Bridgewater Car Dealerships Discuss the Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Car

Bridgewater Car Dealerships Discuss the Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Car


Used cars can turn out to be a reliable, loved vehicle, or they can turn out to be a lemon, dying on you every other day… Or at least that’s what people still think. As a car dealership that sells used cars, we know for a fact that this isn’t entirely true – especially if you buy it from a good source. However, that isn’t saying there’s no downside to buying a used car!

If you need a new car but only have the budget for something pre-owned, here’s some advice for you from Bridgewater car dealerships. Find out what the consensus is about used cars – whether they’re worth the investment, or if they’re a bit of a gamble.


Upsides of buying a used car

First, let’s go over what’s good about buying a previously-owned vehicle. There are a lot more upsides to it than you might think – and they’re not all about saving money either!

  1. A smaller investment

You knew it was coming, and here it is. The biggest and most obvious benefit, and perhaps the number one reason why people buy used cars. You have bills to pay, but you also need a car to get around and travel to and from your workplace. A used car is a great immediate solution, and one that’s light on your pocket. If you buy one from us, you’ll end up with one that’ll last years and turn out to be a very smart choice indeed!

  1. Less to worry about

So your car was parked outside the café, and some idiot dinged it. If your car was two months new, your blood pressure would be up a few notches and you’d be worried about repair expenses. With a used car, you worry less. Usually, they have a couple scratches and dents already, so another one doesn’t matter as much. In fact, you might not even notice it!

  1. Great for kids!

Bridgewater car dealerships have found that a lot of people buying used cars are buying them for college-going kids. This is a brilliant idea, since kids can be a little irresponsible while driving, and you don’t want to spend a hefty sum on a shiny new car that’ll get scratched and abused a little bit. Over time, your kids will learn the importance of driving carefully and servicing their car, but until that happens, buy them something used.

  1. Avoid depreciation

One of the biggest disadvantages of buying a new car is that its value depreciates sharply over time. If you buy a used car that’s just a couple years old, you’re getting something that’s been used fairly little, but you’ll avoid the initial depreciation hit – which is huge!

  1. Lower insurance premiums

It’s a well-known fact that teenagers and college-age kids jack up your insurance rates. Another fairly well-known fact is that new cars come with a higher insurance premium than used cars. Gap insurance isn’t necessary at all with the latter, and your usual rates will be a lot lower as well.

  1. You’ll be the owner

Unlike with a lease, where you’ll have to return the car to the dealership eventually, once you pay off the car loan the car is all yours. So your payments are more of an investment than an expense.


Downsides of buying a used car

Here’s where car dealerships start to get vague. Does buying a used car have disadvantages? Of course! What doesn’t? Bridgewater car dealerships are all about transparency and honesty, and so here’s a list of the downsides of buying a used car:

  1. It may be a lemon

The biggest disadvantage (or risk, rather) with buying a used car is that it may turn out to be a lemon. We always recommend bringing a trusted mechanic with you to thoroughly inspect the vehicle prior to purchase, but if you skip that step or the mechanic misses something, you’ll be in for a huge loss. Getting repairs can be frustrating and expensive, and can waste your time.

  1. Compromising on features

When buying new, you can shop around, choose features, and buy the car that has exactly what you want. When buying used, however, you may have to compromise a little. There are only so many options available, and the latest models usually aren’t available, so you may have to settle for something that’s second-best in your opinion.

  1. Trouble finding parts

When repairs are necessary, another problem with a used car is that you may have trouble finding replacement parts. If the car is of a much older model and the company no longer manufactures its parts, the mechanic may have trouble finding a replacement. In this case, you may have to wait longer for your car, and possibly pay more.


Getting the best of both worlds with a certified pre-owned car

So now you know the pros and cons. The truth, as we mentioned earlier, is that it’s just one of those things. If you buy the car from a reputed dealership and take good care of it, it’ll go well. If you buy it from a friend of a friend and treat it badly, it’s condition will, understandably, deteriorate.

However, if you’re on the fence and need some further guidance, here’s something that might help: certified pre-owned cars which come with a warranty.

Here’s how Wikipedia explains the term: “A certified pre-owned car or CPO is a type of used car.

Most often late-model, they differ from other used cars by having been inspected, refurbished, and certified by a manufacturer or other certifying authority. They also typically include an extended warranty, special financing, and additional benefits.”

In other words, if you want the perks of a new car but the price of a used car, this is what you need.


Certified pre-owned vehicles available at Bridgewater Acura

Here are some of the previously-owned vehicles currently available at our dealership. If you’re interested in one contact us quickly, because they sell out fast!

Certified Pre-owned 2017 Acura ILX Base

This lovely silver sedan is fairly new, in excellent condition, and has just 634 miles on the dash. A little unbelievable, but you’re welcome to come look for yourself! Here are some of the car’s specs and features:

  • Leather seats
  • Power door locks with anti-lockout feature
  • Air conditioning
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Electronic messaging assistance with read function
  • Highway mileage 35mpg; city mileage 25mpg

What do the experts think about this car? From car experts KBB: “The 2017 Acura ILX offers up a lot of premium content in a car with a premium badge, but without a premium high price. If you’re looking for a sedan and want a brand that isn’t mainstream, the ILX is worth a look.”

Here’s an offer other Bridgewater car dealerships can’t compete with. You can drive away in this nearly-new car for just $20,999!


Certified Pre-owned 2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD

This powerful SUV comes with a technology package that makes driving it an incredible experience. It offers 26/18 miles to the gallon, and has an automatic transmission. Let’s see what else it’s got:

  • Low fuel level warning
  • Rear view camera multi-view, with monitor in dash
  • Memorized settings, including driver seat and steering wheel settings
  • Lane deviation sensors
  • Traction control with trailer stability assist
  • Crumple zones in front and rear

From the folks at Kelley Blue Book: “If you want a 3-row luxury SUV with standout safety features, a long list of amenities, plenty of power and a solid reputation, the 2017 Acura MDX is a smart choice. The high-tech drivetrain in the MDX Sport Hybrid adds a dose of high-performance driving to the mix.

The Sport Hybrid uses technology developed for the Acura NSX supercar, setting a new performance standard for the MDX.”

The price? $33,999. You can calculate your payments online using our payment calculator. And come over to our dealership to see this car – photos really don’t do it justice!


Why Bridgewater Acura is one of the best Bridgewater car dealerships

Whether it’s new or pre-owned, there is nothing like getting a new car. The feel, the smell, the comfort. That feeling of buying a new vehicle doesn’t come along often. So why buy from a dealership that doesn’t treat your experience well? Skip the hassle and shop at Bridgewater Acura! Buying a vehicle should be an exciting experience. We want you to enjoy every moment of it. Bridgewater Acura optimizes your buying experience with amazing service!

We value honesty and transparency over all else, which is why we provide Live Market Transparent Upfront Pricing. Not only are our prices affordable (and clearly visible), but we also provide financing.

Got questions? Reach out to us online! Our website has several tools you can use to find the answers you’re looking for. You can value your trade, check availability, schedule an appointment, see payment options and get pre-approved, all by clicking your way through our website. You can also call us, text us, or chat with us online.