Friday 12 February 2021

Sustainably Surviving 2021: Buying Used Cars!

Image by Dũng Nguyễn from Pixabay 


{This is a collaborative post}

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every country on earth and almost everyone has felt the impact in one way or another, whether that is directly or indirectly. And most of the direct impact has been financial – even for those who have lost loved ones to the virus, money worries have also surfaced in the wake of their bereavement.


A Warning

Some people are taking the pandemic as something of a warning from nature, fed up with humans exploiting the resources of the planet, and sadly, all too often, wasting them! From being an instant gratification population who sees something new and wants it, often discarding last week's 'must-have' items in order to make space for it, we must turn, or so the experts say, into people who are a great deal thriftier with what we have been. Learning to recycle, reuse and repurpose our items instead of continuing the never-ending quest for newer, bigger and better material possessions is essential.


Driving Force

One of the ways that we can each make a dramatic difference to our impact on the environment, and quite coincidentally save money at the same time, is by opting to buy a used car rather than a new one. There are many advantages to getting a used car that are often overlooked in the tempting allure of a shiny new vehicle, but consideration of these advantages is actually worth a moment or two of your time.


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The Advantages of Buying a Used Car


  • The AA suggest that a car loses around 40% of its value by the end of the first year, and as such unless you have a very deep pocket it is a false economy to buy a brand new car. Used cars present far better value. 

  • Used cars are never subject to recall due to faulty parts, manufacturer error and the like. This is because used cars have been tried and tested, and should they have come from a faulty batch, at this stage, the fault will have already been located and sorted out. This gives you peace of mind that your vehicle is a sturdy and good-quality mode of transportation that will keep you getting about safely for years to come.

  • Another plus of an older car is that it has been run in. The motor and all the moving parts will be fluid and effective, while newer cars need to be driven carefully for the first thousand miles or so, as the parts 'learn' to move and work together.

  • Depending on the age of the used vehicle you're buying, you'll often still have time left on the manufacturer's warranty to give you that extra peace of mind. 

  • You'll often get nice little extras that you haven't had to necessarily pay for. Enhancements like a sunroof, specialised sound system, Sat Nav, leather seats, parking sensor etc often cost more when you order your new car, but they'll be priced in with the sale of the used car.

  • Don't forget that your insurance premium is bound to be lower for a car of less value too.

  • You can often drive your used car away from the dealership far more quickly than you can with a brand new model.

  • As a used car will be cheaper than the brand new model, it means you will probably have a lower monthly payment if you choose to take finance and/or that you pay the whole loan off quicker.


Older cars in good condition, especially those that have been well-maintained and carefully driven can be an excellent choice for people looking to survive 2021 both financially and in an environmentally responsible way. You can buy Nissan used cars online from KAP Motors. They have hundreds of pre-inspected second-hand cars that they offer with warranty. Plus if you are looking for an easy payment plan, they offer you that as well. They have branches in Folkestone and Brighton. For further details, you can get in touch with them on 01273 748484.

If you need a new car, what are you waiting for?


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