Take A Wiser Car Buying Decision: Used Or New!

A personal car is a necessity nowadays. Apart from the fact that it is one of the most prized possessions and represents your style statement, you want your vehicle to compliment your personality. At the same time, it has to meet your expectations regarding performance and pricing. Choosing between a new car or a used one sometimes becomes confusing for first time buyers. Let’s find out the advantages of both options to help you make the right decision.

The Advantages of a New Car
• The most significant advantage of a new vehicle is that it has not been owned by anyone else before. That means there is no wear and tear, no stains in the interiors etc.
• Since you are the primary owner of the new car, you can modify its exteriors and interiors with additional accessories or color patterns. No need to compromise on previously selected colors and other add-ons.
• The auto industry keeps evolving every day. There are new technologies like multimedia audio video player and navigators pre-installed on new models. Performance-wise, auto companies keep refining the performance standards with every new model, making them better, faster and more efficient.
• Since a new car is in mint condition, you can expect higher fuel efficiency, mileage and power in its performance. The risk of pollution emissions is also minimal, making it an eco-friendly choice.
• Banks offer better interest rates for new vehicles since the depreciation impact will not have hit it yet. Although the purchase cost may be high, you can save on interest charges.
• Most new cars come with a comprehensive warranty for the initial purchase period from the manufacturer side for replacement and free repair of any damaged or faulty parts. They also offer complementary services for maintenance which is one of the major attractions of a new car.

Price-wise, buying a new car can be very expensive, and you may require financial assistance to pay off the value over the years. The cost of insurance is also comparatively higher for a new vehicle.

The Advantages of a Used Car
• Lower pricing is the most attractive benefit of used vehicles. You can get a model of your choice at a much lower price as a used car than a new one.
• The steepest decline in depreciation happens in the first year of the car being bought. If you are buying a second-hand car, you will not need to worry about the depreciation hit. Also, a chip off of the paint job, or scratch won’t bother you, offering you more mental peace

On the other hand, you may need to be careful regarding a few things for used vehicles. It includes the distance run already, the condition in which the previous owner has kept the car among other concerns. Since car insurance is affected by the life of the vehicle, one should do a pre-purchase study on the insurance liability for the car to avoid unnecessary insurance problems. Another issue is that unlike a new vehicle, you won’t have manufacturer’s warranty, meaning you will have to bear the cost of all repairs.

Is Your Car Ready To Face Harsh Winters?

In today’s era, we spend a considerable amount of time in our vehicle. We depend on it for commuting to the workplace, dropping kids to school and picking them up, getting in groceries and so on. Therefore, when you are getting yourself and your house ready to face the harsh winter months, it becomes equally important to get your car geared up to withstand the severe weather. Keeping the car safe to drive is doubly important in cold weather. Driving in winter with minimal visibility due to heavy snow and slippery roads can be a really dangerous task. Here are few things to prepare your vehicle to run efficiently on slippery roads and extreme weather conditions.

Prepare a car emergency kit: Venturing out in such unfavorable conditions always poses the risk of getting stuck somewhere. Being prepared with an emergency kit to use until help reaches you is very important. A few things which you should include are:

· A blanket
· Extra USB cable to charge your mobile if you run out with the battery
· Gloves, heavy and thick coat and snow boots
· Set of spare thermal wear, in case you are stuck for long
· Food and water to keep you energetic like energy bars, dry fruits etc.
· A battery-operated flashlight in case there is no proper lighting in the area
· A towing rope
· Small camping snow shovel and floor mats, in case you want to attempt to remove some snow and pave a way.
· First aid kit with necessary medication

Check the car battery: AAA battery usually have a life of five years. In case your car is older than that, it is advisable to get it replaced. Remember to check whether the battery terminals are free from corrosion. It is desirable to have servicing done for the vehicle before the commencement of winter season. Fill up all liquid levels like the fuel, coolant level, screen wash during the service.

Pump up your tires and if possible get winter tires: Driving on slippery roads requires tires with a very tight grip, therefore check for tread depth. For winter conditions a minimum of 3mm tread on your wheels is good enough. Winter tires are made of rubber compounds which are pliable in winters, thus enhancing traction. Winter tires have the stronger grip, and shorter stopping distance on snowy roads. They are, therefore, more efficient in controlling the vehicle as a whole. Look for any visible cracks or tears in your tires and get them repaired.

Check the wiper blades: Since the visibility is very low in heavy snow, make sure that the wipers of your car are operating correctly. Use a deicer to remove the frozen snow from them and in case there are any cracks, it’s advisable to get them replaced.

Clean the lights and window: Indicator, back lights, front lights and fog lights should be clean and operational so that the other cars can see you on the road and you can see the road ahead as well.

Keep your car inside a garage to protect it from freezing in outside sharp temperature drops. In case garage is not possible, keep your car covered with a vehicle cover.