As the leading used Nissan dealership in the area, our team here at Coyle Nissan often gets asked about the benefits of purchasing a used Nissan. Many people are hesitant to shop for used vehicles because there’s an underlying concern for reliability and value. Sure, a new Nissan comes straight from the factory with that dizzying new car smell and a new warranty, but what if we told you that, in many cases, you can get even more bang for your buck from buying a used Nissan. Would you believe us?
This is one reason why Coyle Nissan is the perfect place to shop for used Nissans. We’re here to guide you through the entire car-buying process, and that begins by understanding the many benefits of buying a used or certified pre-owned Nissan. This comes with understanding the key differences between a used vehicle and one that’s certified pre-owned. Yes, there’s a reason the sticker price on a CPO is higher, and you’ll want to know that reason before you start your Nissan shopping spree. So, let’s get started.
Do you have your eye on a workhorse like the Titan, a spacious SUV like the Pathfinder, or an efficient sedan like the Maxima? If you’re looking to save even more money and avoid some of the pitfalls of new car ownership, like rapid depreciation and higher insurance premiums, we encourage you to shop for a used Nissan first. In fact, the Coyle Nissan team highly recommends it, and here’s why!
The biggest benefit of buying a used vehicle is avoiding the high rate of depreciation on a new car. While a new car comes with great perks like lower finance rates, it starts depreciating the moment you drive off the lot. A new vehicle will lose up to half of its value over the first three years of its life on the road. By buying a used car that’s at least three years old or older, you can avoid this initial depreciation and still reap the benefits of a newer model.
Buying a used vehicle also gives you more car for your money and more bang for your buck. Let’s say that your dream SUV is a Nissan Armada with all the bells and whistles you can imagine, but the Nissan Pathfinder is a better fit for your budget. If you stick to only new Nissans, then there isn’t much wiggle room on pricing. However, if you consider used options, you’ll often find that higher-level trims and models like the Armada are more affordable.
As you can see, used cars often give you more car for your money. This is also true when it comes to insurance coverage. Since insurance rates are based on the value of the car, used cars typically come with lower rates because they have already passed the initial stages of depreciation and are less valuable. Consider this: it costs an insurance company a lot more to replace a new car that’s totaled in a wreck than it does to replace a used car.
A lot of customers shy away from buying used vehicles because of the risk involved, i.e., that the vehicle will break down just a few months after their purchase or right after the warranty expires. Fortunately, there’s less risk involved in shopping for used cars today, thanks to companies like CarFax that offer vehicle history reports. Designed to give you more confidence in shopping for a used vehicle, these reports deliver vital information such as the number of owners, accident history, repair history, and more. By using these reports, you’ll learn more about the car, if it’s worth getting an independent inspection, or if it’s time to continue your search.
One of the biggest benefits of shopping for a used Nissan deserves a category of its own - certified pre-owned. If you’ve ever shopped for a used vehicle, you’ve likely noticed that certified pre-owned vehicles come with a higher price tag than used vehicles. This increase in price reflects the extra work put into the vehicle to ensure it meets Nissan’s benchmarks for certification. What do we mean?
For a Nissan to be certified, the vehicle must be less than six years old, have fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer, and have a clean title. If the vehicle meets these criteria, it moves to the next phase of certification - a comprehensive study of the vehicle’s history. Once the Nissan’s history is examined, the vehicle then undergoes a 167-point inspection conducted by a certified Nissan technician. If the vehicle passes inspection and needs only minor repairs, the repairs are done, and then the vehicle is certified.
Nissan’s extensive certified pre-owned qualification process is designed to give drivers peace of mind when shopping for a certified pre-owned Nissan. But Nissan knows that this isn’t enough and gives drivers even more confidence in their purchase by offering a seven-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty as well as roadside assistance. Whether you have a flat tire, the battery dies, or you need a tow, Nissan has you covered.
Now that you know the benefits of shopping for a used Nissan or a certified pre-owned Nissan, let’s talk about the benefits of shopping with Coyle Nissan. By shopping with us, you’re supporting a small local business that takes great pride in offering the best car-buying and car-owning experience in town. How can we make that promise? Because we’re not just here to sell you a car, we’re here to help you maintain it for years down the road.
First entering the automotive industry in 1945, we’ve spent the last eight decades building the Coyle legacy around our commitment to our customers and our core family values of honesty, integrity, and transparency in our business practices. We don’t believe in high-pressure sales, which is why when you shop with us, you’ll instantly feel like part of the family.
As part of our family, we’re here to help you get in the Nissan of your dreams. That begins with browsing our extensive inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs either in person or through our virtual showroom. From there, we’ll guide you through every step of the process, from the test drive to your financing or leasing options. Then, just when you think we can’t offer anything more, we’ll show you our service department and what truly makes us a one-stop-shop for all your Nissan needs.