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Used car myths debunked with Carousell

/ 07:00 AM December 18, 2020

When you’re on the lookout for a used car, what are some of the things that you’re checking to make sure you’re getting the right value for money? There’s a saying that buying a used car is like buying its owner, and it seems to hold true for most instances. But there are some common myths that car buyers seem to believe in, regardless of what they know about cars.

We’ve all heard of these car ‘myths,’ but which ones are true and which ones are not? Here we take a look at some of the most common beliefs surrounding used cars, and how you can combat them using Carousell, your go-to app for anything and everything you want to buy and sell.

Low mileage means better car

This is probably the most common myth among them all, and with good reason. Getting a used car with low mileage means it has greater value, right? Not always. Low-mileage cars can be just as worn down as those with higher mileage, especially if the previous owner just lets the car sit in its garage for a long period of time while its gaskets are corroding.

To ensure you’re getting bang for the buck, check out the listings available on Carousell PH that provide realistic specifications for the particular car model and year you’re looking for. Trusted dealers will always make sure you are informed of the car’s actual condition, and they will show you evidence of this when you go check out the car yourself. 

For example, if you want to look for used top-of-the-line luxury or sports cars, you can visit @toncars on Carousell where brands such as Mercedes, Lincoln, Porsche, and Ferrari are available for buyers. Each listing comes with complete specifications, providing potential buyers all the necessary information they need before making a purchase.

You can always read and review feedback from the dealer’s previous customers using Carousell’s Feedback feature. There are over 24,000 satisfied Carousell customers every month, so you can be assured that you will find the right dealer for you.

New cars are more efficient than old cars

Dealerships will always tell you to buy a new car instead of a used one because they are safer and more efficient. While buying a new car has its definite perks, it’s not always the case. Efficiency will always vary from model to model, regardless if it’s new or not.

If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient car, @carempire offers subcompact cars that are known for fuel efficiency, such as the 2018 Toyota Vios E or the Kia Rio 2017 1.4 EX. The car dealer has more than 10,000 followers on Carousell and is rated five stars by reviewers.

Cars with good tires are good cars

When checking out used cars, some sellers will tell you that the tires have lots of tread left, which means it’s not used as much. But most people won’t be able to gauge properly by plain sight or even by touching it. To make sure you won’t be fooled, check out the tires’ date codes that show exactly how old they are, which is just as important as how many miles they’ve actually travelled.

Carousell’s Chat-to-Buy feature will let you discuss all of these details with the seller even before buying the car, so you don’t have to provide your personal information just yet. You’ll know immediately whether the tires will need changing without going through the hassle of checking them out yourself.

Cars with mods add value to the car

More often than not, if a used car looks great with all its new modifications such as wings, rims, a Bluetooth radio, subwoofers, or any other accessories you might think of, sellers demand for a higher value. But looking at it from a different perspective, it can also mean that the previous owner has abused the car by messing with its original modifications. Function will always be superior to form, so don’t be fooled by all those upgrades without looking under the hood.

You can check out the Collections feature on Carousell that offers a more curated experience when you’re in search of the used car of your dreams. The online selling platform has over 20,000 vehicles from 54 car brands on sale monthly, so you will have the option to see the exact listing you’re looking for based on your searches.

Currently, Carousell’s Autos Christmas OverDRIVE offers car discounts up to P350,000, with up to 5% discount on accessories and up to 10% discount on special vehicles. The promo will run until December 31, 2020.

Technologically advanced cars are superior to old ones

Also one of the most common beliefs in buying cars is if it’s more technologically advanced, it’s better. High-tech accessories such as built-in GPS systems, sunroofs, and adaptive cruise control might be the trend nowadays, but nothing beats those old cars that were made to last a lifetime.

For instance, on sale in Carousell now is a 1990 Mercedes-Benz c124 coupe. The car dealer, @89_cartrading, put this 300ce automatic transmission for sale recently and it’s got a full AMG package to boot. Prospective buyers are already eyeing this beauty one week after it’s been listed, and it goes to show that classic cars will never go out of style.

You can make sure to see only the good used cars available out there by personalizing the way you see Carousell’s marketplace. You can follow those sellers that you trust and even like their posts so you can keep track if the seller suddenly decides to bring down the price.

These used car myths can really mislead you into buying something that will disappoint you later on, but you can be sure that Carousell PH will guide you to make the right decision. Download Carousell for free on the App Store or Google Play. Follow Carousell PH on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.


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