Car buying can be tough. Options abound! And cars just keep getting better. But going from dealership to dealership has almost become a thing of the past. Doing car comparisons online is way more comfortable but, where do you start if you don't know exactly what you want? And, even if you think that you know exactly what you'd like to buy, maybe you are aren't aware of all of the ways you can save money to get yourself your perfect ride.
We have put together a few money saving tips on buying and shopping, and have some examples of how thinking outside the box can save you money ... and get you more.
Don’t get stuck on New Cars: Try New to You
It is easy to be to be allured by that new car smell, but with the increase in drivers forgoing buying in lieu of leasing their daily drivers, and lease durations now dropping from 3 years to even shorter periods, it is entirely possible to buy a car that is (almost) as good as new but is more feature-rich and affordable than a car that just rolled out of the factory. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) programs are designed for cars recently off-lease and can offer some real money saving benefits. A manufacturer sponsored CPO program has stringent requirements of how the cars get sold as CPO cars, meaning they have full inspections, warrantees that they are safe and as operable as if they are new, all technology is in working order and, they all get brand new tires!
Certified Pre-Owned Jaguar XF
Jaguar has a Certified Pre-Owned program that, unlike other manufacturers, covers their full line of cars. Called the Select Certified Jaguar program, it includes the previous 5 model years. A Select Certified Jaguar undergoes a complete mechanical and cosmetic inspection and comes with a vehicle history report and, as a luxurious additional bonus, complimentary roadside assistance and a 6 year/100,000 mile deductible free warranty.
A 2015 Jaguar XF luxury sports sedan starts at $50,175.00 for the 2.0L but the 2011 XF from the Select Certified program with under 40,000 miles on the odometer is about $10,000.00 less. Of course, you could always forgoe the Select Certified Program and grab a 2013 used Jaguar XF with even lower mileage for about $35,000 but it hasn't necessarily been reconditioned to Jaguar's hugh standards.
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