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Risks with used cars

Asked by Alaster Adams

WITH my budget of about $45,000, should I go in for a new car such as the VW Jetta, Audi A4, Peugeot 407 or Volvo, or a second-hand BMW that's done 75,000-125,000km?

Answered by CarsGuide

3 Aug 2006 Graham Smith

A SECOND-HAND car will be a better model and have more equipment than a new car for the same price, but you are buying a car that has done quite some mileage in the hands of someone you don't know. There are risks buying a used car because you don't how previous owners have treated it. If you're prepared to take them, buy a car with a known service history and have it thoroughly checked by a specialist in that brand.

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