Top Benefits of Used Cars

There are numerous reasons to be excited about buying and owning a used car – the cause that is most compelling can vary from one individual to the next. The motivations for purchasing a pre-owned vehicle can be lumped into two main categories: style preference and budget. As for people who are looking to save some money on getting an automobile, the majority of them can meet this goal by preferring to drive cars, SUVs, vans, or trucks that have had at least one prior owner. The benefit of style might not be something that requires explaining, as entire communities have been built around classic and antique enthusiasts.

The Affordability Is Superb

Many people would be quick to take advantage of any opportunity to save thousands of dollars – especially if there needs can be met just the same as if they had paid the higher price. Buying used cars is a strategy that can be deployed in order to protect the balance of your bank account by allowing you to satisfy your need for personal or family transportation without paying much. In many instances, the high level of affordability inherent to pre-owned autos enables buyers to get a better car than they originally thought they would be able to buy.

You Get to Own Your Favorite Model

While a lot of people pick the vehicles they purchase purely for budget and functionality, there are still many who get a particular car because it is the one that best matches up with their tastes. For car enthusiasts, lots full of used cars is where they have the most pleasure shopping for their next automobile – the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang are prime examples of cars often purchased used because of the performance and visual appeal of earlier models.

The list of benefits of buying preowned can be quite long, but a great percentage of the people who purchase used find that either their taste

How Buying from a Dealer Simplifies Your Life

Buying a used car from a dealer has a number of advantages of over getting a car from a private seller. For one thing, our reputation is on the line with every car we sell, which isn’t the case for an individual. Our business model is built on satisfying the customer, so that we get repeat business and positive word of mouth. This goodwill allows us to sell more used cars, which is our goal.

Another powerful advantage we have is convenience. Where else can you find a large selection of vehicles for sale than on a dealership lot? We carry everything from cars that are a year-old to vehicles that have been around a bit longer, giving you a variety of price points to choose from. We also offer a range of makes and models to test drive and kick the wheels a bit.

There’s a lot more, too. We offer financing packages that allow you to drive home the car of your dreams. We also are often able to provide lower interest rates than you might find on your own. Our cars have all been inspected by mechanics; they don’t go out on the lot until they have been cleaned and fixed of any mechanical issues. You won’t drive from our lot only to have the bumper fall off.

Finally, we handle all of the paperwork for your new set of wheels. We will set you up with registration and title so you don’t have to do the work yourself. When it comes to buying used cars, we are the place to go.

We Offer Used Car Leasing

Are you in need of a car to lease but unable to pay the price to lease a brand new one? We have found that a lot of people run into this problem, and are let down to find that many dealerships don’t offer used car leasing.

Coming to our dealership ensures that you don’t run into this problem, because we offer used cars for you to lease. Leasing a used car instead of a new one allows you to pay lower monthly payments, which is ideal for someone who may not have a lot of money to spend on payments. The process is nearly identical to leasing a new car, but if you have any questions you are free to talk to an associate at the dealership in order to get more information. Another advantage to leasing a used car instead of a new one is the possibility of a lease buyout later, which means that you can pay the rest of the value of the car at the end of your lease instead of giving the car back. This is a great plan if you want to own a car in the future but don’t currently have the money to spend on outright buying it.

If you’ve been struggling to find a place to lease a car that you can afford, look no further than used car leasing at our dealership. You can come in to look through the cars and find one that you want, and talk to our associates with questions about the process, the dealership or the car you are interested in leasing. We understand that life throws curveballs your way, and we will work with you to negotiate our contracts until you are comfortable with the agreement. We ensure that you will leave our lot in a used car that you like with a price you can afford

Why Canada’s used-car world is becoming a buyer’s market

TORONTO — The balance of power in the used car market is shifting towards shoppers as improved data and online offerings create more opportunities to push for the best price.

A fast-evolving online marketplace is providing more intelligence on the fair value of cars, said Cliff Banks, a Detroit-based auto retail expert.

“I don’t know that it can be any more transparent…they all provide intelligence on the pricing and the deal of the vehicle, whether it’s a good deal, a fair deal.”

Kijiji Canada recently announced it will add a standalone auto sales site that will roll out later this year to keep up with shifting expectations. The site will add reviews of dealers as well as market pricing information from Carproof.

“The key feature for us, and one of the biggest, the biggest win for us is what’s called price transparency or price analysis,” said Matt McKenzie, general manager at Kijiji Canada.

The online classified company, owned by eBay, already boasts of being the largest player in the Canadian market with about 500,000 vehicle listings. Autotrader, owned by Etobicoke-based Trader Corp., lists about 444,000 vehicles on its site while there are many other offerings on the market as well.

Listing companies are boosting their online presence as the used vehicle market is set for significant growth, said Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

“There’s tremendous opportunity, and that brings in all the different retail players and their approach of, how do I get a piece of that?”

While new vehicle sales are expected to be largely flat at about two million this year, the used vehicle market is set to add half a million more in sales in the next three to five years, on top of the three million that changed hands last year, said DesRosiers.

The rise in the used vehicle market comes as improved quality in the past decade means cars and trucks are lasting much longer, allowing for a potential lifespan of four to six owners from the two or three expected not long ago.

“It takes 23 years to remove the vehicles from the road now, a decade ago it only took about 12, so it’s essentially doubled,” said DesRosiers.

Used vehicles also offer margins that are two to three times higher than for new cars, adding to their appeal, he said.

The quality and information improvements have significantly changed the overall used retail market, said DesRosiers.

“It’s not that far long ago, call it 15 years ago or maybe 10 years ago, where the used car market was largely a culture of deceit…even if the online capacity was there, there was just so much riffraff in the used car market that it was very dangerous. A lot of that has changed.”

The improved access to data means used-car retailers have to be more transparent and competitive about their pricing, said Jamie Tekela, director of pre-owned operations at Pfaff Automotive Partners.

“You need to really justify what you’re asking, why you’re asking it, and you can’t go asking $500 more for the same Honda Civic with the same mileage. It just it doesn’t work any more.”

“It’s night and day, to be perfectly honest. It’s gotten a lot more customer friendly,” he said.

The improved information on crash reports, comparable sales, and other metrics hasn’t done away with potential negotiations but does give more justification, said Jamie.

“There’s always going to be negotiations when trying to buy and sell vehicles, but with so much information available to each and every one of us, it’s a lot easier to explain our rhyme and reason why we’re asking what for a car.”

Best Time to Buy a Car in Canada

Changing your car is something you will inevitably do multiple times during your life. The fact that you live in Canada, the second biggest country in the world and that Canadian cities tend to spread more horizontally than growing vertically, makes the point of having a car literally a “must.” So, you will ask yourself a lot of times: When is the best time to buy a car?

Changing your car is something you will inevitably do multiple times during your life. The fact that you live in Canada, the second biggest country in the world and that Canadian cities tend to spread more horizontally than growing vertically, makes the point of having a car literally a “must.” So, you will ask yourself a lot of times: When is the best time to buy a car?

And here is my fast response: it depends on your needs and your rush. That is why in the following article I’ve split the analysis in three: If you want to know the ideal month for new cars, the perfect moment for used cars and the third and last one: if you are in a rush.

Best Time to Buy a Car: September to December for New Cars

If your primary concern is price and you are looking for a new car, the best time span of the year is between September and December. And more precisely, the best moment is November.

The fact that new models are being delivered and parking lots need space, makes manufacturers offer incentives for previous year’s models with the intention of attracting customers to drive these away. Sometimes, you can find a few thousand on MSRP savings with incentives that are really worth.

Additionally, during February and March, usually a low sales season, new car prices also go down a little bit but never compared with the levels reached during the last quarter of the year.

Nissan Canada sometimes offers the Rogue during October-November with 4,000CAD savings incentives.

Anytime for Used Cars

A new car is the same anywhere: you go to dealer X, Y, and Z and they all have the 0 Km same vehicle. Wherever dealer you go, you will get the same exact “clone.” But used cars are different. Buying a used car is more a matter of opportunity than timing. Any time in the year you can find different used car offers as these aren’t globally managed by a massive market flow.

Looking for a Used Car: Don’t Rush If Possible

While I’ve talked about it on other articles, you need to remember that even with the same exact kilometers, same precise date of maintenance and being in similar weather conditions, vehicles depreciate in different.  Cars are used differently: bumps, driving habits, breaking hard, breaking slow, high speeds, low speeds… there are multiple factors that affect the actual condition of a vehicle. And all this can result in the fact that both “brother” cars have different costs.

If you are looking for a used car, don’t rush. The ideal time span you should use for exploring alternatives is 3 – 4 weeks of 10 hours a week of search. The fact that you have found a desirable offer doesn’t directly means that you should go with it. We have all been there and that “opportunity feeling” influences a lot on making a decision.

Propose Yourself at Least 10 Options on a Spreadsheet

One thing that helps a lot not to rush and be happy with whatever decision you make at the end is to put as many options as possible on the table. Yes, an actual “data table” or spreadsheet. If you propose yourself to get up to, let’s say, ten choices, then you can be sure that you will make an excellent final decision.

Take your time, don’t rush, and do a table with all available options before saying “Deal!”.

Urgency? Yes, sometimes it is urgent…

If your current car is broken, you have the “urgent need” of having a car, or you just some eventuality is rushing you, then I suggest you analyze the following before jumping into any decision. 

  • If your urgency is because of work, consider evaluating the monthly costs of a lease for a new car.
  • If it is because you need more space because of a new family member, work reasons or just upgrading for space, consider SUVs available under 500CAD/month.
  • If you are considering used vehicles, take at least two weeks of intensive search. The more time you take and the more options you see, the better decision you’ll make.
  • If your car is broken and you urgently need one, consider renting another one for a few days while you decide. 

The best choice will always depend on how clear your judgment was at the moment of closing your next car deal. Good luck!

About the author

Jorge Diaz is a passionate car lover, winter driver & Software Engineer. For the last 10 years, he has built Online Solutions used by more than 5,000 companies across the globe. He founded LeaseCosts in 2016 with the purpose of simplifying and helping people to better understand the complex market of new vehicles in Québec and Canada. You can connect with Jorge in LinkedIn or send him a direct message.

Article reference: 
https://www.leasecosts.ca/en/articles/best-time-buy-car-canada

Buying a Used Car: How to Choose a Payment Option

When the time comes to buy a used car, there are many financial factors to consider. Perhaps your budget will narrow your used car choices, or you may not be aware of the payment options available. We are ready to show you some ways you can pay for your vehicle and to show you that the make and model you desire most may well be within your reach if you plan carefully.

Consider the Time Frame

As you consider payment options, one of the first factors you might want to think about is how long you will be paying for your car. Whether you secure a loan through the bank or choose in-house financing with us and depending on your credit, your loan could be as brief as two or three years or as long as five. It is important to understand the exact terms of the length of your loan before you sign off on a vehicle.

Give Yourself Time

Even if you find yourself needing a new vehicle for your commute to work or school, you should avoid jumping into a deal right away. Take the time to consider your options, as this may help you avoid hefty payments that might be hard to handle later on. For example, ask yourself whether your current car is a valid trade in or if you can secure a down payment that may help lower the cost of a vehicle.

Review Your Budget

One mistake many people make when they shop for used cars is to miscalculate how much they can afford to pay monthly. To avoid this error, you will need to factor more than just the car payment into your auto ownership budget. The cost of insurance, gas and other taxes and fees that will need to be paid when you purchase a vehicle should all be included in your budget to ensure you do not overextend it.

Buying a used car can be a challenge, especially if you are unsure of your payment options. However, being prepared and asking the right questions can help you get the car you want at an affordable payment.

Getting the Best Interest Rate on a Used Car

You’ve narrowed down your search for the perfect used car for your needs and budget and are ready to address your finance options. If you won’t be buying the car outright, you’ll need to finance it, which means paying interest. To avoid paying more than necessary for used cars, you’ll want to keep your interest rate as low as possible, which you can easily do with a few good tips.

Think About Financing Through the Dealer

While you might think financing your car through a dealer is automatically more expensive, the truth of the matter is that doing so could net you a pretty solid deal. This is because dealerships can offer incentives like zero-percent financing and other specialized low rates. Check to see what’s on the table before you think about financing elsewhere.

Consider a Certified Pre-Owned Car

It seems counter intuitive, but older cars usually come with higher interest rates when compared to newer models. Instead of thinking you’re better off with a new model, consider the fact that dealerships sometimes have zero-percent interest specials on their certified pre-owned cars. Be sure to ask about them as you’re walking up and down the aisles checking out cars.

Consider Your Term Length

If it’s at all possible, get a car loan with the shortest term length possible. The reason for this is that a shorter term length equals a shorter repayment length, which means a lower amount of interest paid over the life of your loan. Another great thing about getting a term length as short as possible is that you don’t have to worry as much about being upside down on your loan, which is what happens when you owe more on your car than it’s worth.

As you can see, there are several things you can do to keep the interest rate low on your used car. Be sure to put these tips to good use.

Smart Shopping for Used Cars

When you’re looking at used cars, the first one on the lot to catch your eye won’t be the minivan. That sports car with its smooth lines is going to wink at you and call you out for a high-powered spin. However, one surefire way to end up with buyer’s remorse is to buy a car that doesn’t work for you.

One of the most important factors in car shopping is knowing what you can afford. Before you even call the dealer, have a clear idea of how much car you can afford and how much you can put into a down payment. If you are taking out a loan, have your financing arranged.

Then, assess your vehicle needs. Do you have a family? Will you be chauffeuring the kids to school or frequently carrying passengers? If so, a two-seater probably isn’t the ticket for you. Instead, you will want to look at used cars with extra space and plenty of safety features.

You should also account for the weather in your area and the types of driving you do. If you live in a mild climate and spend most of your time on paved roads, you do not to worry about features such as four-wheel drive. If you do live in an area with severe weather or bad roads, make sure you select a vehicle with the clearance, power, and traction to get you safely to your destination.

Finally, decide whether fuel economy is important to you. If you are on a tight budget, do a lot of driving or want to minimize your impact on the environment, choose a car that gets efficient gas mileage in town and on the highway.

If you have unlimited funding and plan to spend your days speeding along sunny coastal roads, go for it. Heed the sports car’s siren call. If not, you should plan carefully before setting out to look at used cars to make sure you end up with a vehicle that truly meets your needs.

Why You Should Finance Through a Used Car Dealership

If you’ve been looking at used cars but are worried about how you’ll finance one, consider doing so through the dealership. Financing your used vehicle purchase through the dealer offers several advantages.

It’s Easier to Do

If you try to finance a used vehicle purchase through a traditional lender, you could find yourself stuck. Between gathering all the proper paperwork, talking to the financer and waiting for a response, you might be immobile for days or longer. This is especially detrimental if you need a vehicle right away to get to work or to handle other responsibilities. Dealership financing usually offers more flexible interest rates and better warranty offers, not to mention the ability to drive a car off the lot the same day.

You Could Find Better Options

Dealerships sometimes provide rebates or credits that you wouldn’t receive if you went through a traditional lender. You could receive much lower interest rates for the first few months to a year. In addition, extended financing might be an option, which will make it easier for you to pay back your loan over a number of years if you can’t afford the larger monthly payments commonly associated with receiving financing from a bank or other lender.

Financing Is Available for Those With Bad Credit

If your credit is less than perfect, you aren’t very likely to receive a loan from a non-dealership lender, and if you do, you’ll probably have much higher interest rates or other “penalties” tacked on. Dealerships are more willing to work with people who have bad credit. You will likely still have a higher payment or interest rate initially, but you will also be able to refinance within a few months, which is not usually an option with other lenders.

Even something as simple as checking review from former customers could keep you from making a bad decision.

Why Buying from a Dealer Makes Sense

When you go looking for used cars, you have the option of going to a dealer or a private seller. There are arguments to be made for either, depending upon your situation, but we believe for most people going to a reputable, established dealership is the top choice. Here are the main reasons why buying from a dealer may be in your best interest.

 

A Broad Selection of Quality Cars

 

Every day on our lots we offer a fine choice of sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, crossovers, trucks, minivans, coupes and other vehicles. There is no need for you to drive all over town looking at one car at a time. We have everything in one place. All of our cars have been inspected by our mechanics and are in excellent condition when we put them out on the lot. You know when you select a vehicle from us that it is in great shape, which is not always the case when buying from an individual.

 

Financing Options

 

We offer financing for our cars, something that could be difficult to obtain from a private seller, especially if the car is over five years old, or if you have credit issues. Our office staff will work with you to come up with the best deal for you in terms of interest rates, low down payment and a manageable monthly payment. Out staff will also help you with all of the paperwork associated with buying a used car.

 

Maintenance Support

 

We service all of the used cars we sell so there is no need for you to look for a reputable mechanic. We provide routine maintenance in the form of oil changes, as well as tires and wheels, brakes and steering and engine work. Our maintenance staff is experienced in keeping your vehicle running and we offer convenient hours to fit into your busy schedule.