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Should I Buy a New or Used Car?

19 May 2020

Deciding whether to buy a new or second-hand vehicle can be tricky. While most people would love to own a brand new car, there are all kinds of factors that influence the choice. Here, we take a look at four key considerations that may help you decide whether a new or used car is right for you.


The vehicle’s history

One of the biggest benefits of buying new car is that you don’t have to worry about the vehicle’s history. This ensures total peace of mind and allows you to purchase without fretting over hidden problems or age-related mechanical issues.

Used cars can sometimes be a bit more of a gamble, as you have to look back over all of the vehicle’s documents to establish whether it’s been properly looked after. Even then, you can’t be 100% sure about what you’re buying.

The only way to sidestep this is by purchasing a used car that has been signed up to the Toyota Servicing programme. All used cars in the programme have been regularly serviced and well-maintained, ensuring they’re in excellent condition when they’re sold.

  • GO NEW if you want to ensure quality and don’t want to worry about a vehicle’s history.
  • If you GO USED, make sure your car has been serviced regularly in an accredited scheme like the Toyota Servicing Programme.

Total control over details

Some buyers have a very specific idea of what they want from a car. With used cars, you’re restricted to those vehicles currently on the market. This means your ideal car may not be available or that you’ll have to make compromises on details like paint scheme and interior finish. With new vehicles, you have total control over these features, allowing you to find the perfect look for your dream motor.

  • GO NEW if you’ve got a specific idea of what you want and you’ll only be happy purchasing a precise colour, finish, or setup.
  • If you GO USED, maximise your chances of finding the right vehicle by visiting the extensive Toyota Al-Futtaim second-hand page.

Check the deals available on both new and used vehiclesAt various times throughout the year, you’ll find dealers offering excellent discounts and benefits on both new and used cars. These benefits will typically vary depending on whether you’re buying a new or second-hand vehicle. Consequently, it’s a good idea to research which offer will benefit you most.

What’s important here, is choosing the deal that benefits you most.

  • GO NEW if you feel the benefits help justify the price differential between new and used vehicles or if they’re particularly helpful or beneficial to you personally.
  • If you GO USED, calculate which benefit is most advantageous for you. This may not be immediately obvious, so consider carefully and speak with your local Toyota dealer.


Consider the future of your vehicle

New cars depreciate relatively quickly. This isn’t a problem if your vehicle is a long-term investment that you expect to own for a considerable amount of time. If you’re sure that you’ll own and use your car for a few years and value the security, reliability and luxury of a brand new vehicle, it’s the best way to obtain the car you’ve always wanted.

However, if you’re unsure about the future of your vehicle and there’s a possibility you’ll own it for a shorter period, you may want to consider a used vehicle. This will minimise the depreciation that occurs between purchase and sale.

  • GO NEW if you’re investing in a vehicle you’ll own for a long period of time. Depreciation can be minimised by taking steps to ensure your car retains its value. For instance, signing up to a Toyota Service Plan increases the value of a car should you choose to eventually trade it in.
  • If you GO USED, maintain the value of your purchase by making the most of Toyota’s aftersales services.

If you’d like to find out more about buying a new or used Toyota vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Al-Futtaim dealer on 800-TOYOTA or via our online enquiry form.