its value falls once it has already had an owner. That’s a great way to pay less or get a higher tier of car for your money.
Or, if you’re looking for a real bargain, you can find used cars at prices that no new car can touch. As of 2022, the cheapest brand-new car costs more than $15,000. Many used cars cost a fraction of that sum. Note that our listings on usedcars.com include Carfax value estimates, which tell you whether a used car for sale is listed at a fair price given its make and model, age, mileage, features, and condition.
Another advantage is availability. These days, getting your hands on many new cars has meant enduring months-long waiting lists. When a used car is for sale, you can just take it home. That’s an essential benefit if you need transportation today, not in seven months. Buying used cars also gives you access to great makes and models that are no longer on sale new.
Used cars are also friendlier to the environment. That’s because they’ve already been manufactured and shipped, which are energy-intensive, polluting processes. When you take home a used car, that’s a negligible environmental impact.
Some people worry about the condition of a used car they’re buying. But there are valuable tools that can ease those concerns.
First of all, many used cars are available with warranties. Some have third-party warranties purchased by the seller. Some have manufacturer warranties under a “certified pre-owned” program, which also involves reconditioning a used car to strict manufacturer standards. And lightly used cars can still fall under the original manufacturer warranty.
Secondly, our listings provide access to Carfax vehicle history reports. These reports include a car’s service records, registration data, and damage repairs. You’ll see if this car was rebuilt after a collision, which would reduce its value due to a higher risk of reliability defects. And you’ll see if it was meticulously maintained, which is an encouraging sign that you’re not buying a lemon.
Get started with your used car search today and find the bargain you’ve been waiting for!