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Why is it good to buy a second-hand car?

If you are in the market for a new car, why not think about if it really needs to be new – or if a good-condition second-hand car might not suit your needs better?

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There are many reasons to opt for a second-hand car over a brand new one. And they range from saving you money to helping to save the planet. Let us take a look at some of them.

Lower sales tax

Sales tax on a brand new car is 20 per cent. This means that one-fifth of the amount you pay for your new vehicle will go straight to the taxman. So this often means that the car dealer has less wiggle-room than they would like when it comes to offering you a good deal, in order to tempt you to splash all that cash on one of their cars.

Second-hand cars are dealt with differently, especially if you buy the car privately from a vendor who is not registered for VAT. This can mean that you get your car for an even better price than you might expect. But even if you are charged sales tax on your vehicle (if the dealer is registered for VAT) you will pay so much less. Because the pre-tax price will be lower than it would be for a new car.

A second hand car is better value for money

Buying a new car on a limited budget can confine you to a limited range of lower-end vehicles. Basic models, compacts and few with any of the luxurious extras that take driving from a chore to a pleasure. Opting for a second-hand car lifts you into a higher-end range of vehicles. Luxury models, sedans and even sports cars are now suddenly within your price range. A good quality high-end vehicle, even bought second-hand, will give you more driving satisfaction than a budget friendly but basic new car.

A blue nissan second hand car for sale on a driveway

There is less depreciation with a second hand car

It is often said that cars lose half their resale value the instant you drive them off the sales lot. This is not quite true, but it is true that cars depreciate more quickly in their earlier years than in their later ones. This means that if you buy a two- or three-year-old car, it will depreciate less each year (in resale value) than it would if you bought a new or one-year-old car.

A second hand car is more sustainable

The final reason for going for a second-hand car is perhaps both the noblest and the most pragmatic. By buying second-hand vehicles, you are behaving sustainably. You are preventing the minerals and elements needed to make a new car from being stripped from the earth, subject to harmful and polluting processes in fashioning them into a car. And you are instead, reusing – recycling, if you like, a previously created vehicle and the minerals and elements that make it up. We all need to do our part to keep our world safe – and we can start with a second-hand car!

If you are interested in taking a look at at an amazing variety of used cars from a trusted dealer then why not visit KAP Motors. They offer good quality used nissan cars for sale at cheap prices.

They have showrooms in Brighton and Folkestone; visit in person or check them online and you will not be disappointed.

A blue toy car and some coins for a post on reasons to buy a second hand car

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