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Used vs. New Nissan Cars

For many people, owning and driving a car is very important to their quality of life. Owning a car gives you not just independence, but also the chance for individual expression! It is especially important to own your own vehicle in places where public transportation is limited. And if you love to take spontaneous road trips, a comfortable and reliable vehicle is a must for those long drives. All of this is possible with quality Nissan used cars, trucks and SUVs from Gateway Nissan in Greenville!

While buying a new car may be possible for low-income earners, purchasing a quality used car maybe an option too -- and one that gives you a lot more car for your money. One of the most popular and preferred used Nissan models is the 2016 Nissan Sentra SV Sedan. This sporty but roomy car has a 1.8 liter engine, 4-cylinder dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) and 16V engine. Additional specifications include a continuous variable transmission (CVT) with Xtronic. Another great model is the 2016 Nissan Altima SV, which has a 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder DOHC, and 16V engine.

Why buy a used vehicle?

There are many benefits associated with purchasing a used car. Used cars offer a platform for more choices while shopping for the vehicle you want. We all want the best car for our money, and your hard-earned money gives you a wider range of options in the used car market than in the new car market. With used cars, your budget can buy you an essentially more fancy or better-equipped car.

Depreciation is another factor to consider as a benefit. While this factor may vary depending on the car type and model, 40-50% of a car's value is lost within the first three years of use. Automobile companies are manufacturing vehicles that last longer, but depreciation is inevitable. New vehicles come equipped with perks such as warranties, low financing and free maintenance. However, no vehicle is immune to the law of depreciation -- which makes it to your advantage to shop for used cars.

Another factor is the availability of different models of cars and trucks. Depending on the manufacturing rate of the automobile industry, which is estimated at 350,000 units in the United States, the used car market has a lot to offer. If you want a car that is no longer on the market, the only channel would be the used-car market, which provides a wide range of older model cars that give you more to choose from at a wide range of prices.

Things to Remember When Shopping for Used Cars

  • Price: There is a whole heap of data on both used and new cars and their prices as well. It is easy to find out the Blue Book value for the car you'd like to buy so you can make sure the price is right.
  • Insurance: One of the most critical things to remember when shopping for a new or used car is insurance. The value of your car is the primary concern for an insurance company when defining rates. In the case of accidents, the higher the value of your car, the more money they'll pay. For that reason, a used car costs less to insure.
  • Registration costs: Registration costs for used cars are also less: The newer the vehicle, the higher the cost of registration.
  • Know what you're getting into: Vehicles have a longer expected lifespan these days, but you still need to be careful. If you are shopping for a used car, it is advisable to have it inspected by a mechanic.

Another modern benefit that makes used vehicles less risky is their historical records. With the help of services such as CarFax and AutoCheck, you can be sure of knowing the cars reports. History of records refers to how many accidents the used car has been involved in and the times it has been sold or repaired. A good history will save you from wasting your money.

Additional things you ought to know about a used car before buying it include the reliability and other pros and cons of the particular model you are considering. This is easy to find out through reading consumer reviews.

Finally, depending on your financial situation and credit score, you might want to go through the process of securing your financing before you shop. This can be helpful, because you'll know how much car you can afford and what your monthly payment will be on the front end. Secured financing can come from your bank, credit union or from our Gateway Nissan financing department. We work with our customers to help them get the car they need at a monthly payment they can afford!

Shop our Used Car Inventory online, or stop by and see us to find out what quality used Nissans and other pre-owned cars we have to offer.