Toyota makes sedans, hatchbacks, pick-up trucks, SUVs, and minivans, which means you will also need to determine the model that will be best for your needs. Here are tips to help you decide whether you should buy a new or used Toyota:
Know Your Price Range
If money isn’t an issue, your vehicle choices are unlimited. You can buy based on your preferences and needs. Toyota offers a range of vehicles at different prices. The Corolla is an economic choice while the luxury models such as the Avalon or or Avalon Hybrid will cost a bit more. If you have a budget or general desire to save money, you probably want to look at used cars. Used cars, especially recent models, can offer much of what you’re looking for a lower price, so it’s important to not overlook this option when shopping for a Toyota.
Determine Your Needs
There are many options to consider when shopping for a car. When you’re looking at Toyota listings, keep a running list of features you want. You will likely come across things you hadn’t thought of as you explore your options. Things to consider when looking for your next Toyota include: how much seating you need, engine, transmission, horsepower, infotainment features (think USB, Bluetooth, touch screen, etc.), safety features (do you require a backup camera?), and storage and cargo. Other things that may or may not matter to your purchase include things such as cup holders, chargers for phones, and cruise control.
Know the Advantages of a New Toyota
The biggest advantage to buying a new car is probably that it comes with a warranty. The bumper-to-bumper warranty, for example, covers repair on all parts except “wear items.” Wear items are things such as windshield wipers, brake pads, and tires. You can also have a new car made to order. If you have specific colors or optional features in mind, it’s all up to you. New Toyota vehicles come with free maintenance for two years (or 25,000 miles). And as mentioned previously, buying a new Toyota means you will have all the latest gizmos and safety systems. And of course, if you buy new, it will have no miles on it yet.
Understand the Advantages of a Used Toyota
The greatest advantage to buying a used Toyota is the money you will save. You may also save money on insurance having a slightly older car. You won’t experience your used car purchase depreciating significantly as soon as you drive off the lot as you would with a new car. If you decide on a late used model, you can still get many of the bells and whistles that come with a new car. Sometimes the differences between one model year and the next are minimal.
Buying your next Toyota is something you want to put thought and research into. Whether you choose to buy new or used, it’s still a big purchase and important decision.