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First-Time Tips for Buying a Pre-Owned Car, Truck, or SUV

What Should a First-Time Car Buyer Know?

Buying a vehicle often comes with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Shoppers can maximize the former and minimize the latter by going into the car-buying process prepared with the correct information. An automobile is a major financial investment, and it should not be taken lightly. Understanding all of that can be daunting for people doing it for the first time. The team at Davey Auto Sales has several decades of combined experience in car sales, and we’ve seen people make critical mistakes. Follow along to learn a few things every first-time car buyer needs to know.

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Understanding Fuel Costs

Properly managing any vehicle purchase requires understanding the various costs associated with it. Fuel is the one that is the most visible because of how often you’re likely to stop at the gas station. Obviously, buyers will need to choose an automobile platform to meet their needs, but none of that matters much if it breaks the bank filling the tank. The Canadian Automobile Association provides a handy calculator to help new buyers set their fuel budget. Looking at fuel costs by type shows the following cost estimates for Ontario:

Compact cars

Total Cost per km: $0.45
Average Fuel Economy (L/100): 6.77
Annual Cost of Gas per Year: $2,286.38

Crossover SUV

Total Cost per km: $0.54
Average Fuel Economy (L/100): 8.56
Annual Cost of Gas per Year: $2,893.04

Pickup Truck

Total Cost per km: $0.77
Average Fuel Economy (L/100): 14.05
Annual Cost of Gas per Year: $4,748.51


Total Cost per km: $0.50
Average Fuel Economy (L/100): 7.80
Annual Cost of Gas per Year: $2,636.18

How Much Does Used Car Maintenance Cost?

Used vehicles can save buyers money on the purchase price, but there will be many variables surrounding maintenance needs because of questions about the condition. Davey Auto Sales does its best to ensure every vehicle we sell is safe and reliable. The best way to keep any car, truck or SUV in the best possible condition is to bring it to a trusted service center for regular maintenance. Most oil changes are pretty affordable, especially when considering the costly alternative.

If you have any questions or concerns about the car-buying process, make an appointment to speak with a Davey Auto Sales product expert today.

Aug 15th, 2023