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When buying a car everyone is always presented with the decision of buying new or used. With car dealerships selling hundreds of new models and more used cars than there are people to drive them, you are almost guaranteed to find a great car whichever route you choose. In the end, the decision to buy new or used boils down to what you can afford and what will give you peace of mind.

If money is a concern for you than buying a used car gets you the most vehicle for the least amount of money. For less than half the price of the average new car you can buy a four-year-old used car but buying a used vehicle also has its risks. The fact is consumers are buying a vehicle that someone else has owned and driven. A used vehicle will require maintenance and possibly expensive repairs far sooner than a new one.

For some people buying new is the only option they are willing to explore, they want a brand spanking new Dodge car. People get excited by the fact they can take pride in selecting the color and features that go on their car. Outside of the peace of mind that you are the vehicles first and only owner there are a few other advantages:

  • Reduced maintenance: new vehicles won’t need maintenance for the first several thousand miles, and from there you may only need an oil change or a tuneup. Some manufacturers even cover routine costs and you may not have any maintenance costs for the first couple years of ownership.
  • Warranty coverage: the manufacturer covers new vehicles under warranty for at least three years, and some warranties last even longer. Luxury carmakers often make now offer warranties of four years and 50,000-60,000 miles. There are also automaker provide warranty coverage for both corrosion resistance and powertrains and if you buy the vehicle used the warranty may not be transferable.
  • Peace of mind: if you encounter problems with your new car, you have legal recourse through a law called the Lemon Law, which is offered in all 50 states. If you have a substantial amount of problems with your new car you could receive a replacement vehicle or your money back.

For those who aren’t set on buying new, or if money is an issue, used vehicles have their own benefits.

  • Increased choice: with the economy not being as great as it once was consumers are presented with a greater choice of cars at Dodge dealers due to slowing sales.
  • Improving reliability: while motorists may not be able to get the same warranties as new ones, the original factory warranty on a new car is transferable to a second owner usually at no charge. When buying a used car if it is a certified pre-owned car from an authorized dealer, the warranty comes with it as well as the option to add to it. The greater reliability and durability of vehicles and the availability of warranties make buying a used car less of a gamble.

So overall either choice has its benefits and setbacks and ultimately the choice is the buyers. For any additional questions regarding buying new or used cars see your local Chapman Dodge dealer.