Are you about to buy a new car? If so, think twice about buying a brand-new one or a vehicle less than seven years old. There are advantages to driving an older vehicle – benefits that save you money right away and over the long run.
You pay less for repairs.
If your new car breaks down, the cost of repairs is high. From parts to labor, depending on the make, you’ll pay a lot of money. This reality is not so with an older car. You can get your repair parts from a junkyard and hire a neighborhood mechanic to fix your vehicle.
Your insurance costs are minimal.
No insurance agent is going to push an auto policy your way that’s full of options such as collision or comprehensive. You’ll get quotes on coverage that includes liability only. As a result, your monthly premium will be low. For individuals with not-so-good driving records, this advantage of driving an older car is a gift.
You stress less about dents and dings.
When I first got my car (new!) almost seven years ago, I constantly worried about someone else scratching my car. For this reason, I parked FAR away from other vehicles at the grocery store or any retailer. This fear is now gone – especially since the inevitable has already happened to ‘my baby.’ So, I drive and park comfortably without any anxiety.
Your vehicle might become a classic.
A major advantage of driving an older car: your vehicle might become a classic. Classic cars are at least 30+ years old. When kept in mint condition, they are extremely high in value. Therefore, they appreciate it, and a seller rakes in a pretty penny for a ride he (or she) probably doesn’t use much anymore.
You develop a special bond.
People who have owned a car for years often develop a special affinity for them. Their memories – from a first kiss to the birth of a baby – make their particular vehicle special. Although this might be comical to onlookers, it is real and another way in which an inanimate object can enrich a human’s life.
In conclusion, the above are a few of the advantages of driving an older car. Think of them as you shop for a new vehicle. You might just change your mind about driving the latest and greatest machine pushed by the media.