Yes, I know in posts past I’ve harped on the perils of buy a replacement vehicle. I’ve driven home the absurd costs associated with purchasing a vehicle, the possibility of buying something that could possibly cost you more to fix than what you already have among the other many many reasons that it’s usually more economical and just plain easier to keep your current car on the road. HOWEVER, there comes a time in every car’s life, unless it’s some sort of immortal collector car, that it’s no longer cost effective to keep it safely and reliably on the road. That’s what we are gonna talk about here.
I get asked almost daily “what kind of car should I get?” “What’s the best car out there?” “Does car brand X have major problems?” Lets get this out there in the open now. EVERY brand, EVERY model, EVERY year of vehicle will have some sort of weakness. EVERY vehicle on the road will have an issue sooner or later. Unless you plan to buy a brand spanking new vehicle and trade it off on another brand spanking new vehicle before the current warranty expires, you will have to do repairs and maintenance. Plain and simple. There are no vehicles out there that don’t ever break down. Are some seemingly better built than others? Perhaps. A lot of that is in the eye of the beholder. Here’s the advise I give to people when they are in the market for a replacement vehicle. Find one that you like, one that you feel comfortable in. One that makes you happy to be sitting in the driver seat. Then take it to your trusted auto shop and have it inspected.
When you purchase a vehicle that you actually want, that you like and enjoy driving, one important thing has a much better chance of happening: You will likely take better care of it because you LIKE IT!! Maybe you had to pay a few more dollars for it, maybe you had to look around a little harder for it. But if you like it, you’ll take better care of it and it will likely last longer as a result. I often see people buying cars they don’t even like because it was a good deal, or any number of other reasons. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. People don’t just give away cars for no reason. Usually when this happens, those cars don’t last long. It’s almost as if you end up abusing it so you can get rid of it earlier.
The second most important thing if you are looking at a used vehicle is have the vehicle checked out at your trusted auto shop. When we talk about a pre-purchase inspection, we are talking about more than just trying to find out what’s wrong. We are talking about what it’s gonna take to keep this thing on the road for a good long time. What are the maintenance costs? You can go HERE for a really cool cost to own calculator that will give a good idea of ownership costs by vehicle year, make and model. Are there any open recalls on this vehicle that you can have done for free? And of course we want to know what if anything is currently in need of repair. There is nothing like buying a used car just to find out that it needs $3000 worth of work just to pass a safety inspection to get license plates! Don’t skip this step. There are a lot of vehicles out there that look great on the outside but once you get to the inside, things aren’t so great. Often we find some work that needs to be done and if you haven’t done the deed yet this info can often be used to negotiate a lower price with the seller. It’s very difficult to go back after the fact and try to get money out of the seller for needed repairs.
Armed with this information, you should be able to make an informed decision to buy a vehicle that you will love driving for many many years to come. And of course Auto Go Automotive is always standing by ready to help you keep that vehicle going strong and to answer any questions you might have about car buying.