New vs Used Vehicles: Key Differences Explained

Tossing up between a new or a used car? Read on to find out the key differences between the two.

Find out the key differences between new and used cars and the benefits of buying a new car compared to used.

So, you’re in the market for a new car and you’ve found yourself here.

The new car vs used car debate is something people constantly find themselves going through. 

Both have advantages and disadvantages so it really depends on your needs and your current situation. 

When you’re car shopping it can pay to know the differences between old and new cars, especially the advantages of buying direct from an authorised dealer. 

Read on to find out more.


The dangers of buying a used vehicle

With every used car purchase comes an element of danger and risk.

This might sound like a slight exaggeration but there are some real horror stories out there about used car purchases.

When you buy a used car, especially privately, you generally have no clue about the mechanical history of the car. The vehicle could also still be under finance or in very extreme cases, stolen.

The car could also have been written off in a previous accident. There are ways to check against these issues such as performing a PPSR check online, and having someone with mechanical knowledge look at the car. Even then an element of risk still exists as you may not be covered by any warranties when you purchase privately.

So if you’re still considering buying a used car, be careful. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true - it probably is.


Benefits of buying a new car vs used


There are plenty of reasons why it’s better to buy new over used. Buying new still has its disadvantages. However, the pros definitely outweigh the cons on this one.

Some benefits of new over used are.


The Warranty

Depending on where you purchase your new ride, it should come with a new car warranty. Usually up to a certain time period or kilometres travelled. Warranties can cover a number of different items so make sure you check with your dealer at the time of purchase.


Spoilt For Choice

When buying a new car you often get the option to customise it. This includes things like seat material, car colour, transmission and much more. 

This allows you to get exactly what you want from the very start. 

And, as a bonus, if you choose popular features and colours your car will have greater resale value in the future. 


Drive away prices

Another benefit of purchasing from a dealership is drive away pricing. 

Drive away pricing generally covers

Another benefit of purchasing from a dealership is drive away pricing. 

Drive away pricing generally covers

  • Vehicle registration

  • Third-party insurance

  • Stamp duty

  • Delivery charges


Drive away pricing inclusions differ by dealership so make sure you ask your dealer for more information about drive away prices.


Reasons to buy a new Honda

There’s never been a better time than right now to buy a brand new Honda.

When you purchase a shiny new Honda you’ll have access to our 5-Year Unlimited KM Warranty which applies to all new Honda vehicles purchased from an Authorised Honda Dealer.*

To get behind the wheel of a brand new Honda, find a dealer near you today.


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