If you visit our showroom, you’ll find a varied selection of both used and new Ford models. Many of our customers at Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc see our variety of vehicles, and ask themselves and our dealers, ‘should I buy used or brand new?’

The answer is a little more complicated than a simple ‘either-or.’ Used vehicles have a higher value to some drivers as they’re extremely affordable. A used car can easily fit into someone’s budget, and if you want something that is almost new, you can invest in a certified preowned vehicle. Certified preowned vehicles are used cars that have been inspected and refurbished by the manufacturer, giving you a car that’s in mint condition. That said, no matter how refurbished the car is, it won’t offer the new features and technology that you’d find in a brand new vehicle.

New cars offer a kind of appeal that is difficult to ignore. While you’ll likely spend more money than you would if you bought the car used, you’ll get the latest in auto tech and be able to enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the car your driving hasn’t been driven by anyone else. You can also make a new car more affordable by purchasing it with a down payment roughly equal to 20% the value of the car.

So, between buying used or new, which is better? The answer is neither, as both come with their perks and drawbacks, and can all depend on personal preference and budget. If you’re unsure which is right for you, at Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc our Waukesha-area Ford dealers are more than willing to help point you in the right direction.