People are often discouraged from owning a used luxury car, as urban legends and myths abound about the practical difficulties of maintaining a used luxury car. Are car parts readily available? How expensive are these parts? Are there qualified people to repair my car? All these questions need answers in order for you to make an informed decision about whether you want to own a used luxury car or not.
Based on the misconceptions about owning a luxury car, you might feel justified in believing that it’s almost impossible to own and maintain a used luxury car. However, nothing can be further from the truth.
Here are 6 of the more common misconceptions about owning a luxury used car:
1.Mechanics at the Car Dealerships only know how to repair the newer models in the range.
Most car dealer service departments tend to focus on the latest models in their range; thereby leaving a knowledge gap when it comes to the older models in the range.
In spite of this, there are still car dealerships with mechanics who know how to service the older models. You just need to do a bit of research, ask around, and you will soon find a dealership that can repair your vehicle.
2. Only the Car Dealerships should fix your car.
Specialist technicians, who are able to repair the older models, often set up their own independent workshops where they repair the different brands and models of used luxury cars. If you take your car to them, you will find that the cost of a repair or service can be substantially less than that of a car dealership.
There are also general mechanics who specialise in repairing the different older car model brands. If you look around for someone with experience, you will find one.
3.You need genuine replacement parts.
It is a misnomer that you need to replace your car’s parts with genuine parts. There are quality non-genuine parts that expert mechanics can use when repairing your car. This will help reduce the cost of the repairs, making it more affordable to own a used luxury car.
It is important, however, to ensure that non-genuine parts used to repair your car are quality parts. There are non-genuine parts that are of poor quality, which can possibly harm your car if fitted.
4.Do non-genuine parts last as long genuine parts?
It is possible to buy non-genuine replacement parts for each used car brand in Australia. These parts are manufactured in the same factory as the genuine parts. The only difference is that they don’t have the factory badge and the price tag that comes with the genuine parts. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that, although they cost less, they last just as long as genuine parts.
5.Over time, you’ll pay more for services.
The truth is that the cost of everything becomes more expensive over time. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the cost of a car service in spite of the continual rising cost of items.
Dealer networks often charge more for repairs or a service than independent mechanics charge. You can reduce the cost of a service by avoiding the dealer service networks and seeking out qualified mechanics who are experienced in repairing your car.
6.It costs more to maintain a used luxury car than a cheaper volume branded car.
Often used luxury cars will have longer service intervals than the high volume brands meaning that your car will require less services over time.
Finally, there might be some initial hurdles to overcome when first purchasing your car, but you will find that the benefits of owning a used luxury car far outweigh the costs of maintaining the car.