14 February 2022 ·

Is it Worth Buying a New Car?

A new car is a major investment and one of the biggest purchases most of us will ever make. If you’re used to driving around in used cars with more than a bit of wear and tear on them, the appeal of a new car is obvious. But the old question still remains over whether or not it’s worth buying new. It’s a question that only you can answer, and it comes down to your individual circumstances. To help out, we’ve put together a few of the most important points you should be considering along your journey to buying a new car.

Price and Depreciation

The most obvious thing we're considering when looking at new and used cars is the price. There’s no denying that brand new cars cost more upfront. For many people, this is probably going to be the deciding factor. Having the money to purchase a new car is one thing, but the depreciation could be a pain point if you only want to hold onto the car for a short time. On the other hand, used cars come with lower price tags, and they often depreciate less during your ownership.

Price and Depreciation

Finance Options

Car finance has become a highly competitive industry. That’s great news for anyone who’s looking to buy a car. Lots of dealerships, banks and finance companies provide affordable options that can be used to buy both new and used cars. But there’s one major thing to consider: finance companies love low-risk levels. That means the finance options available for new cars are usually more affordable than for used cars. Lower interest rates and favourable repayment options can save you thousands across the life of a loan on a new car.

The value of used cars is harder for insurance companies to pinpoint, and it presents an issue for their risk assessment. Like we’ve seen in recent years, the prices of used cars can fluctuate, and lenders are worried about being left out of pocket if the price of your car drops unexpectedly. For that reason, you can often expect to pay more for finance on used cars, usually in the form of higher interest rates, shorter loan terms and higher repayments.

Finance Options

Condition and Warranty

There’s really no way to fake that new car smell. Part of what you’re paying for with a new car is the fantastic condition. Fewer kilometres travelled means things like the engine and cabin will be in better shape than its used counterpart. That newness comes with a few benefits, one of which is warranty coverage. Car manufacturers are now offering better warranties than ever before, keeping you covered for 3, 5 or even 7 years in some cases. Used cars are often also available with warranties, but they tend to be much shorter offerings that typically only protect your purchase for the next 6 or 12 months. That can turn out to be a big deal if you don’t know the history of a car and whether or not it has been cared for or regularly put to hard use.

Condition and Warranty

Maintenance and Servicing

A brand new car might cost you more upfront, but they often save you money at the mechanic’s workshop. Cars live hard lives, especially in Australia where we often cover long distances on hot days. That means their components wear out and that sooner or later all cars need replacement parts.

While there’s no such thing as a perfect car, and even new cars have been known to fail or develop engine problems, chances are that used cars will need more servicing, sooner. Even when a car is a few years old it can be due for major services and other expenses like new tyres. Compared to the relatively hands-off maintenance involved with a new car purchase, used cars don’t always offer the best deal. Many dealers now also offer capped prices and prepaid servicing options that make the ongoing costs of a new car even more affordable.

Maintenance and Servicing

Downtown Toyota Can Match You With a New or Used Car

Buying a car is equal parts exciting and daunting. Whether you decide to buy new or used is up to you, but the helpful team at Downtown Toyota can help find a vehicle that matches your needs. We carry a range of new Toyotas, as well as a selection of Toyota Certified Pre-Owned and ex-demo vehicles. Our used vehicles have all been thoroughly checked and tested to make sure they’re in good condition, and we can even help you out with Toyota Access financing options. Get in touch with us today for more information or to hear about the cars we currently have in stock.