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Buying anything preloved is not only better for the environment but also your wallet. When possible I always prefer to buy something second hand over brand new, that way I find I get better quality stuff for less.
Here are 5 reasons why buying a preloved car is better…
Lower Price Tag
A pre-loved car is almost always cheaper than a brand new one.
As an example, the price for a brand new VW Golf starts at £18,235. However, you can pick up a second hand one for around £8,000. Obviously, there are a lot of various factors in the price including your location, the age of the car etc but it gives you an idea of the price difference.
All cars lose value but a pre-loved one will lose a lot less than a brand new one. Whereas the preloved golf that you bought for £8,000 will be worth a similar price a few years later.
A new car loses a lot of value the minute it’s being used.
Drive a Better Car
If you go down the second-hand route you have the ability to get a better car for less money. All new cars are expensive, whereas second-hand ones are a lot cheaper which gives you the option to get a better car for less.
As well as being able to have a better car you also have a lot more choice with pre-loved cars. There are only a certain amount of new cars produced each year whereas there is always someone selling a second-hand car.
One of the main things that put people off buying a pre-loved car is the reliability of it. No one wants to buy a duff car. That’s where using a reputable car dealer can ease your mind. If you’re looking for a reliable car dealer a company like KAP Motor Group can help you make the right choice.
It’s Better for the Environment
Buying anything second hand is better for the environment, especially when it comes to cars. Automotive production creates a huge carbon footprint. But it doesn’t just stop there it’s the fuel used whilst driving and then what happens to the car when it comes to the end of its usable life. Although on a more positive note around three-quarters of an average car can be recycled.
‘A 2004 analysis by Toyota found that as much as 28 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the lifecycle of a typical gasoline-powered car can occur during its manufacture and its transportation to the dealer; the remaining emissions occur during driving once its new owner takes possession.’ Scientific American
We all know that cars are bad for the environment full stop. Ideally, we’d all get around on public transport or on bikes but I do live in the real world and I know that that just isn’t feasible for a lot of people, us included.
However, you can reduce your impact by thinking before you buy. A preloved car will have already created its manufacturing and transportation carbon footprint. Which is a better option than buying a brand new one that will create more?