Benefits of Buying a Used Car
Cars nowadays are no longer luxuries, but necessities. Despite the increase in fuel costs , getting your own vehicle is still a more preferred option for most people. Aside from the convenience that private cars provide, you are also assured of your safety since you are not exposed to conspicuous people or unsafe places such as the subway or train stations.
So, getting a vehicle is beyond arguments already; however, deciding on a brand new one or a used-car can be quite taxing. There are some people who decide on getting brand new automobiles without any hesitation. There are also others who can afford to get a brand new car but still decide on getting a used vehicle . So, what is it with used cars? What benefits can you get from getting a used vehicle?
Price. If you want to save on money, any difference in amount between a brand new car and a used car is significant. Undeniably, getting a brand new car is more costly than getting a used car . In fact, the difference in the amount is largely significant since brand new cars have been increasing over time. In addition, there are a lot of great used cars that you can get for a bargain.
Depreciation. With used cars, there is certainly no fear of driving off with at least 30 % depreciation in the first few years of ownership. After all, used cars are already depreciated, and the depreciation is fairly taken off the market price.
Reliability. It is pretty ironic, but true. Used cars are actually more reliable today that these were yesterday. Aside from the fact that these cars are already tested in terms of performance and durability, older cars are made more durable than newer cars due to the type of materials that are used in the manufacture of older cars.
Negotiability. When you buy brand new cars, negotiations and bargains are big no-nos. Unlike used cars, if you are a good talker, you can even sweet talk the owner into giving you large discounts for a unit. Moreover, even the terms of payment can be negotiated and agreed upon by both parties quite easily.
Warranty. If you are lucky enough, you could stumble into used cars which are still under warranty from the manufacturer. When this happens, you are like getting a 'brand new' car with a used car's price. Moreover, all major repairs can still be charged against the warranty.
Flexibility. When you buy used cars, you choose based on your working budget. If you have decided on a specific make for your budget, you can actually get a better make or model if you can bargain for it. As such, used cars provide flexibility in decision making and provide a wider range of budget options.
The soaring price of petrol in the past year or so has had motorists looking at every possible alternative, including diesels that might save them a few bucks at the pump. If LPG has become the champion of used car buyers, the diesel has become one of the most popular alternatives for new car buyers.
Increased sales of new diesels, like the VW Golf TDi , in recent times means that there are more used diesels coming on the market. The diesel is now a used buy worth considering by anyone wanting to save on their fuel bills.
Modern diesels shouldn't be confused with the oil-burners of old, which were noisy, smelly, usually followed by clouds of thick black smoke, and generally holding up the traffic. The only time they came into their own was when they rattled past a servo as their petrol-powered cousins stopped to replenish their tanks.
Today's diesels are quiet, don't smell or belch out clouds of black smoke, and aren't left standing when the lights go green. Even better news is that they are still economical. The 1.9-litre TDi engine was a single overhead camshaft four cylinder turbo diesel that delivered 77 kW and 250 Nm compare that to 75 kW and 148 Nm for the 1.6-litre petrol Golf model , while the 2.0-litre TDi was a more modern double overhead camshaft four cylinder turbo diesel that punched out 103 kW and 320 Nm at its peak. Compare the latter to the 2.0-litre FSi engine VW also offered that gave 110 kW and 200 Nm.
The key to the diesel performance, and achieving the best fuel economy, is the massive torque that it offers. Drive to make best use of the torque and you will not only realize its potential to save fuel, but you will also realize its performance potential. Both diesels were available with DSG six-speed auto and a six-speed manual gearbox.
On the road the diesel's low-end and mid-range performance was easily able to account for its petrol equivalent. It was really only the petrol cars top-end performance that out-gunned the diesel.
ON THE LOT
Buying a diesel over a petrol car isn't a straightforward decision because of the higher price of diesel here. A diesel car typically carries a premium of eight to 10 per cent over an equivalent petrol model that works out to be around $2000 in average , so that has to be considered along with the fuel pump savings to determine if the diesel is worth the extra upfront spend.
IN A CRASH
The diesel Golfs have the same array of airbags as their petrol cousins so the crash rating is the same. An agile chassis and powerful braking provide plenty of active safety in avoiding a crash.
AT THE PUMP
The diesel Golf will return fuel economy numbers in the region of 6.0 L/100 km. That's about 20 per cent less than you would see from an equivalent petrol engine. The fuel economy equation gets a little tricky here because diesel is usually a little more expensive than regular unleaded, but the gap varies so it's a moving target. At the time of writing diesel was three cents per litre more expensive than regular unleaded, but 10 cents per litre less expensive than 98-octane premium unleaded.