In my last post I compared the advantages of buying used luxury cars vs new everyday models. In that article I focused on the immediate value comparison. Now it’s time to take a closer look at what it’s like to own each type of car.
While second hand luxury cars come down to prices comparable with new mainstream models, replacement parts don’t come second hand. This means forking out more money to maintain the higher quality of a luxury car. Luxury car dealerships target people with high disposable income and set their prices accordingly.
Southbank Prestige, the first company to bring used luxury car sales to Melbourne, have an associated Service Centre dedicated to providing the highest standard luxury car mechanics at fair prices. This mitigates the maintenance costs associated with luxury cars while premium engineering ensures a more reliable driving experience compared to everyday models.
This is an interesting aspect of comparing used luxury to new everyday vehicles. Being more recent, everyday cars have the upper hand when it comes to modern features like bluetooth sound systems. Even new cars priced around $10 000 are likely to have this feature nowadays.
However, there are some features luxury cars have that even the latest mainstream cars won’t. Leather interior with built-in seat heaters, massaging chairs, air-powered lumbar support, and tri-zone automatic climate control, for example. Many Mercedes Benz models from over 10 years ago have double paned windows for sound insulation with an anti-fog layer of air in between. You just don’t get this kind of fine detail feature with a mainstream vehicle.
Used luxury cars don’t have the advantage of today’s technology, but they were built to yesterday’s most exacting standards. In many cases, they will still be better equipped than the latest mainstream models.
That said, luxury cars are the first to benefit from new innovations and the steepest depreciation happens in the first couple of years. For surprisingly little extra, you can find the best of both worlds with a 2-3 year old luxury car.
The used luxury vs new everyday debate comes down to whether you want to drive a basic car with the latest snazzy feature, or a car built with painstaking attention to detail and all the greatest features of its day. Besides, how much good is bluetooth without a luxury sound system?
To explore used luxury car options, view the current stock at Southbank Prestige or give them a call on (03) 9696 7773.