As a single parent, you may be tempted to buy a great quality car to help you get your children to the locations you want to take them to. You want a safe and reliable vehicle to transport your children in, whether you are driving them to school, to visit the other parent, or to go on vacation. Perhaps you want to get a new vehicle to have enough room for all your kids, or you want more cargo space so you can carry more luggage during your travels.
However you look at it, you want to buy a used car as a single parent. There are many reasons why this can be beneficial to you. Here are reasons why you should consider a used car over another type of vehicle as a single parent.
You save money
When you are the sole parent caring for your kids or you have suddenly found yourself in a position where you have to spread your income because you no longer have your ex-spouse's or partner's income to support your family, you need to save any money you can. When you buy a used car — cars don't usually gain in value in the first place — over a new one, you automatically save money by protecting your funds against depreciation.
Furthermore, your money gets spread even further by allowing you to save money on the car purchase itself. A used car has more miles and wear on it than a new vehicle does, and even if it's in great and like-new condition, it will often sell for cheaper than its new counterpart, allowing you to get a great vehicle while spending less.
You get more options to choose from
When you have specific needs related to buying a car, such as needing a third-row seat, backup assistance, a hatch that can be opened with a button, or a specific type of stereo, you can open up your options for a child-friendly car when you buy used. You get more makes and models related to the types of cars you want when you buy used, even if you have a smaller budget.
You feel more in control
Forking out a lot of money on a new car you aren't sure you will need in a few years as your kids age can make you feel daunted as a single parent without a lot of money to spend. When you invest your funds in a used vehicle instead of a new one, you feel more in control in general and can feel great about your purchase.
Contact a company like Schwieters Chevrolet of Cold Spring for more information on buying a used car.