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5 Popular Myths About Buying a Used Car


MYTH #1: Used Cars Aren’t Reliable

These days, car companies build their vehicles to last. With innovative engine technologies and striking advances in machinery and automotive design, vehicles can last well past the 250,000-kilometer mark.

Keep in mind, if a vehicle is going to stand the test of time, it needs to be taken care of. This includes regular maintenance, oil changes, and day-to-day upkeep.

If there’s a vehicle you’ve been eyeballing and want to know about the general reliability of the model, why not try J.D. Power and Associates? They’re a trusted source of information on vehicle reliability. They use online surveys, customer satisfaction reports, and buyer behaviors to give vehicles an overall reliability score. All the information they collect is available for free online. Just search the make, model and year of the car you’re interested in buying.

MYTH #2: There’s No Way of Knowing if a Used Car is a Lemon or Not

There are actually several ways to protect yourself from buying a lemon*:

  1. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles – These vehicles are required to meet certain criteria before they’re qualified as being Certified Pre-Owned. The dealership inspects them, refurbishes them, and covers them with an after manufacturer warranty. Go Auto currently has several hundred of CPO Vehicles in stock!
  2. Vehicle History Report – By searching your vehicle’s VIN number, you can see if it’s ever been in an accident before and how serious the collision was.
  3. Extended Warranties – These can cover your car for additional kilometers outside the original manufacturer’s warranty.

Also Read: Everything You Need to Know About Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

*Note: A “lemon” is a vehicle that’s been sold with manufacturing defects.

MYTH #3: Used Cars Are Gas Guzzlers

The amount of fuel your vehicle consumes depends on the size of your engine and how well it’s been maintained.

For instance, if you buy a vehicle with a 2.4-L engine, you can expect relatively good fuel efficiency when compared with a bigger V6 engine. Same goes for a well-maintained engine opposed to a neglected one.

The overall age of a vehicle plays little part in how much fuel the vehicle burns.

MYTH #4: Used Cars Don’t Have Any Resale Value

When properly maintained, your vehicle’s overall value can stand the test of time. Things like…

  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Fuel Economy
  • Appearance
  • Space

When properly maintained, vehicles can hold their value and help keep the resale value of your vehicle relatively high. If you decide to sell in a few years and have properly maintained your vehicle over the course of ownership, you might be able to sell or trade it in for a good chunk of money.

Also, consider the fact that if you buy a used vehicle, you’re going to pay less for it in the first place. So in order to “save face” or recoup some of your costs, you’re not going to need as big of a return.

Also Read: 8 Life Hacks That Will Keep Your Car Running Longer

MYTH #5: There is No Way to Know if a Used Car’s Been Taken Care Of

Again, this is simply not true.

Any certified mechanic can tell if a car has been treated well over the course of its life. When an original owner ignores signs of trouble, skips oil changes or forgets to bring the car in for regular maintenance appointments, a mechanic can look at the vehicle and know within minutes.

Whenever Go Auto buys a used vehicle, it goes through a rigorous point-by-point inspection to determine what, if anything, needs to be fixed.


When you buy a used vehicle from Go Auto, you receive a Free Vehicle History Report, a 140-Point Inspection — detailing the full mechanical and visual inspection performed by a Factory Certified Technician — and a 3 Month / 5000 KM Warranty, on top of a host of other guaranteed benefits. To learn more, read here.

These days, there should be no reason to fear buying used. At least not at Go Auto! Want to know more about any of our vehicles, or our Certified Pre-Owned Program? Give us a shout at 780-777-7777.

With 40+ dealerships across Western Canada and free vehicle delivery anywhere in Alberta — in case you decide to buy online — there are major benefits to buying your next used vehicle with us!

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