Buying a second hand car can be a great choice as it allows you to save money in the knowledge that someone else has paid for the early years of vehicle depreciation. What's more, as cars have become increasingly reliable over the years and engines have greater longevity, many second hand cars are barely run in by the time they are placed on the used car market.
However, when you decide that you wish to take the used car route to buying a new car for yourself, you'll want to make sure that you're getting not just a top quality but also value-for-money from a reputable dealer. While cars have improved beyond all recognition over the years, there are still dodgy car dealers around!
So the first point in our used car buying guide for the military is that you should carefully think about what you can afford to spend and whether you want to purchase the car outright or buy one using a finance agreement. Historically, finance has been difficult to arrange if you are a member of the military, especially if you are living on a military base or are not on the voters role. But nowadays special finance packages are available that usually overcome this problem and allow military personnel to buy the car they want as easily as any person on civvy street.
Getting car insurance used to present a problem for military personnel, but insurance is available nowadays from firms that understand the military lifestyle and this even extends to insurance deals that provide laid up cover while you are on tour.
So, now you know that financing and insuring your new car is unlikely to present you with any difficulties, you can enjoy yourself shortlisting the make and model of cars that will suit your lifestyle. Take time to read reviews of the cars you are interested in on websites and the motoring press. Also take special note of owner reviews on car forums to find out if there are any long-term problems with car ownership with specific vehicles.
The final step is to find a used car dealer who understands the needs of the military and can provide you with a package that will take care of financing if you need it and insurance. They should be able to provide you with a wide choice of vehicles that have been subjected to a comprehensive check and provide you with an extended warranty for your peace of mind.
Together, these benefits really do make buying a new used car if you are in the military an enjoyable and stress-free experience.