Should I Buy a New or Used Car?

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Many customers are torn between buying a new or used car. So, is it better to buy a new or used car in Ruston? Or rather, should you buy a new or used car personally? The answer is personal, and there are no right or wrong decisions to be made at Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the key differences between buying new or pre-owned.



New vs. Used Cars: What Are the Differences? 

New Car Advantages

  • Newest Technology: When you opt for a brand-new car in Monroe, you get access to the latest and greatest tech features. Given how fast auto technology evolves, even a used car from a few years ago can feel outdated by comparison.
  • Greater Fuel-Efficiency: Modern cars prioritize fuel economy more than ever with more eco-friendly designs: more turbocharged motors and fewer V6 and V8 options. That can lead to major fuel savings for you.
  • Full Warranty Coverage: You can navigate Texarkana and Ruston with total confidence, thanks to the extensive bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties included on new vehicles. 

New Car Disadvantages

  • More Expensive: New cars are more expensive off the bat than pre-owned models. Not only will you probably spend more money on the sticker price, but factors like registration and sales tax are also more expensive. Plus, those state-of-the-art features can be costly when your warranty expires.

Used Car Advantages

  • More Cost-Effective: The pre-owned market is packed with fantastic deals – including cars priced under 10k and 15k! You’re likely to save less up front, less on registration fees, less on sales tax, less on insurance.
  • Slower Depreciation: New cars are notorious for steep depreciation, but used vehicles don’t depreciate at the same rate. Your car will lose value much slower as it ages.
  • Less Chance for Negative Equity: When you owe more on your loan than the car is valued, that’s called “negative equity” or being “upside down” on your loan. Because your car has a lower price, you’re less likely to become upside down on your loan compared to a brand-new model.

Used Car Disadvantages

  • Higher-Priced Financing: While buying a used car is generally more affordable than a new car, some lenders charge higher interest rates for a used car loan. However, used cars tend to have shorter loan terms and lower monthly payments on average.

Buy a New or Used Car With Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM Today! 

So, is it better to buy a new or used car? The choice is yours. Feel free to contact us at Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM with your questions about buying a new or used car, or feel free to check out our inventory at Bossier City. Our sales team can help you go through the advantages of either, so you can drive away in the car that fits your needs and budget perfectly. Want to get a head start? Learn more car-buying tips and value your trade from home!


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