Each year in the UK, used car sales outnumber new-car purchases by around three to one. Here, we look at the pros and cons of buying a new car versus an old one.
Buying a new car
The big advantages of new cars are threefold. Firstly, buyers get to choose the exact specification. Secondly, the owner will get benefits such as the full warranty package and any ‘sweetener’ deals that are on offer at the time of purchase. Finally, there will be no unknown history to worry about.
There are more good reasons to buy new. Newer cars will have more advanced technology. The value of this should not be underestimated, particularly in the areas of fuel efficiency (where huge advances have been made comparatively recently) and safety. Features such as stability control give invaluable or even life-saving help in the event of an emergency.
On the downside, it’s also true that most breakdowns in modern [...]