There are a whole host of good reasons to buy a new car. You can choose the equipment, engine and color yourself according to your wishes and your budget. Another positive point is the comprehensive warranty offered by the manufacturer. Only a few manufacturers still limit their warranty to 2 years. A warranty of 3 to 5 years is now (almost always) the norm. At Kia, the warranty period can be up to 7 years or 150,000 km. As a rule, the service intervals for inspection or oil change are also longer than for an older used vehicle.
New car technology is state of the art
When you buy a new car, you can be sure that it will be equipped with the latest technologies. Buyers of new cars place more and more importance on connectivity, electronic assistants and, above all, low consumption and low exhaust emissions. By buying a new car, you don’t have to worry about ever-increasing traffic bans for polluting cars, especially in city centers.
Increased safety: an important argument for buying a new car
Both the active and passive safety of cars have been significantly improved over the past decades. Better brakes, better suspensions , airbags and electronic driver assistance systems guarantee significantly increased safety for a new car compared to a used car 10 or 20 years old. However, some very inexpensive small cars are an exception. A factory-fresh FIAT Panda is not as safe as a 15-year-old BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class .
New vehicles: the pleasant feeling of being the first
Finally, the certainty of being the first owner of the vehicle also plays an important role in the purchase decision in favor of a new vehicle. In addition, the typical smell of a new car is also a significant factor. It is often decisive for signing a contract to purchase a new car. Here is a check list from experts that will help you avoid unexpected issues with your new car purchase.
What are the arguments against buying a new car?
The strongest argument against buying a new car is the high depreciation. When you register a new car and drive it out of the dealership yard, the vehicle loses between 10 and 20 percent of its value, depending on the model. According to Allianz, the depreciation of new vehicles averages around 25% in the first year. Towards the end of the fourth year, it reaches 50%. Thereafter, cars lose an average of 5-6% of their value per year.
After buying a new car, you often have to wait
If you don’t choose a brand new car that is in the dealership showroom, you will always have to wait a while before you can receive your new car. For a VW, the waiting period is 12 to 24 weeks. A new BMW will be delivered to you by your dealer after 6 to 16 weeks. As for a Jaguar, it can take between 12 and 24 months before the vehicle arrives in your garage. On average, new car buyers have to wait about three months to receive their new car. It’s certainly long, but not as long as the three-year wait for a Mercedes in the 70s.
Anyone who buys a used car can usually look forward to lavish equipment compared to a new car at the same price. Full leather equipment, sunroof, individually adjustable air conditioning for driver, front passenger and rear passengers are included in the price of many used vehicles of the upper middle class and upper class. Another advantage when buying a used car is the immediate availability. You can buy and take the vehicle as it is in front of you.
Recent used cars are like new
Since cars depreciate especially in the first few years, you can save a lot of money on newer used vehicles. “Day registrations” are particularly popular. In this case, the dealer registers the vehicle for one day only. Most of the time, this is only done on paper. This allows dealers to offer the vehicle at a significantly lower price, without lowering the list price set by the manufacturer.