Are you in the market for a car? Owning a car presents the opportunity for personal control when it comes to mobility. With a personal car, you can travel to any place you want at any hour of the day or night without being restricted by a lack of public transport.

While purchasing a new car offers the benefit of you being the first owner of the vehicle, it can be an expensive acquisition.

If you're looking to save money on your car purchase, used cars are a viable option because they're cheaper to buy compared to new cars. In addition to saving you money up front, a used car can deliver the following benefits:

You incur less depreciation on the value of your car.

All cars, whether new or used, depreciate (that is, lose value) as the days, weeks, months and years pass by. However, the depreciation rate for used cars tends to be much lower than that for new ones because the bulk of depreciation has already occurred, with the first owner taking the big hit.

While a used car will still depreciate, you'll lose less money, less quickly. 

You can get a car that's in great working condition.

Buying a used car means forgoing the status of owning a brand-new car, but that doesn't mean you won't be getting a car that is still in great working condition. For example, a well-maintained, slightly used car can deliver the reliable performance of a brand-new car without its high upfront price tag.

All you have to do to ensure you're getting a good car is to have a trusted mechanic inspect the vehicle before you can buy it. If you can find a vehicle that is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty, that's even better.

Buying used is good for the environment.

Buying a used car is a good thing for the environment in that it reduces the demand for new cars, which require virgin raw materials to manufacture. Buying used also helps keep existing cars on the road longer, thus reducing the need for car recycling activities, which require energy to execute and may release harmful emissions into the environment.

As you can see, buying a used car can deliver real benefits to you and the environment. If you want to buy a used car but don't know how to go about it, talk to the experts at a car dealership near you about your needs and they'll help you choose a car that fits your budget.